THRILL-SEEKER Leonie Sutherland, above, is battling the Atlantic Ocean.
She is helping to crew one of the huge yachts taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
It’s a 40,000-mile challenge in all and Leonie, 23, of Hartshead, will be clocking up 9,000 miles of that.
She is one of the crew on board the Welcome To Yorkshire yacht which is now on the first leg from Southampton to Rio de Janeiro, a total of 5,630 miles.
The second leg takes the crew back across to South Africa, in a 3,390-mile leg.
Leonie has already been backed to raise at least £8,500 for charity, which in her case is the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Leonie said: “We are pitting ourselves against all the elements have to throw at us.
“It will be a mixture of long, tactical ocean races lasting many weeks, where endurance is tested to the limit and short, technical sprints.
“The weather will range from virtually flat calms to raging seas and storm force winds, enough to test the mettle of even the bravest of us”.
She added: “I always wanted to travel but I didn’t want to do the backpacking thing.
“I wanted to let loose, get out of the country and do something that I could look back on in 50 years time and think, did I really do that?”
Leonie, who works as a paralegal at a Leeds law firm, started sailing on holiday in Menorca with her family about three years ago.
When she returned she took a yachting course and has been on several courses since then.
She chose to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust in honour of her friend, Peter Hodge, 23, who lost a leg after developing cancer.
She said: “His strength of character inspired me and his battle encouraged me to follow my dream and make fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust the focus of my attempt.”
The Welcome to Yorkshire yacht is also helping to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
In all there will be 45 people who get the chance to crew the yacht, under skipper Rupert Dean.
They include businesswoman Lucia Ainsworth, 45, who is originally from Brighouse.