The Thames is to host the start and finish of the next Clipper Round the World Yacht Race leaving Tower Bridge on September 1st and returning in July 2014.

By then crews will have raced 40,000 miles visiting 14 ports on six continents in the world’s longest ocean race. St Katharine Docks is to be the host port.

The announcement was made at St Katharine’s by the  Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Clipper Race founder and chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston - the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world.

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."

Sir Robin Know-Johnston, Mayor Boris and St Kat's Ben Walford at announcement

The twelve-strong fleet will begin and end its global journey in the Thames in front of Tower Bridge.

Clipper Race founder and chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “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.

Ben Walford, Project Director, St Katharine Docks said: “We are extremely proud to  host this prestigious event.”

The Clipper Race fleet is expected to start arriving at St Katharine Docks from  August 24th.

Link to Clipper race website


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