Hats off to knitting team

Members of a Thornton and Cleveleys knitting circle have been hailed charity champions after helping to raise £700 by knitting bright pink bobble hats for the Liverpool 2018 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race team.

Monday, 21st May 2018, 3:52 pm
Updated Monday, 21st May 2018, 3:56 pm
Margaret Hind, pictured front and centre with her bright pink wool Members of a knitting circle from Thornton-Cleveleys have been hailed Charity Champions after helping to raise £700 by knitting bright pink bobble hats for the Liverpool 2018 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race team.

Margaret Hind, whose son Lance Shepherd is the Skipper of the Liverpool 2018 team yacht, and her knitting group have been putting their knitting skills to good use.

They made 14 bobble hats – matching the colour of the racing yacht – which were auctioned off to crew members for the Clipper Race’s Official Charity Partner, Unicef.

In addition to leading one of the 11 teams of non-professionals in the biggest round the world yacht race, Lance and his team have been fund-raising for the charity, with the bobble hats being the biggest hit so far.

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Having raced some 8,000 nautical miles from Qingdao, China, to where the team is currently, off the coast of Mexico via Seattle, USA, the bright pink woolly hats have been clocking up some serious miles.

Lance said: “The hats are very warm and the great thing about them, which nobody thought about, is that when we are on shore in the marinas, its extremely easy to spot our fellow crew members as they stand out in hot pink!”

On whether there may be any more hats made for the remaining Legs of the Clipper 2017-18 Race, or if they will remain a limited-edition item, Lance confirmed: “They were snapped up very quickly and although it was a great fund-raiser for Unicef, I think my mum has done her bit!

“Thanks mum!”

Since leaving Liverpool, where the race began last August, Lance has led the team t0 Punta del Este, Uruguay; Cape Town, South Africa; Fremantle, Sydney, Hobart and the Whitsundays, Australia; Sanya and Qingdao, China; Seattle, USA, and is currently heading towards Panama. Lance and the Liverpool 2018 team will soon be on the home stretch, after Panama there will be just New York, USA, and Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, standing in the way of the team returning home.

All 11 Clipper Race teams will complete the circumnavigation of the globe and return to Albert Dock, Liverpool, on Saturday, July 28.

To keep up with the latest from the Lance and the Liverpool 2018 team, visit: https://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/team/liverpool-2018/news