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We would like to nominate Phillippa Hutton-Squire for this week’s SCOTW slot. She has just become the first woman to race a Class 40 around Cape Horn during the double-handed Global Ocean Race. Sailing aboard the South African entry, Phesheya-Racing, together with Nick Leggatt, she has also become the first South African woman to skipper a round the world racing yacht past Cape Horn and is likely to be the only woman to race around Cape Horn this season.

As you can see from the photograph after a month at sea in the Southern Ocean she is smiling and full of determination as she faces the final 1200 miles to the next stop of the Global Ocean Race, in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Having already covered something like 21 000 miles from Mallorca, to Cape Town and Wellington, there is still a long way to go after Uruguay. The next stop will be in Charleston, and then there will be a final leg to Les Sables d’Olonne.

Phillippa has been sailing Phesheya-Racing at all the major Class 40 events in Europe over the past two years including the double-handed Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race and the fully crewed Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, becoming the only woman to complete both races in the same year. She is also the only woman to complete both of the first two editions of the double-handed Class 40 Normandy Channel Race.

She is a real inspiration for SCOTW, and in fact an inspiration for all aspiring ocean racers. – Anarchist Dale.