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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to start and finish in London

by Adriana Wright on 1 Jun 2013
The Clipper 70s will debut during the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race Clipper Round The World Yacht Race http://www.clipperroundtheworld.com
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, setting sail on September 1, 2013, will start and finish in London. The fleet is expected to return in July 2014 after racing 40,000 miles and visiting 14 ports on six continents in the world’s longest ocean race.

The announcement was made at St Katharine Docks in front of Tower Bridge by Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Clipper Race founder and chairman, the legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. Sir Robin became the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-69 and established the Clipper Race in 1996 to offer amateurs from all walks of life the opportunity to experience the thrill of ocean racing and a circumnavigation of the planet.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: 'Playing host to the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will once again see London showcasing why it is the best big city on earth in which to hold major sporting events. It’s a fantastic honour for the capital to mark the beginning and end of this feat of human endeavour, which will not only provide an awesome spectacle for hordes of sailing fans, but also give a huge boost to the wider London economy.

'Those who take part are an inspiration to us all and exhibit the very best of the human spirit. As they battle through everything the elements can throw at them, I wish everyone on board these stunning vessels the very best of luck.'

The event will see the debut of the third generation Clipper 70 ocean racing yacht. The twelve-strong matched fleet will be hosted in a race village at St Katharine Docks, central London’s only marina and the official Clipper Race start and finish port. The boats will begin and end their global journey in the Thames in front of Tower Bridge.

Clipper Race founder and chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: 'This will be the ninth edition of the biennial Clipper Race, a unique global event, and what better place to host the start and finish than London, in front of one of the best known landmarks in the world. This will be the first time the capital has hosted a global yacht race start and finish.

'We have a huge following and I’m proud that this will showcase London to our fans and partners around the world as well as making a significant economic impact in the local economy as crew, officials, sponsors and guests visit and stay in the area to participate in the event.

'Out of the 650 international crew participating in the race more than 80 live in the Greater London area, so it will be especially exciting for them. Our crew come from all walks of life, are aged from 18 into their early seventies, and over a third are women.'

Over 3000 people have participated in the Clipper Race over the last 17 years in what has become the world’s premier ocean race for non-professional and novice sailors. The new enlarged fleet has been commissioned in response to the growing demand for crew places and will serve the event through to 2020. The Clipper 70s will make a big impact in St Katharine Docks and on the Thames.

Ben Walford, Project Director, St Katharine Docks said: 'We are extremely proud to continue our historic relationship with the Clipper Race and to host this prestigious event. Over the past twelve months, St Katharine Docks has been privileged to be involved in some of London’s most iconic public events, from the Olympics to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The Dock’s unique and stunning backdrop provides the perfect setting for the start and finish of the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race.'

The Clipper Race fleet is expected to start arriving at St Katharine Docks from 24th Clipper Round the World website

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