by Anna Wardley
The very first of a new 12-strong fleet of Clipper 70s has now been released from its mould as the construction of an expanded fleet for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race makes progress on schedule ahead of its completion in the coming year. This is the first of an order for twelve identical new Castro-designed yachts, with an option on four more.
Clipper 70 build deck LR
Clipper 70 build hull
Clipper Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, said, 'The new fleet build is progressing on target in Qingdao, China. The new yachts will enter service for the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race and continue operating until 2020.'
Clipper 70_ fwd view MR
For further information about the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race visit www.clipperroundtheworld.com.