On 30th August 2015, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will set off from St Katharine Docks on the River Thames, celebrating the tenth edition of the world’s longest ocean race for amateur sailors.
The start of this epic 40,000 nautical mile adventure around the world will be marked by the full fleet passing through Tower Bridge in a colourful parade down the Thames, accompanied by a flotilla of spectator boats.
Having departed its home port, Gosport, the fleet is currently en route to be ready for the race start in London.
- 700+ crew members – representing 42 different nationalities – will participate in the entire race
- 403 crew members from the UK and 130 specifically from London (double the figure of the 2013-14 edition!)
- The eight-leg race route will visit 6 continents, taking 11 months to complete
- The amateur crew are largely novice – 40% have never sailed before starting their training. Each yacht is under the command of a professional skipper
- Latest generation fleet of 12 Clipper 70-foot ocean racing yachts, specially designed for the extreme endurance test
For Sunday 30th August:
- 11.00am-18.00pm: Free entertainment in the Race Village
- 13.00pm: Official crew departure ceremony opens with teams on stage
- 14.15pm: Fleet departs St Katharine Docks and parades in River Thames
- 15.30pm: Fleet parades through Tower Bridge into the Upper Pool
- 16.00pm: Fleet parades back through Tower Bridge to head down river
For more information on the race route info and any announcements about the race, visit www.clipperroundtheworld.com.