This year’s Clipper Round the World Race started on 1st September 2019. They are now all racing down the English Channel, across Biscay and down to their first stopover in Portimao, Portugal.
The Clipper Race was started in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. His aim was to let anyone, regardless of prior sailing experience have the chance to take part in the adventure of ocean racing.
Each boat has a qualified skipper and an additional qualified person. The crew can range from no previous sailing experience to sailing professionals, all with the same goal, to fulfil a journey that is like no other. They will be sailing an impressive 40,000 miles over 8 legs and will take approx. 11 months.
They are sailing on 70-foot ocean racing yachts. This year there are 11 identical yachts taking part from across the globe. All raising awareness for different causes. For example: Yacht Seattle for ocean health and Yacht Unicef for the support for vulnerable children around the globe.
Follow their journey on Clipper Race viewer: https://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/race/standings
“You will never conquer or master the ocean but you can endure it. Mother Nature is an unforgiving mistress, always with one last trick up her sleeve for you when you least expect it.” Sir Robin Knox-Johnston