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Sheppey Sea Cadet volunteer, Adam Montgomery, from Minster, is off on a Pacific challenge with the Clipper Round the World Race

12 March 2014
by Emma Grove

Adam Montgomery is currently in Qingdao, China, waiting to leave for the sixth leg of the race – a 5,800-mile trek across the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco.

The 24-year-old, who is due to start his part in the 40,000-mile global challenge on Sunday. has decided to raise money for charity and is already well on the way to reaching his £1,500 target for The Marine Society and Sea Cadets.

Adam Montgomery, far left, with the other sea cadet volunteers who have won places in the race

Adam Montgomery, far left, with the other sea cadet volunteers who have won places in the race

He is one of two Islanders who are in the Clipper contest, which started in September last year, as James Hendry, from Halfway, is also part of the British crew.

The fleet of boats moored overnight in Queenborough last year before the race left Southend Pier.

Adam, from Minster, was one of 11 sea cadet volunteers from across the UK to be chosen and they have been spending time with school children in China to teach them new skills and games before setting off on the race.

They were picked from thousands of volunteers after a national competition was launched to find crew members.

He said: “The Clipper Race has given me this incredible opportunity to tackle one of the world’s most treacherous oceans.

“It’ll be a huge achievement to arrive in San Francisco representing my country.

“The icing on the cake was being chosen for Great Britain – it felt amazing.

“I met with all the GB crew earlier this week including fellow Islander James Hendry.

“Morale is really high due to GB being confirmed as the leg five winner – but with that comes a lot of pressure to maintain the success.”

Adam’s sister Nina, a Sheppey sea cadets training officer, said the family is very proud of him and the cadets are all excited.

“We are 100% supporting Adam in following his dream,” she said.

“It will be great to hear all about it when he gets back.”

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