Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2017

The Clipper Round-the-World Yacht Race, which sees 12 teams spend a year travelling the globe, will start and finish in Liverpool and today a fleet of 12 70-foot ocean racing yachts arrived in the city for a parade along the Mersey.  They then entered the Canning Half Tide Dock and Albert Dock where visitors can see them over the coming week.

The Clipper Race is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other. With no previous sailing experience necessary, it’s a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht.

The brainchild of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world, the event is now on its eleventh edition. Divided into eight legs and 14 to 16 individual races, you can choose to complete the full circumnavigation or select individual legs. It is the only race in the world where the organisers supply a fleet of twelve identical racing yachts, each with a fully qualified skipper to safely guide the crew.

Normally the domain of seasoned pros, this supreme challenge is taken on by ordinary, everyday people. Having completed a rigorous training course, participants are suited and booted in the latest extreme protection gear to commence the race of their lives - an unparalleled challenge where taxi drivers rub shoulders with chief executives, vicars mix with housewives, students work alongside bankers, and engineers team up with rugby players.

The sea does not distinguish between Olympians or novices. There is nowhere to hide - if Mother Nature throws down the gauntlet, you must be ready to face the same challenges as the pro racer. Navigate the Doldrums en route to South America, endure epic Southern Ocean storms, experience South African sunsets, face the mountainous seas of the North Pacific - and bond with an international crew creating lifelong memories before returning victorious.

Below are a selection of photographs taken as the fleet arrived in Liverpool on 14th August 2017.

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Pictured below are all twelve yachts competing and the crews...

The Clipper Fleet moored in the Albert Dock

The fleet of ocean racing yachts set sail from Liverpol on Sunday 20th August 2017 ahead of their 40,000 nautical mile round-the-world adventure. The 12 Clipper Round the World 70ft yachts, will be raced around the world by 712 amateur sailors - led by 12 professional skippers - in what is the 11th edition of the biennial race.

Thousands of people lined both sides of the River Mersey today to wave off the Clipper Fleet on the first leg of the Round the World Yacht Race. After a week in port at the Albert Dock the ships finally set sail on a grueling journey around the world which will see the fleet return to Liverpool in just under a years time.


All photographs © Bob Edwards