UCB Home Loans is one of the Business Club Members associated with the race. It will be supporting the event through its involvement with the Unisys EMC sponsored yacht skippered by 30 year old Dee Caffari. The yacht, which will carry the UCB brand on her hull, is the only one of the 12 in the race to have a female skipper.
The Global Challenge, which sets off from Portsmouth on October 3, involves 12 identical 72-foot ocean racing yachts, each crewed by 17 ordinary men and women and led by a professional skipper. Sailing 'the wrong way' around the world against the prevailing winds and currents, the event has rightly earned its label as the world's toughest yacht race.
During their 30,000 mile voyage the crews stop off at Buenos Aires, Wellington, Sydney, Cape Town, Boston and La Rochelle before returning to Portsmouth next July.