Huw Fernie turned his back on a career in aeronautical engineering for his real passion of sailing, which began as a child while holidaying with his grandparents.

31-year-old Huw from Falmouth, Cornwall, is very familiar with the Clipper Race, having worked as a training mate for the crew heading off on their 40,000-mile voyage since 2012.

Now Huw will be embarking on his own adventure, he says he cannot wait to get going: “It felt like the timing was right because I've known about the Clipper Race for so long and had a lot of encouragement from previous race skippers and also from the crews I've trained. I've always wanted to sail around the world and the challenge of doing it in a race seems like a great idea.”

After getting his degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Glasgow University, Huw turned his attention to sailing full-time and has already experienced sailing some of the Clipper Race route.

In the past Huw has delivered yachts down to Australia for the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race and when his crew line up for the Leg 4 event on December 26, 2015, it will be his third time competing in the celebrated Boxing Day extravaganza.

He said: “I like getting involved with challenges and have been lucky enough to work with a couple of people I really admire. I helped Sir Robin Knox-Johnston prepare his boat for the 2006-07 Velux 5 Oceans Race and I was part of the team who helped sailor Hilary Lister, who is quadriplegic, sail around Britain in 2009.”