Former Team GB athlete Heather Fell relished Clipper Round the World Yacht Race


Last Updated: 15/07/14 2:34pm

Heather Fell arrives in London at the end of the Clipper Round The World Race

Heather Fell says her desire to test herself was the prime motivation behind deciding to participate in the 2013-2014 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

The former Team GB modern pentathlete competed for Team Jamaica Get All Right on two legs of the 40,000 mile circumnavigation that finished at London's St Katherine’s Dock at the weekend.

More than 670 crews from 40 different nations competed across the 16 races and Fell revelaed she never dreamt of being given such an opportunity.

"I love any challenge that's to do with any kind of sport and took this challenge as I didn't have any competitions to focus on this year," Fell told Sky Sports.

"I sailed a little bit with dinghies when I was younger before the pentathlon took over for me and my grandfather a great grandfather sailed quite a bit.

"I actually boarded one of the boats in Plymouth when Sir Robin Knox-Johnston started this race back in 1996 and I remember dreaming about it and never really thinking I could have done something like this.

"So when I talked to Clipper about this project I jumped at the opportunity. I got a call at 7:00pm on the Wednesday to say my flight was leaving the next morning and I was on board by Friday so it was all quite last-minute."

Fell, who has been writing a blog for Sky Sports detailing her adventure, admitted the Clipper Race had been a voyage of discovery for her in more ways than one.

"Everyone comes with a different story and a different reason for taking part in the race which I found fascinating," she said.

"It's been really good fun and it's been really interesting seeing how the teams work. It's a completely mixed bunch of people and everyone brings something different to the table.

"You need have to confidence and trust in one another when you are at sea and not take things personally. It can sometimes get quite lonely despite being all crammed together on a boat which is a strange emotion, but you miss things like not being able to hug your friends.

"But I would recommend it to anyone who has thought about doing it before and anyone who likes to push themselves and likes to try something new."