A sea cadet from South Yorkshire is preparing for the trip of a lifetime – taking part in a round-the-world yacht race.
Laura Frudd will brave freezing temperatures, gruelling conditions and strong currents when she races from Qingdao, China to San Francisco, USA with her team.
The 24-year-old is joining the crew of the Mission Performance yacht and will be racing against 11 other yachts during the Clipper challenge, which begins in March.
She said: “I’m excited about the challenge. The training is tough, but as soon as we were practising on the water I started to really enjoy myself. I feel at home at sea.”
Laura, of Athersley North, Barnsley, applied for the race through the Sea Cadets – and said she never expected to be successful.
She said: “I was at a festival when my brother called and persuaded me to apply for the Clipper race.
“I’m very adventurous, travelling to India and South East Asia, even climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for charity – therefore a challenge like Clipper was too good an opportunity to miss.”
The Clipper race comprises eight legs.
Leg six, which crosses the Pacific Ocean, is the most challenging – for 25 days, the team must stay focused, preserve their kit and keep morale high until they reach the Californian coast.
Laura joined the Sea Cadets when she was 13.
She soon found her sea legs and it led to her current job as a Navigation Officer with the Royal Auxiliary Fleet.
She has qualifications in navigation, offshore, coxswain, power boating, seamanship and marine engineering.