Ten years since Liverpool last held the race, 12 yachts arrive in Liverpool.
The biggest round-the-world ocean race will return once again start in Liverpool. The vessels will return to Liverpool in 12 months time, once the race finishes in Derry, Ireland.
The race attracts thousand of people to see the beautiful vessels lined up in the iconic Albert Dock and the public can even go on board some of the vessels ahead of Sundays (20th August) race start.
The world-famous race will see twelve 70-foot modern racing yachts be sailed by 700 amateur crew members from more than 40 countries – making it the biggest ocean race to circumnavigate the planet.
This year’s edition of the 40,000-nautical mile event will mark the fourth time that Liverpool has hosted the event, having previously played host for the 2002-03, 2005-06 and 2007-08 races.
Legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-9 and founder of the Clipper Race, said: “We are thrilled to announce that the Clipper Race is returning to the historic city of Liverpool.
“A significant site for UK maritime history, I fondly remember the warm reception we received when Liverpool last hosted the Clipper Race and am looking forward to returning to Albert Dock again this August.”
He added: “The Clipper Race has grown enormously in number of participants, yacht entries, economic influence and media value since it was last hosted by Liverpool a decade ago and we are looking forward to putting on an even bigger show in the city this time, which will not just have significant local economic impact, but will also put a maritime spotlight on the city all around the world.”
The eleventh edition of the Clipper Race, the only event of its kind for non-professional sailors, will visit six continents and include six ocean crossings.
The Clipper 2017-18 Race will return to Liverpool’s Albert Dock in Summer 2018 following its global route which will include stopovers in South America (port TBC), Cape Town, Western Australia (port TBC), Sydney, Hobart, East Coast Australia (port TBC) Sanya and Qingdao – China, Seattle – USA, Panama, New York, and Derry Londonderry – Northern Ireland.
For pics of the vessels arriving see link below:-