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Mundesley sailor’s team celebrates first win at world yacht race

David Greer is celebrating his team's first win at the round the world yacht race. Pictures: Supplied by Marie Greer

David Greer is celebrating his team's first win at the round the world yacht race. Pictures: Supplied by Marie Greer

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An intrepid brain injury survivor from north Norfolk is celebrating his team PSP Logistics’ first win in the Clipper 17/18 Round the World Yacht Race.

David Greer, 65, from Mundesley, who survived a brain injury in 2012 which left him unable to walk, is six months into the 11-month race, which is between 11 identical 70ft ocean racing yachts. It is made up of 13 races over eight legs covering 40,000 nautical miles with each yacht crewed by 20 to 22 people.

The race set out from Liverpool on August 20 last year and is expected back there on July 28, 2018.

His team PSP Logistics claimed a maiden race win and crossed the finish line on Thursday, February 22, completing the 4,300 nautical mile Race 7: The Forever Tropical Paradise Race from the Whitsundays in Australia to Sanya, China in 23 days, eight hours, 41 minutes and 20 seconds.

A huge crowd of supporters and well-wishers gathered to cheer the team into port, and they were paraded with great fanfare to the stage in the Clipper Race Village, where they were presented with their winning pennant and officially welcomed to the tropical paradise that is Sanya.

The yacht’s skipper Matt Mitchell said he was very proud of his team’s victory.

He said: “It’s awesome. It was pretty tense with every schedule when we got the position reports in and each time it did, we thought we had dodged a bullet. We’re really pleased we managed to hold the others off.

“We’re happy to be here. It feels a bit overwhelming to be honest but we always knew arriving into China was going to be special.”

PSP Logistics went into the race in sixth place in the overall standings and 12 points off leader Sanya Serenity Coast. They will earn 12 points for the win.

Race spokesman Morgan Kasmarik said: “It was a great achievement, and will add to the two thirds and one second place the team has already won in the opening six races. The teams will be in Sanya until the race to Qingdao begins on March 4.”

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