2013-14 Clipper Race to start and finish in London

 London has been confirmed as the host city for the start and finish of the 2013-14 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The world’s longest ocean race will leave England’s capital on 1st September 2013. Participants will then visit 14 ports on six continents before returning to London in July 2014 at the conclusion of the 40,000 mile journey.

The twelve-strong fleet, which is expected to start arriving in London from 24th August, will be hosted in a race village at St Katharine Docks, the official Clipper Race start and finish port and central London’s only marina.

 

London Mayor 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.”

Clipper Race founder and chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston added: “This will be the ninth edition of the biennial Clipper Race, a unique global event, and what better place to host the start and finish than London, in front of one of the best known landmarks in the world. This will be the first time the capital has hosted a global yacht race start and finish.”

“We have a huge following and I’m proud that this will showcase London to our fans and partners around the world as well as making a significant economic impact in the local economy as crew, officials, sponsors and guests visit and stay in the area to participate in the event.”

 

Image shows London Mayor Boris Johnson (left) and Clipper Race founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (right) at the host announcement in London on Friday 31st May

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