Richard Burchell planted his feet firmly on land yesterday and took no time deciding whether to sail the ocean again. 'At the moment, my answer is no,' said the British chiropodist, 39, one of about 100 first-time sailors who paid up to $262,500 to sail the world in the Clipper '96 yacht race, which has been financed by veteran round-the-world yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. Spinnakers billowing, the eight competing yachts sailed through Victoria Harbour into the shelter of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club where family and friends were waiting. Two sailors were taken to hospital with injuries. One had torn a tendon in his hand and another had a large lump on his elbow after accidents aboard the clipper Serica. There have been no major incidents but it has not been easy for the inaugural race crew, aged 18 to 68. Within hours of setting out from Plymouth in England in October last year, the yacht Chrysolite turned back as gale force winds battered the English Channel to take a crew member to hospital after he began vomiting blood. At least one other sailor has pulled out of the race and two more will switch to another yacht as a result of personality clashes, after weathering conditions that were sometimes stormy, sometimes dead calm. The crew changes will not affect the race, however, as the boats can be sailed easily with the remaining crew. Mr Burchell, one of 14 crew on the clipper Serica, paid GBP8,000 (HK$100,560) to fulfil a 'personal challenge' sailing from Hawaii to Hong Kong - the halfway point for those who chose the full 29,000-kilometre journey following the old round-the-world China tea trade route of 19th Century clippers. 'One time it was so rough that I tried six times to get into my bunk. In the end I was so frustrated I just slept on wet sails on the floor,' he said. 'It looks very glamorous when we arrive wearing the same outfits, but we haven't washed for five days. 'I think given half the chance, some of those going around the world would get off. But you forget the bad things so quickly and tend to want to go through the same punishment again.' Chrysolite skipper Colin deMowbray said the clippers - which will be in Hong Kong until April 16 - visited Shanghai, making it the first foreign fleet to visit China on a yacht race. 'The people were mystified,' he said. 'I think they felt if you had lots of money you should buy a bigger Mercedes rather than live like a refugee on a boat.' Singapore is the next port before the Seychelles, South Africa, Brazil, the Azores and back to the starting point in Plymouth.