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Clipper Round the World Race News and Updates
The fleet of eleven Clipper Race yachts at the stopover in Airlie Beach, Australia as part of its 40,000nm circumnavigation
The next leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has been postponed as a tropical cyclone approaches the Queensland coast. The fleet of eleven racing yachts has been enjoying a stopover in Airlie Beach as part of its…
Connemara sailor Paddy Moran enjoying sunshine and smiles en route to Cape Town in the ClipperRound the World  Race
Spare a thought for the Clipper Race participants who spent Christmas Day at sea and hope to make it to Newcastle, Australia for New Year’s Day. “Rewarding, but really, really tough” is how Connemara sailor Paddy Moran (34), on board…
Phil Quinn is a former Sailing Captain of Strangford Lough Yacht Club in County Down and has over 40 years of sailing experience
Philip Quinn has been chosen as the new Skipper of Qingdao in the Clipper Round the World Race. He will join from Airlie Beach in Queensland, Australia, at the start of a long stint of about 26000 miles to the…
Extreme conditions the crew face whilst on the Clipper 2023-24 Race
Five Scottish nationals have successfully completed the first major ocean crossing of the Clipper 2023-24 Race. The group of Race Crew members were part of over 200 participants from across the globe who had gathered in Punta Del Este, Uruguay,…
The start of race two of the 2023/4Clipper Round the World Race from Puerto Sherry in Spain across the Atlantic Ocean to Punta del Este in Uruguay
The Clipper Race fleet has begun the second race of its circumnavigation that began in Portsmouth earlier this month and bid farewell to its first stopover destination, Puerto Sherry, Spain and headed towards Punta del Este, the third consecutive Uruguayan…
Perseverance arrives in Spain in first place in leg one of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
Perseverance has emerged victorious in the first race of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, a gruelling competition that sees teams battle extreme conditions as they race over 40,000 nautical miles around the globe. The race started on 3…
Clipper Ventures chief executive William Ward OBE (left) and chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
After 26 years at the helm of Clipper Ventures, which organises the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and chief executive William Ward OBE have announced they are stepping back from the day-to-day running of the…
Gerard Doherty was welcomed home by Mayor Sandra Duffy and hundreds on the quayside
Gerard Doherty has said in a Foyle Maritime Festival social media video that he was the oldest crew member on the Clipper Ha Long Bay (Vietnam). He is 68 years old, and not only is he the 'senior' of the…
The ultimate moving target - the current Clipper Fleet have got ahead of themselves (and everybody else) by crossing the Atlantic to Ireland quicker than expected
While the Robin Knox-Johnston-led Clipper Fleet Round the World Race organisation is a remarkably effective body, even its most experienced executives can only give a ball-park figure as to when the leading boats are going to complete a transoceanic leg.…
Not so much a race winner, more of a trade mission - the out-of-sight-ahead Clipper Race leader Bermuda arrives in Derry
Bermuda is officially famous in world sailing as the finish point for the biennial CCA Newport-Bermuda classic ocean race. But among crews in that great event, Bermuda is unofficially famous and revered as being the home of the Dark &…
Derry Maritime Festival -  This will be the fifth consecutive time that the City of Derry has acted as a host port to the Clipper Race and the crews will once again enjoy a welcome to the Foyle
You can always be sure Derry will put on a good show, whether it be a Jazz Festival, Halloween or a Light Show. And this year will be no exception when the City hosts the Clipper Race stopover in July…
The Clipper 2019-20 Race fleet
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is set to resume its 2019-20 edition after an almost two-year delay caused by the pandemic and call to Ireland at the end of June. The sailing event, which trains people from all…
SKIRR’s debut Arctic voyage, a 4,802 nautical mile long High Latitude Expedition split into five legs, will set off from Gosport, UK, on Friday 1 July 2022 bound for Iceland and Greenland via Scotland and the Faroe Islands.
Clipper Ventures will be offering expedition sailing to Greenland from summer 2022 as it unveils its new subsidiary, SKIRR Adventures. The company has also announced exhilarating big-boat racing, including the new Knox-Johnston Cup and an experiential sailing programme as it…
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has announced it will be resuming its 2019-20 edition in March next year after receiving a special event permit from the Philippines. After sailing halfway around the world, the sailing event was suspended…
Crew on board Our Isles and Oceans
On Friday last (30th July), a new scheme for young people affected by the pandemic began in Oban on the Argyll and Bute coast in Scotland. The first participants include a cabaret singer, intensive care doctor and a student. Named…
The maritime scene in Derry during the last Clipper Race visit in 2018
The Loughs Agency says it welcomes the news that Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Business and Culture Committee have endorsed the proposal to host the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 2022. Northern Ireland was previously scheduled to…

About the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is undoubtedly one of the greatest ocean adventures on the planet, also regarded as one of its toughest endurance challenges. Taking almost a year to complete, it consists of eleven teams competing against each other on the world’s largest matched fleet of 70-foot ocean racing yachts.

The Clipper Race was established in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo, non-stop, around the world in 1968-69. His aim was to allow anyone, regardless of previous sailing experience, the chance to embrace the thrill of ocean racing; it is the only event of its kind for amateur sailors. Around 40 per cent of crew are novices and have never sailed before starting a comprehensive training programme ahead of their adventure.

This unique challenge brings together everyone from chief executives to train drivers, nurses and firefighters, farmers, airline pilots and students, from age 18 upwards, to take on Mother Nature’s toughest and most remote conditions. There is no upper age limit, the oldest competitor to date is 76.

Now in its twelfth edition, the Clipper 2019-20 Race started from London, UK, on 02 September 2019.