Amy Willerton, a British actress, model, TV Host and beauty pageant titleholder – who won the title of Miss Universe Great Britain 2013 and represented Great Britain at the Miss Universe 2013 pageant – will compete in the final leg of the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race, from New York across the Atlantic Ocean to London via Derry-Londonderry and Den Helder.
Amy is not scared to challenge herself and live outside her comfort zone. She has run the London Marathon, competed in various triathlons, and also played a part in the Russian Circus. But like 40 per cent of Clipper Race crew, Amy had no previous sailing experience before completing an intensive four week sail training course at the race’s Sydney, Australia base in preparation. She said: “I love taking on a challenge and trying something new and the Clipper Race is the Everest of the ocean. This is probably the hardest thing I’ve done, both physically and mentally and there is so much to learn and to be aware of. But of course that’s what makes it more exciting.”
The only professional on board each yacht is the Skipper, however whilst the crew may be amateur, Mother Nature allows no handicap as storms, strong winds and big waves challenge the crew and make for testing sailing and living conditions. In complete contrast to her glamorous LA lifestyle, Amy will sleep in a small bunk and share a confined 70 foot living space with up to 23 other crew mates.
Amy will be in a watch system which works in four hour shift patterns to allow the boat to keep racing 24/7, she will also join the rest of the crew in taking turns to cook and clean for the entire team, all while the boat can be heeling over at a forty-five degree angle.
Including stopovers in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland and Den Helder, the Netherlands, Amy and the rest of the Clipper Race crew’s adventure will conclude in London on 30 July 2016 with a spectacular Thames River parade.