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The Clipper 2017-18 Race, Part 2 Photographs by Patrick Trollope
BA (Hons) LBPPA
ON Monday, 14 August 2017, the Clipper 2017-18 Race fleet,
including the Liverpool 2018 team, arrived in the Albert Dock and a weeklong
festival started, ending with the Race starting on 20 August 2017. As all 12
yachts berthed in the Albert Dock, final preparations got underway for the
40,000 nautical mile circumnavigation race and teams also showing public and
sponsors alike, the vessels. On Thursday, 18 August 2017, Miss Liverpool visited
the Clippers, and spoke with us. We also conducted an interview with a German
Crew member of Liverpool 2018. But the highlight of the week was watching the
crews embark on the voyage of a lifetime, as they sailed out of the River Mersey
in the 70 foot (21.336 meter) yachts. Ahead of the 12 teams lay the first of the
8 legs to sail across the Atlantic Ocean, to South America. With 40% of crew
have had no previous sailing experience before signing up taking up the training
for this race and all crew member amateur sailors, under the guidance of a
qualified skipper, no wonder why this is regarded as a true endurance test? No
other race is like it!
Liverpool has previously played host to this event for the 2002-03, 2005-06
and 2007-08 races and, when asked, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
told us:- "I could not stop sailing when I had signed the contract to
return the Clipper to Liverpool. I love the City and its people who provide
stunning send offs and arrivals, like no other... Also, Liverpool's rich history
and globally recognised branding helps create even more interest
internationally. But most of all the Albert Dock proves an amazing opportunity
for the public to get close to the fleet and the river provides a backdrop like
no other City in the UK."
If you missed them sail out, don't fret as we have on the water footage of the
race start, on YouTube, plus you can see the interview with the German Crew
Member and Miss Liverpool on the account.
Please let us know what you thought of this race start and also are you involved
with the race? Email us to:-
News24@SouthportReporter.com with your views,
memories and thoughts.
If you want to take part in the next 'Round The World Race' or if
you want to follow the teams as they race over the next 11 months, go to:-
We will be also bringing you lots more news coverage on here as the race
Please also put in your diaries, 28 July 2018, as on that day, the fleet will be
returning to Liverpool and the winning team will be announced... This will be an
amazing nautical spectacular, not to be missed! Do encourage your friends and
relations to swell the crowd greeting them on their return and give them a
Liverpool reception once again!
Liverpool Yacht Club (LYC)
and Clipper Ventures Plc. Paramount Stewarding and Security Ltd. and Liverpool
City Council for their help over the week.
To see Part 1 via clicking on
here... We will
have more photos in next weeks issue as well!
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