Twelve yachts are to leave the Thames later this month for an 11-month race around the world.

St Katharine Docks is the base for the ocean-going fleet and the site of a race village in the days leading up to the start.

The 4,000-nautical mile voyage will be the tenth in the event's history and consists of eight legs and 16 individual races. The yachts are identical and each has a professional skipper but crews do not need previous sailing experience and can choose to take part in individual legs or the entire event.

The fleet will arrive at St Kat's on the afternoon of Friday August 21st with the full fleet expected to be berthed that evening. The Race Village will open daily from 11.00 to 18.00 from Saturday 22nd until Sunday 30th August, when the boats depart.

The Race Village will feature a wide range of attractions and there will be a number of free open boats each day until Saturday 29 August.

On departure day, Sunday 30 August, the entertainment gets underway at 1100 with all crews taking the Centre Basin pontoon stage between 1300 and 1400.

The fleet will slip from 1415 and parade in the Thames together with a flotilla of spectator boats. At 1530 Tower Bridge will open to let all twelve yachts enter the Upper Pool.

The final parade of the Clipper 70 yachts down the Thames will start at 1600 when Tower Bridge opens again and the fleet makes its way out of London on its circumnavigation.

Link to Clipper Round the World website


Story dated August 14th 2015




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