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The Derry-Londonderry yacht, skipper and crew will be visiting the city from 20-22 May 2011 ahead of the start of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

At 40,000-miles Clipper 11-12 is the world's longest yacht race and will get underway from the south coast of England on 31 July. Derry-Londonderry will host a stopover for all ten of the 68-foot yachts in July 2012.

The crews are drawn from all walks of life – 'people like you' – and in Clipper 11-12 will represent more than 40 nationalities. Almost half of them have never sailed before embarking on their pre-race training to prepare them for the gruelling challenge ahead.

Skipper, Mark Light, and his crew will be officially welcomed to the city during the Foyle Days Festival by the Mayor, Cllr Colum Eastwood.

There are a number of media opportunities during the yacht visit including interviews with skipper and crew and guided tours on board.

Thursday 19 May
Derry-Londonderry is due to arrive in the River Foyle in the afternoon/evening.

Friday 20 May

11.00 Cllr Colum Eastwood meets with crew and skipper on board Derry-Londonderry.

12.00 Official Welcome, first floor, Timber Quay, The Riverfront.

Speakers: Mayor, Cllr Colum Eastwood, Clipper Race Director Jonathan Bailey.

Followed by Derry-Londonderry yacht for photo and filming opportunities including breaking champagne over the bow of the boat, on board tours, interviews with skipper, crew and race director.

Sunday 22 May
12.30 Blessing of Derry-Londonderry yacht, service to be conducted the Church Leaders from the city. Foyle Pontoon, Queen's Quay.

14.00 Derry-Londonderry leaves dock to lead Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners Open Cruiser Race from Derry-Moville and head back to sea.

Published in Clipper Race
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Next weekend's Foyle Days (21 and 22) is set to welcome the return of the Johanna Lucretia, a two masted wooden schooner built in 1945, along with other vessels which are to visit the north-west city, writes Jehan Ashmore.
The annual maritime festival will bring the sailing boats upriver on the River Foyle and berth at the Queen's Quay. The public are invited to come on board free of charge and explore the vessels. The largest being the 96ft Johanna Lucretia, which was built originally as a fishing boat but never used for that purpose.

Over the years she has changed hands between Dutch and UK interests for recreational use. Several years ago she starred in the RTE TV reality show 'Cabin Fever' where she replaced the show's first ship Camaret of Cornwall (branded as 'Cabin Fever') after it ran aground off Tory Island.

During the two-day festival (11am-5pm) the boating community at the event will include the Coleraine Yacht Club, Foyle Paddlers, Foyle Punts, Lough Foyle Yacht Club, Lough Swilly Yacht Club, Moville Boat Club, RNLI and the Foyle (SAR) Search and Rescue.

Visitors to Foyle Days can call to the Clipper stand and learn more about the city's entry of the Derry~Londonderry boat in the 2011-2012 Clipper Round the World Race. Learn more about the countries the crew will visit and also how to get involved in the event. For more information about the race, at 40,000 miles is the world's longest race go to

Running alongside the festival a continental market with 40 stalls will be open to all at the recently revamped Guildhall Square. For further details about Foyle Days click here.

Published in Maritime Festivals

Madeira has secured a visit by the ten-strong fleet competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race which, at 40,000 miles, is the world's longest race.

Ireland is entered in the race courtesy of an entry from the City of Derry.  'Derry-Londonderry' as the entry is called and her skipper and crew will be visiting the city as part of the Foyle Days festival this month from 20-22 May 2011.

Quinta do Lorde Marina on the Portuguese archipelago will be the first port of call after the stripped out, ocean racing yachts depart the south coast of England on 31 July. The fleet is expected to arrive in Madeira between 8 and 10 August this year.

Mr Ricardo Sousa, CEO of Quinta do Lorde Marina, says, "The choice of Quinta do Lorde Marina for this stopover is the recognition of our capacity to host great racing events and the quality support service we provide to them. We look forward to receiving the Clipper fleet and crew and will ensure their visit to Madeira Island is memorable."

Madeira's Tourism Secretary, Mrs Conceição Estudante, says, "It is with great honour and pleasure that Madeira was chosen to be the first stopover of the international Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race.

"The International projection obtained trough this event is essential to promote our credentials to the yachting world. In fact, the visit of this great event is an opportunity to promote and to push nautical tourism and its potential on the island.

"At the moment Madeira offers excellent conditions to such great events like the Clipper Race, with three modern marinas on Madeira's south coast, professional support services and the beautiful Island of Porto Santo, whose quality has been recognized internationally."

The 68-foot Clipper yachts, each of which is sponsored by a city, region, country or company around the world, will be berthed at Quinta do Lorde Marina, located on the southeast point of Madeira Island. Quinta do Lorde Marina is located in Ponta de São Lourenço, a mesmerising peninsula known for its stunning sea views and natural beauty. Inspired by the island's traditional architecture, the unique resort, which is scheduled to be completed in spring 2012, will resemble a picturesque coastal village and includes a wide range of modern facilities to ensure utmost comfort and relaxation for visitors to the stopover.

As the only event of its kind that is crewed by people from all walks of life – more than 500 crew will be taking part in Clipper 11-12 of whom nearly 40 percent have never sailed before signing up. A 32-day comprehensive training programme ensures they are equipped with all the skills required to compete in this challenging event but their first week, putting them into practice for real, will test them to the full. The beautiful islands of Madeira which are renowned for their stunning scenery as well as providing a warm welcome and a peaceful setting will therefore be a welcome sight to the tired crews in which they can recoup before their first ocean crossing of the race.

The international fleet will visit 14 ports on six continents during the 12-month race including Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, west and east coast of Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Qingdao, California, New York, Nova Scotia, Derry-Londonderry and the Netherlands before returning to the UK.

The race was established 15 years ago by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo and non-stop around the world, in order to give ordinary people the chance to do something truly extraordinary. More people have climbed Everest than have raced around the world under sail.

Sir Robin says, "The Clipper fleet first visited Madeira during the inaugural Clipper Round the World Yacht Race back in 1996. At that time they offered the crews a stopover to remember and I'm sure this time round it will be no exception. Our event offers host ports the chance to showcase their facilities to an international audience of more than half a billion people. In addition to this, the spend generated by the crews and their visiting friends and families delivers a significant economic impact for the region."

Published in Clipper Race
The sailing crew representing the inaugural Northern Ireland entry in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, Derry-Londonderry, have been announced at an event in the historic maritime city of Southampton.

More than 360 adventurers travelled from all over the globe to attend the crew allocation event on Saturday 30 April to discover which of the ten teams competing in Clipper 11-12 they will represent. Three-quarters of the 489 men and women who will be taking part in this gruelling challenge of a lifetime came together to meet their skippers and new team mates, travelling from as far afield as Singapore, Queensland in Australia, Finland, New York and Chile, as well as Derry-Londonderry. Among them were those who will represent the UK City of Culture 2013.

Each of the teams is led by a professional skipper and taking charge of Derry-Londonderry is Mark Light, who took his turn at the podium to read out the names of his 52-strong crew. The race is split into eight legs and crew can sign up to compete in one or more of the individual legs or take on the big one – a full circumnavigation of the globe. Around 40 per cent of the crew who take part in the race have never sailed before embarking on their pre-race training.

Amongst Derry-Londonderry's crew are 12 people from the city, including round the world crew member, John Harkin, and his daughter, Jodie, who will race on the final leg from New York, via her home town to the finish line on the south coast of England.

John says, "I'm really delighted and my daughter's on the same boat as well so it's excellent news. It's going to be a dream come true for me. She's sailed with me all her life – she's sailed against me many times, too, so it'll be nice for her to be sailing with me!

"When I come back into Derry having sailed around the world, that'll be the biggest thing in my lifetime, it's tremendous. The boat is visiting Derry-Londonderry for a naming ceremony in a few weeks' time and I think that will be a big buzz. It's a beautiful city and it'll be a very warm welcome there."

Also in the crew are four from just across the border in Donegal and five others from the Republic of Ireland, as well as people from nine other nationalities, demonstrating the international and multi-cultural nature of the race.

The crew allocation event is much anticipated among those who have signed up to take part. This is where the reality of their participation in the race truly begins to kick in; with a skipper in place, team strategies start to take shape, roles are assigned to the crew and, with 92 days to go until the race start, the countdown is on.

The race is contested by ten identical stripped-down 68-foot racing yachts, each sponsored by a city, region or country. Already confirmed for Clipper 11-12 are the Keppel Corporation-sponsored Singapore and, representing China's Olympic sailing city, Qingdao, both of which will take part for the fourth time. Returning for a second time is Visit Finland, backed by the Finnish Tourist Board, and, making their debut alongside Derry-Londonderry, is De Lage Landen, sponsored by the global provider of asset-based financing programmes of the same name and which will race under the Dutch flag. The names of the five remaining yachts will be revealed in the coming weeks ahead of the start of the race on 31 July 2011.

The Clipper Race was founded by sailing legend, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo and non-stop around the world, and this will be the eighth time his teams of amateur sailors will circumnavigate the planet, taking the number of people who have taken part in the event to almost 3,000.

Addressing the massed crews Sir Robin said, "It's a big day for you today because you're going to find out who you're going to share your life with for the next year. And it's not just sharing your life, it's sharing an adventure. Your lives are going to be dependent on your fellow crew members. Today you'll know what team you're going to be in and these are the people you have to live with and work with for the next year. These are the people you have to trust. It's the team that will be all important in this race.

"Also know that you've only got one life so why not paint it in bright colours? Don't use pastel shades. Make the most of it – get out there, throw yourselves into it! You will come away from this with friends for life."

Derry-Londonderry and her skipper and crew will be visiting the city as part of the Foyle Days festival from 20-22 May 2011.

Published in Clipper Race
Almost 400 people from all over the world are converging on Southampton on Saturday to discover which team they will be sailing with in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race.

They will be taking part in the eighth edition of the race that was founded by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to give people from all walks of life the chance to race around the world under sail. At 40,000 miles it is now the world's longest ocean race.

They will be flying in from as far afield as Singapore, Australia, Finland, the USA, Chile and across the UK for the much anticipated event. This is where the reality of their participation in the race truly begins to kick in... with a skipper in place, team strategies start to take shape, roles are assigned to the crew and, with just three months to go until the race start, the countdown is on.

Published in Clipper Race
Yachtsman Mark Light, his grandaprents are from Mayo, has been named as the skipper of Derry-Londonderry for sailing's Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, one of the ten yachtsmen who will lead teams in the event, and is thrilled to have been chosen to take charge of the Northern Ireland entry.

Mark, 39, is among the line-up of international sailors who have been appointed to the prestigious and challenging position following a rigorous selection process and says, "I am absolutely delighted to have got the job. It didn't sink in initially when I got the phone call but then the emails started coming through and it's now all very real. It's amazing – a great feeling!"

Derry-Londonderry's participation will form the centrepiece of the campaign leading up to the city's celebrations as UK City of Culture 2013.

Mark says, "When I got the job I had in mind that I would like to skipper the Irish entry so it's great to have been appointed to lead the Derry-Londonderry team. I think Northern Ireland's a fantastic place and it's great that our stopover is one of the last of the race so we have it as a great motivator all the way around."

Derry-Londonderry is one of ten internationally-sponsored entries in Clipper 11-12. They include Singapore, Chinese entry, Qingdao, and De Lage Landen which will race under the Dutch flag. The Clipper Race is the only global ocean race open to everyone, regardless of background and sailing ability and is the longest in the world. Almost 500 people from 40 nationalities and more than 250 different professions will step outside their comfort zone to race a stripped down, 68-foot yacht 40,000 miles around the world.

"I believe the whole concept of the Clipper Race is brilliant," says Mark. "Making ocean sailing accessible to anybody and providing the challenge and platform on which to literally change people's lives is very special."

He continues, "Being able to lead a crew around the world in a yacht race, for me, takes everything to the next level. It will be so satisfying to watch a group of people put together randomly at first, progress with lots of hard work and training and evolve into a highly competitive race team and group of very accomplished offshore sailors. I will be very proud to carry out that job."

Originally from Gloucestershire, Mark now lives on the Isle of Wight and hopes to celebrate his 40th birthday racing a yacht to victory somewhere in the Southern Ocean. Introduced to sailing in his late 20s he learned to sail dinghies on a lake. Once bitten by the sailing bug he took the plunge, left his job as a mechanical and production engineer and studied full time for the sailing qualifications that would allow him to turn his passion into a career. Now an experienced senior instructor with many ocean crossings to his name, he is most looking forward to racing across the Pacific Ocean – and arriving in his team's home port, Derry-Londonderry, at the end of the final transatlantic stage.

"I am looking forward to the whole race as every leg will no doubt bring very different challenges but there are definitely sections I am looking forward to specifically. The leg I am most looking forward to is crossing the greatest ocean on the planet – the mighty Pacific – but the stopover I am looking forward to most is of course, Derry-Londonderry. Sailing down the River Foyle into the heart of the City of Culture to a fabulous reception is going to be unbeatable!"

The Clipper Race celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, the first edition having been run in 1996. It was established by legendary yachtsman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who, in 1969, became the first man to sail solo and non-stop around the world. He wanted to make ocean racing available to everyone, regardless of nationality or background, and since that first race almost 3,000 ordinary people have taken the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zone and do something truly extraordinary by taking on nature in the raw and racing around the world under sail. More than 5,000 more have been introduced to sailing through the Clipper Training programme.

Sir Robin comments, "Leading a team in a race around the world is one of the hardest and most challenging jobs that any skipper could ever undertake and we're confident Mark is up to this challenge. He has been through a lengthy and rigorous selection process and we have chosen a group of ten exceptional individuals as our race skippers. They all have the ability to draw the line between competitiveness and safety while, at the same time, motivating the crew to retain their focus during races lasting several weeks at a time, whether it be through roaring gales and towering seas or the frustration of tricky calm spells."

Followers of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race can look forward to some exciting and exhilarating racing when the event gets underway this August. During the 40,000-mile race the fleet will stop at 15 ports around the world before arriving back in the UK in July 2012. For the first time the route includes an extra leg that will take the fleet from the west coast of Australia rounding Cape Leeuwin en route to New Zealand and then on to Australia's east coast.

The search is already underway for suitably qualified men and women to follow in the footsteps of these ten skippers in the next edition of the race which will start in 2013 and will be raced on the brand new fleet of 70-foot yachts that have been specially commissioned. Skippers wishing to register their interest in applying for one of the most prestigious positions in sailing should email [email protected]

Published in Clipper Race

Next year's Irish entry in the Clipper Round the World Race may be named twice according to Lorna Siggins in the Irish Times.  The local yacht could bear the name Derry on one side of its bow and Londonderry on the other, as it circumnavigates the globe – to appease all political interests on the river Foyle. More from the Irish Times HERE.

Published in Clipper Race
An extension of the dealership network in Ireland of Cummins Mercruiser Diesel has been announced with the appointment of GulfStream Marine, based in Derry. The Northern Ireland firm will be the main sales and service dealer for CMD and Cummins Onan Generators.

The appointment is part of CMD's strategy to improve Cummins parts, service and after sales support to the Irish market. GulfStream Marine has a strong engineering focus with a team of mobile engineers and extensive workshop facilities at its premises in Derry. Currently thecompany generates around 50% of its turnover from the provision of engineering services to both the leisure and professional sectors.

Announcing the appointment, a representative of Cummins UK CMD Marine Centre, said: 'A significant amount of new Cummins Mercruiser Diesel product has been delivered into Ireland in recent years and this is set to increase as our market share grows throughout Europe, particularly as we strengthen relationships with OEM boat builders. The recently announced Strategic Alliance between CMD and Volkswagen, also means that from 1st January 2011 the Cummins Mercruiser Diesel dealer network will assume service and warranty responsibility for all engines previously sold under the Volkswagen Marine brand'.



Cummins Technician, Mark Nicholl and GulfStream Marine Managing Director Niall Heaney.

'We are dedicated to ensuring that we have a professional back-up service available in Ireland to support this expanding product range and this is what GulfStream Marine will deliver. We are impressed with their commitment to quality of service and the expertise of their engineering department. We will be working closely together over the coming months and years to ensure that Cummins Mercruiser Diesel customers receive the highest levels of after-sales support'.

Niall Heaney, GulfStream Marine Managing Director, said: "We are delighted to be working with Cummins Mercruiser Diesel. In addition to our Mercruiser petrol inboard and Mercury outboard engine dealerships, this brand rounds out our complete marine engine sales and service offering. With our existing experienced engineering team, our reach for the provision of Cummins Mercruiser Diesel engine sales and support extends throughout the island of Ireland. In today's market customers are seeking convenient service and expert knowledge of the product; this is what we strive to deliver, with all our engineers undertaking continuous training and the ability to carry out service anywhere in the country'.

'We feel that CMD really does stand out from the competition in terms of their dedication to providing the highest levels of dealer support, which in turn means that we can deliver industry leading after-sales care to our customers. Just one example of this is their standard, free of charge, next day delivery service on all stock parts and accessories'. For further information logon to

Published in Marketplace

In recognition that the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has grown in stature with each biennial race and that next year's 11-12 event is set to be the biggest yet, race organiser Clipper Ventures plc has appointed accomplished yachtsman and former engineer and construction manager, Justin Taylor, as the new Assistant Race Director.

Justin is no stranger to the Clipper Race, skippering Hong Kong in the 2002 edition and taking over on Hull & Humber in Clipper 09-10 after the team's skipper Piers Dudin broke his leg in the North Pacific. Justin has also spent a number of years working as a training skipper for Clipper. As Assistant Race Director Justin's responsibilities will be varied, his principal duties being the recruitment and mentoring of the race skippers, management of the race office and ensuring the safety and well being of the Clipper fleet and crews whilst at sea and in race stopovers.

Race Director, Jonathan Bailey, says, "Justin is a very accomplished yachtsman, instructor and ocean racer and has a long and successful history with Clipper Ventures making him an obvious choice for this new position. Justin will add even more experience and knowledge to the race management team in the build up and running of Clipper 11-12 and future races."

Justin is a qualified RYA Yachtmaster Ocean, RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and has more than 120,000 nautical miles under his belt. Circumnavigating the globe in Clipper 2002, Justin has also crossed the Atlantic several times and the North Pacific twice. More recently he was the winning skipper of the yacht Me To You in the inaugural 2006 Round Ireland Race.

Justin says, "I am very happy to be appointed Assistant Race Director and I am looking forward to taking up my new position. Having been a race skipper in 2002 and more recently in 2010 I feel I have much experience to bring to what will undoubtedly be a challenging but rewarding role. I am keen to be a part of the continuing success of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and of course adding to this success."

Published in Clipper Race
Twelve volunteers from Derry have been chosen as crew members for the longest ocean race in the world. The 12 were chosen out of more than 100 people who turned up for presentations about the 2011-12 Clipper round-the-world yacht race. Derry is an official host port for leg eight of the competition. The city will welcome the fleet in July 2012, after the final trans-atlantic stage of the 40,000 mile race.

There will also be an official Derry yacht in the race, which will take in 15 ports on six continents.

Published in Clipper Race
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