1 circumnavigation, 16 races, 11 countries, 12 ocean racing yachts, 670 crew, 40,000 miles. THE RACE OF YOUR LIFE. Twitter: @ClipperRace
The Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race will start at St Katharine Docks, London on Sunday 1 September 2013 and return almost a year later - at 40,000 miles it’s the world’s longest ocean race.
It is the only race in the world where the organisers supply the fleet of 12 identical 70-foot, stripped down racing yachts – each sponsored by a place or a brand – and manned with a fully-qualified skipper, employed to lead the crews safely around the globe.
The event was established by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to give everyone, regardless of sailing experience, the opportunity to discover the exhilaration of ocean racing.
Crew members can sign up for the whole circumnavigation or one or more of eight legs. No sailing experience required.
So Nelly and I went to see them off...next stop Brest, France.