Yesterday in London was the start of the next, already 12th in a row, round the world race Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Clipper Race or just.
Recall, the initiator, the ideologue and the driving force behind the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the famous Robin Knox-Johnston, the first past around the world under sail solo and without stopping half a century ago.
In 1995, Knox-Johnston founded the Clipper Ventures company, which holds every two years round the world race, the since become extremely popular. The uniqueness of this regatta is that all the participants, with the exception of the skippers are professional sailors, and sometimes do not have previous sailing experience.
In the race involved 11 identical yachts Clipper 70, a designer of which is the famous naval architect Tony Castro. The crew of each vessel 21-22 man. Because to be onboard during the whole route length of approximately 40 000 nautical miles not required and you can only walk one or more segments of the race, the total number of participants 2019-20 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – more than seven hundred.
The distance is divided into 15 stages. The first of the “warm up” – from London to the Portuguese Portimao. Yachts pass this distance in 6 – 8 days.
List of participating teams (and their sponsors are large companies and city councils, as well as international organizations and NGOs), and skippers (most of them British, which is not surprising, because the language spoken in the Clipper Race – English):
Dare to Lead – guy Wates (UK).
GoТoBermuda – David Immelman (South Africa)
Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam – Josh Stickland (UK)
Imagine Your Korea – Mike Carrig (UK)
Punta del Este – Jeronimo Santos gonzález (Spain)
Qindao – Chris Brooks (UK)
Seattle – Ben Keitch (UK)
UNICEF – Ian Wiggin (UK)
Visit Sanya, China – The Seimas Of Calloc (UK)
WTC Logistics – mark Berks (UK)
Zhuhai – Nick Leggatt (South Africa)