Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Arrives home - Albert Dock
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The Clipper Race will arrive home in Liverpool, in 2018



One of the greatest challenges against one of the world’s most formidable foes – Mother Nature – comes to a thrilling climax in Liverpool in summer 2018.


Thousands of well-wishers lined the waterfront last summer to wave off the intrepid crews taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Eleven months and 40,000 gruelling nautical miles later, a dozen 70ft ocean racing yachts are set to return to the Mersey in July in a celebration of teamwork, tenacity, grit and determination.

They are guaranteed as warm a welcome as they had a send-off in this historic maritime city. The race is the brainchild of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who was the first person to sail solo round the world, and this is the fourth time in 11 competitions it has been hosted by Liverpool.

Sir Robin’s aim was to allow anyone, regardless of previous sailing experience, the chance to embrace the thrill of ocean racing. So unlike the legendary sailor, the crew members on board the 12 identical Clippers are not professional yachtsmen and women, but amateurs and novices from all walks of life – taxi drivers, housewives, bartenders, farmers, engineers, students and even vicars.

Did you know that more people have climbed Mount Everest than have raced around the Earth under sail? These hardy adventurers are battling their way from the Roaring Forties to the Doldrums, across the Equator and International Date Line, and through the Atlantic, Pacific and Southern Oceans, to be first to reach the River Mersey and the welcome sight of Liverpool’s wonderful World Heritage waterfront - and a safe berth in the historic Albert Dock. Along with the Tall Ships Regatta in May, the return of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race puts the mighty Mersey firmly centre stage in our year of cultural celebrations.



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