SBN Newsmakers: Rajani Karuturi, Monroe Township Resident, Sails in Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (SBN) — “I saw an advert on Facebook in February this year, and it sounded very exciting so I thought okay let me try this,” says Rajani Karuturi, 52, from New Jersey, who has traded computers for sailing to race 5,000 miles from Freemantle to Airlie Beach in the Whitsunday Islands, Australia. Rajani is one of almost 700 ordinary people from all over the world taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Karuturi visited the SBN studios for an interview about her experience at sea.

You can watch the interview in the player below.

A podcast version of the interview is also available.


The Clipper Race is a 41,165 nautical mile circumnavigation which takes eleven months to complete. Crew can choose to race around the world or take part in one of more of the eight individual stages with the global route.

Each team, led by a professional skipper and first mate, is crewed by everyday people, from all walks of life and representing 43 different nationalities.

The Clipper Race pulls into ports of call along the way. So far, the race has called into Portimao, Portugal, Punta del Este, Uruguay and Cape Town, South Africa. From Fremantle, the race will restart on 22 December 2019 heading for Whitsundays, Australia; Sanya, China; Subic Bay, Philippines; Zhuhai and Qingdao, China; Seattle and New York, USA; Hamilton, Bermuda; Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland before finishing back in London in Summer 2020.

Correction, 2/25/2020, 7:00 a.m.: Because of incorrect information provided to SBN, an earlier version of this story described Karuturi’s sailing experience as having extended from Cape Town, to Fremantle, Australia. She actually sailed from Freemantle to Airlie Beach in the Whitsunday Islands, Australia.

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