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Council member runs away to sea

The Global Challenge 2004–2005 (‘the world’s toughest yacht race’) got under way from Portsmouth in early October. Sally Dixon, of Institute Council and PwC, will be joining them in November for the second leg of this round-the-world race – from Buenos Aires around Cape Horn, west through the Southern Ocean, to Wellington, New Zealand. The 6,000-mile leg will last about six weeks, during which time the crews are expected to battle with 70mph winds, 50-foot waves. and icebergs!

Sally will be on Samsung, one of 12 identical 72-foot yachts. Each yacht has a professional skipper and 17 crew volunteers. ‘I’m excited to be taking part in the race – it will be very challenging (and I’m sure there will be times when I wish I were back at my desk!) but very rewarding – a great learning experience. And whilst I go voluntarily into some pretty tough weather conditions, I hope to raise some money for World Vision’s emergency relief projects dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters around the world’, she said.

You can follow all the action (including latest positions and reports from the crews) at www.globalchallenge2004.com/en/. If you would like to sponsor Sally, follow the link to www.worldvision.org.uk/waystodonate/makeadonation/default.asp