London to host the Clipper Race 13-14 start and finish
London is to host the start and finish of the 2013-14 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, leaving the capital on 1 September 2013 and not returning until July 2014 after racing 40,000 miles visiting 14 ports on six continents in the world’s longest ocean race.
The announcement was made at St Katharine Docks in front of Tower Bridge by Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Clipper Race founder and chairman, the legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:
"Playing host to the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will once again see London showcasing why it is the best big city on earth in which to hold major sporting events. It’s a fantastic honour for the capital to mark the beginning and end of this feat of human endeavour, which will not only provide an awesome spectacle for hordes of sailing fans, but also give a huge boost to the wider London economy."
"Those who take part are an inspiration to us all and exhibit the very best of the human spirit. As they battle through everything the elements can throw at them, I wish everyone on board these stunning vessels the very best of luck."
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The brave crews of the twelve 70 foot racing yachts leave London to embark on their marathon 10 month and 40,000 mile race in September 2013, to return in July 2014 in pursuit of the prestigious Clipper Race trophy.
Expertise will be tested to the max as crews encounter storm force winds, challenging seas, the relief of the trade winds, the tropical heat and ice cold conditions. They will have to overcome unpredictable and frustrating seas as they compete in a combination of long ocean races lasting several weeks, to short sprints which test technical ability.
The racing route takes crews from England to mainland Europe, across the Atlantic Ocean to South America and then on to South Africa, Western Australia, New Zealand and back to the East coast of Australia. The race then heads North and West to Singapore & China before teams cross the Pacific Ocean to California. Continuing south, through the Panama Canal, then up to New York before the final leg across the Atlantic Ocean, returning to Europe. Rotary Aquaspeed, the official timekeeper of the race will be there every second of the way.
Along the way the crew's determination and bravery will be rewarded by the breathtaking scenery, rich culture and amazing wildlife. Follow the experiences, the highs and lows of the Rotary ambassadors on their blog.
Visit the official Clipper Race website for results