Clipper Race Starts This Weekend with Royal Navy Sendoff

With less than one week to go until the canon fires to signal the start of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, the first global event to set off from the Solent since 2004, organizers are thrilled to welcome the Royal Navy’s helicopter carrier, HMS Illustrious, which will attend the weekend’s festivities in Southampton, culminating in the race start on Sunday July 31st.

At 40,000 miles, Clipper 11-12 is the world’s longest yacht race. Almost 500 people from all walks of life and representing more than 40 nations will take part, putting their everyday lives on hold to take on the challenge of a lifetime. More than 40 percent of them had no sailing experience before beginning their rigorous pre-race training.

Founder and Chairman of the Clipper Race, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo and non-stop around the world, said, “The Clipper Race has always had a very strong relationship with the Royal Navy and I am very pleased to welcome HMS Illustrious for the start of Clipper 11-12. She is part of the large maritime community of the south coast and I am very keen that as many members of that community as possible are able to enjoy this event which promises to be a quite spectacular sight.”

For the complete story, go to www.clipperroundtheworld.com.

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