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Sophie Hetherton crops her hair before joining yacht race crew
Sophie Hetherton after having her hair cut by John Harding and watched by friends, family and crew members in St Katharine Docks, London
MOUNT School girl Sophie Hetherton had her hair chopped for charity before setting off on a round-the-world yacht race.
Sophie, 18, is the youngest female competitor to sign up for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the world’s longest ocean race.
She was given a brand new look after chopping off her waist-length hair two days before she set off from St Katharine Docks, London, on Sunday.
Cheered on by her team, Mission Performance, and in front of hundreds of spectators and visitors at St Katharine Docks, Sophie had her hair cut in a very public style on board one of the dozen 70ft ocean vessels competing in the Clipper Race.
She said: “I was a bit daunted at first as it’s been a while since I last had it cut, let alone in front of so many people, but I’m really pleased I made the decision.”
“For the next 11 months, a stripped down 70ft racing yacht, which I will share with over 20 other crew will be my home.
“With four- hour watches, and no home luxuries like a hot shower or bath, I knew there would be no way I would be able to wash my hair and it would have been far too uncomfortable.”
After an hour of cutting and styling by John Harding, owner of the John Harding Salon at St Katharine Docks, Sophie emerged to a crowd of curious spectators eager to catch a glimpse of her new look.
She now plans to donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides free real-hair wigs to children that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other illnesses.
The 40,000-mile Clipper 13-14 Race takes eleven months to complete and will take Sophie and the 670-strong international crew across six continents with exotic destinations including Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Sydney, Singapore, Qingdao, San Francisco, Panama, Jamaica, New York, Derry-Londonderry and the Netherlands before returning to London’s St Katharine Docks for the race finish in July next year.
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