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Clipper Round the World Race News and Updates
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…
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in April 2019 recreating his arrival in Falmouth 50 years to the date he completed the Golden Globe Race
In the latest editions of her new podcast series, double Olympic gold medalist Shirley Robertson sits down for a two-part chat with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, founder of the Clipper Race and the first man ever to sail solo non-stop around…
The maritime scene in Derry during the last Clipper Race visit
The postponement of the Clipper Race 2019 – 20 will have a huge effect on the City of Derry where the fleet was due to have its penultimate stop-over at the end of July. Derry City and Strabane District Council…
The Clipper Round the World Race has been postponed
With the ongoing global outbreak of Covid-19 and the enormous impact it has created on world travel, the Clipper 2019-20 Race has been postponed with immediate effect writes Karla Graves of the race organisers. This decision has been in no way…
Clipper Race contender Visit Sanya China has Dublin Bay's David FitzPatrick on her crew for current leg from Perth south of Australia and Tasmania to Queensland
Round the World Clipper Race contender Visit Sanya China will be in catch-up mode when she starts the Australian coastal stage (leg 4) on Christmas Day from Fremantle on the west coast to the Whitsundays on the northeast Great Barrier…
The Clipper race on a previous visit to Derry
Now that the city of Derry’s legendary Halloween celebrations are over, all eyes are on July 2020 which will be a key date in the Derry/Londonderry calendar when, on Saturday 25th, the eleven 70-ft yachts in the Clipper Round the…
Lightning strikes as the Clipper fleet closes in on Uruguay
After a hard-fought and challenging 5,200 nautical miles across the Atlantic, the Clipper Race fleet faced one more hurdle in the last 48 hours as they started to get closer to Punta del Este, Uruguay. The notorious Pampero wind is…

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.

 

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