Sail of the century – anchor’s away for action-lady Lynn

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ADVENTURER Lynn Tomkins is braving the ocean waves for the challenge of a lifetime.

Lynn (49), from Milton of Campsie, has signed up as a crew member for a leg of this year’s Clipper Round The World (Yacht) Race.

Lynn will sail on a boat named ‘Edinburgh Inspiring Capital’ – one of 10 identical yachts taking part in the race - as it navigates from San Francisco to Panama, through the famous canal, then up the east coast of America to New York.

She sets off on April 14 and has been given time off work by her employers, Working Links - where she helps get people back to work.

Lynn said: “I have sailed before, but never in ocean racing. More recently I went on a sailing holiday in the Greek islands, which led me to complete and obtain my Day Skipper qualification.

“It was then that I realised how much I enjoyed sailing. I had been aware of the Clipper Round the World Race for a while and applied to take part.

“I have now completed the mandatory 30 days offshore and shore-based training that all crew members have to go through.

“The trip will cover a total of 5,429 miles and I know there’s going to be challenging times along the way – adapting to watch systems, sleep deprivation, different sea and weather conditions, living with 17 other people in a confined area and being away from my home comforts. But I believe it will be the most exciting thing I have ever been involved in.”

Lynn is looking forward to sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge, in San Francisco, and past the Statue of Liberty when she arrives in New York.

She added: “As this is such a challenging and high profile event I have decided to raise money for a charity that has always been very close to my heart - The Royal British Legion.

“They do such amazing work, not just for the veterans of the world wars, but for all those men and women who have ever served in the Armed Forces.”

People wishing to donate can do so by visiting www.virginmoneygiving.com/LynnTomkins1.

SETTING SAIL: Lynn checks out the charts ahead of her adventure on the high seas. For more information about the yacht race, visit www.clipperroundtheworld.com