Ahead – 40,000 miles!
Yesterday in London, the next, already 12th, round-the-world race of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – or simply Clipper Race, was launched.
Recall that the initiator, ideologist and main driving force of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the famous Robin Knox-Johnston, the first to sail around the world alone and nonstop half a century ago.
In 1995, Knox-Johnston founded the Clipper Ventures company, which conducts – every two years – round-the-world races, which have since become extremely popular. The peculiarity of this regatta is that all its participants, with the exception of skippers, are not professional yachtsmen, and sometimes they don’t have previous sailing experience at all.
The current race is attended by 11 identical Clipper 70 class yachts, designed by the famous naval architect Tony Castro. The crew of each ship is 21-22 people. Since it is not necessary to be on board during the entire route of approximately 40,000 nautical miles and only one or several segments of the distance can be traveled, the total number of Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race participants is more than seven hundred.
The distance is divided into 15 stages. The very first – “warm-up” – from London to the Portuguese Portimao. Yachts will cover this distance in 6-8 days.
We list the participating teams (their sponsors are large companies and city councils, as well as international and public organizations), and skippers (most of them are English, which is not surprising, because the language of communication in Clipper Race is English):
Dare to Lead – Guy Waits (UK).
GoТoBermuda – David Immelman (South Africa)
Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam – Josh Stickland (UK)
Imagine Your Korea – Mike Sarridge (UK)
Punta del Este – Jeronimo Santos Gonzalez (Spain)
Qindao – Chris Brooks (UK)
Seattle – Ben Keych (United Kingdom)
UNICEF – Ian Wiggin (UK)
Visit Sanya, China – Seymas Kellock (United Kingdom)
WTC Logistics – Mark Burks (UK)
Zhuhai – Nick Leggatt (South Africa)
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