Our inaugural Clipper Round The World Race Bursary was the brain child of James Lloyd and John Olsen, teamArchie supporter and Clipper alumni. We received an overwhelming number of applications after announcing the bursary. The Trustees were able to narrow it down to a shortlist of those to attend an interview day in London.
The Clipper Race is the sort of challenge Archie would have loved - requiring determination, stamina, teamwork and the ability to keep smiling and working as a team even when everything’s against you.
-James Lloyd, Trustee and Archie’s Father
During the interview day we met some fantastic candidates. An absolute standout candidate was Callum Leach. Callum left school at 16 with no qualifications and spiralled into a young life of drug-taking and drinking. Homeless, he found himself in a hostel in his home city of Hull - reaching rock bottom when an overdose saw him end up in hospital. Five years later, the 21-year-old in front of us is transformed. He is a proud and confident young sailor after being introduced to the charity CatZero and we had no doubt that Callum was the right choice for this bursary.
Through his involvement with CatZero’s sailing-based programmes, Callum has shown determintation to turn his life around. We know that Callum’s attitude and personality will add a lot to his crew on board Zhuhai.
- James Lloyd, Trustee and Archie’s Father
Sailing from London’s St Katharine Docks to Punta del Este, Uruguay over 35 days, Callum will be living his dream as a crew member on board Zhuhai, one of the 11 matched racing yachts making up the race- undertaken around the world in eight-legs for non professional crew. The Clipper Race is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other.
Callum departs for his leg of the race on Sunday 1st September and we wish him the best of luck. We are all rooting for you and can’t wait to hear news of your adventure.