FINANCE director Mike Miller from Windsor and his Sanya Serenity Coast team has won the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race, an epic eleven month 40,000 nautical mile endurance race around planet earth.

The Clipper Race is considered to be one of the most challenging endurance events on the planet and is the only sailing event which trains everyday people to circumnavigate the globe in its 70-foot purpose-built ocean racing yachts.

Mr Miller, 49, who lives in Clewer New Town with his wife Nicky and family set off from Liverpool last August and spent 335 days at sea.

The amazing race took in Punta del Este in Uruguay, Cape Town in South Africa, Fremantle in Sydney, Hobart and the Whitsundays in Australia, Sanya and Qingdao in China, Seattle and New York, Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland before returning to Liverpool last Saturday on board the Sanya Serenity Coast team yacht.

Arriving at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool after winning the overall race Mr Miller, who has sailed recreationally his whole life said: “Oh it is just amazing. Words can’t express it. It is just incredible. With all these people here to welcome us home, it is just starting to set in.

“What we have achieved here is just incredible.”

His history making team was led by Australian sailor Wendy Tuck, 53-year-old skipper of Sanya Serenity Coast who became the first woman to ever win a round the world yacht race.

Speaking about the victory Mr Miller said: “The win means so much more than I thought it would. It is amazing to have raced around the globe and great that we managed to do it just slightly faster than the ten other teams.”

Since leaving Liverpool last year he has faced mother nature in the raw; experiencing hurricane force winds and phenomenal sea states in the North Pacific, raced across some of the most remote and hostile corners of the planet.

Mr Miller is one of 73 crew members who have been taking part in the full circumnavigation and is joining a unique group of people; more people have climbed Mount Everest than have sailed around the world.

After crossing six oceans and visiting thirteen stopover ports on six continents, Mr Miller took part in one final sprint up the River Mersey to Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock on Saturday, though the team had already gained enough points to win overall after crossing the Race 13 finish line the day before.