Clipper 2017-18 Round the World yacht
race reveals ₤7.5 million boost to Liverpool economy
THE Clipper Race, one of
the biggest round the world yacht races and 1 of the toughest endurance
challenges on the planet, has today announced a positive economic impact of over
₤7.5 million from its
Start, that took place in Liverpool in August
2017, reinforcing its
strength and power as an impactful and highly inspirational global sports event.
Early research commissioned by Culture Liverpool, and conducted by North West
Research and Strategy, suggests that the event has already left behind a
substantial economic boost to Liverpool and has been responsible for a
₤7,510,000 boost and a further million pounds of visitor spending retention in
Returning to the City bigger and better than ever for the 1st time in a
decade, the Clipper Race drew some 220,000 visitors to Liverpool, during the
week long schedule of festivities, at the Albert Dock.
Commenting on the report, Clipper Race CEO William Ward said:- "The
Clipper Race has developed and grown so significantly over the past 21 years and
its ability to deliver such impressive economic and cultural benefits to
partners, in addition to providing life changing ocean racing experience to
non professional crew, is something that I am very proud of. We had a fantastic
time in Liverpool this year and very much look forward to returning in July next
year for the finish of the 2017-18 edition."
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is unique in that it is the only event on
the planet which trains non professional sailors to become ocean racers.
Approximately 40% of crew members have never sailed before they sign up.
40,000 nautical miles in length, the circumnavigation is divided into eight
More than just a sailing race, the Clipper Race inspires its adventurous crew to
push themselves beyond physical and mental barriers, and enables its business
partners, from Team Partners, Fleet Partners and Suppliers, to achieve
incredible results on a global scale.
The event evaluation report, which monitors the impact of the major events in
the cultural programme, looks at recorded activity over and above what would
have been expected without the Clipper Race presence. It concludes that in 2017
alone, the Clipper Race drew a higher proportion of visitors coming from
elsewhere in the country than any other recent event and attracted nearly double
the number of visitors from overseas (10.4% over 5.5%).
The report also gained insights into motivations and key drivers for attendance,
visitor expenditure, quality of experience and length of stay. It suggests that
69% of respondents were visiting Liverpool specifically to attend the Clipper
Race event and 35.7% of visitors were on staying trips, with the
average stay of 3 nights, an increase of 15% in staying visitors in comparison
to similar events.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:- "Maritime events in Liverpool are
always hugely successful, and Clipper's Race Start was no exception.
From the moment the vessels sailed into the City, crowds of people headed to our
world heritage waterfront to see the fleet 1st hand, many sending the crews
well wishes for the challenge they were all facing.
We are incredibly proud to be the host port for both the start and finish of the
event, and it's wonderful to know that it has already attracted hundreds of
thousands of visitors which in turn boosted the local economy by millions.
The City is looking forward to giving the Clipper vessels and crew another warm
welcome next year as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary of being European Capital
In addition to economic benefits, as a worldwide event the Clipper Race Start in
Liverpool has further cemented the position of the City's waterfront as a world
class event stage.
The Clipper Race fleet, including the Liverpool 2018 team entry is currently
racing across the Southern Ocean to Fremantle, Western Australia having already
stopped in Punta del Este, Uruguay and Cape Town, South Africa.
The 12 Clipper Race teams will return to Liverpool next summer on 28 July 2018,
as highlighted at:- 'World Travel Market,' as part of the Liverpool 2018
Before the fleet gets to Liverpool, UK, completing the 2017-18 edition
of the race, it will now call into:- Fremantle, Sydney, Hobart, Whitsundays
(Australia), Sanya and Qingdao in China, Seattle and New York in USA, and
Derry Londonderry, in Northern Ireland.
Have a 'tree-mendous' time with the RSPB
Photograph taken by Lynne Greesnstreet.
IN celebration of National
Tree Week, the team at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands nature reserve, near Neston is
encouraging visitors to come and take a closer look in their woods, to discover
more about the trees and the wildlife that makes its home there.
Burton Mere Wetlands is best known for its significant wetland and the wildlife
it supports, but there is an impressive area of ancient woodland on the nature
reserve too. The RSPB team manage the wood for a variety of natural wonders. In
the spring it boasts a superb bluebell carpet and a chorus of birdsong, and at
this time of year it displays a stunning array of autumn colours.
Dan Trotman, Visitor Experience Manager for the RSPB Dee Estuary nature reserve,
said:- "Trees play a huge role in maintaining the health and stability of
our surroundings, by cleaning air and retaining water to reduce flooding, but
their importance for nature to thrive is just as great. Trees support a whole
range of wildlife, from insects to birds and certain mammals, especially bats.
Perhaps one of the least recognised are fungi, some of which rely on a special
mutually beneficial relationship with trees to survive. We want visitors to come
along and find out just how magical our woodland is."
The 'Tree-mendous Trees' guided walk takes place, on Sunday, 26 November
10am to 12 noon and costs ₤8 per person (₤6.50 for RSPB members).
gain tips on identifying trees without their leaves and explore this 'in-tree-guing'
environment to learn more about the creatures that call it home. A reasonable
level of fitness is required and booking is essential by phoning 0151 353 8478
or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on wildlife spectacles and events at Burton Mere Wetlands,
Howard League Community Awards for
successful projects that cut crime
projects that reduce crime and transform lives for the better have been honoured
with prestigious national awards. The Howard League for Penal Reform presented
Community Awards and commendations to more than a dozen of the very best schemes
in the country.
Projects from Avon and Somerset, Berkshire, Cheshire, Devon and Cornwall,
Dorset, East Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, London, Merseyside, South Yorkshire and
the West Midlands were among the commended entries.
Rose Mahon, of the Nelson Trust, which runs women's centres in Gloucester and
Swindon, was named Criminal Justice Champion.
The Organisation of the Year category was won by 2 projects - 41 Goodison Road,
a scheme run by Everton Football Club; and Giroscope, a charity based in Hull.
Catryn Yousefi, Programmes Manager at the Howard League for Penal Reform, said:-
"Our Community Awards celebrate the success of projects that guide people
away from crime and make us all safer. Only the very best schemes in the UK are honoured each year and, once again, we
were delighted to receive so many high quality nominations."
Winners and Commendations by category:-
Organisation of the Year (2 winners)
41 Goodison Road - Everton in the Community, Everton Football Club
Youth Justice SEND Project, Achievement for All (AfA)
Criminal Justice Champion
Rose Mahon - The Nelson Trust
Michael Corrigan - Prosper 4 Group
CJ Burge - The SOS+ Project, St Giles Trust
Enrich Programme, Alana House - Parents and Children Together
Doncaster Women's Centre and Community Hub - Changing Lives
The Skill Mill
Birmingham Restorative Justice Service, West Midlands Police
Policing and adults
Problem Gambling - Diversion Pathway for Criminal Justice System - Cheshire
Constabulary and Beacon Counselling Trust
The Drug Education Programme - Avon and Somerset Constabulary/Swanswell
Policing and children
Divert, Youth Justice Services - Cheshire East, Cheshire West, Halton and
Liaison and diversion
Coventry Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service - Coventry and
Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
Wirral Integrated Offender Management Team - Partnership of Merseyside
Police, National Probation Service, Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company,
Wirral Ways to Recovery
Time to Recover - Compass Project 2012
Project Future - MAC-UK, Haringey Council and Barnet, Enfield, Haringey NHS
Pan Dorset Children in Care Protocol, Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset
People from the North West don't know
how many military personnel have died in conflict
THE research has been
conducted to mark the launch of the Forces Network's Remembrance
which has been created in partnership with Professor Ian Beckett. The map
identifies and commemorates all the conflicts (both combat and peacekeeping
missions) which the British Armed Forces have been involved in since WWI, to
enable a greater understanding of the commitments made by our service personnel.
Professor Ian Beckett is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and his
current research focuses on British auxiliary forces, the 1st World War, and
the late Victorian army. His publications focusing on the Great War includes:- the
co-edited A Nation in Arms - A Social Study of the British Army in the 1st
World War (1985); The Great War, 1914-18, the 2nd Edition of which was
published in 2007; and, most recently, The Making of the 1st World War (2012).
As the nation gets set to remember the efforts of our armed forces, new research
released by the Forces Network highlights the lack of knowledge of many Brits,
when asked about the conflicts we have been involved in since the 1st World
War. How can we remember if we don't know?
The statistics show that 85% of Brits don't know that more than 7,000 of our
armed forces have died in conflict (both combat and peacekeeping missions) since
WWII. Additionally, from the start of WWI to the end of WWII 1 million British
personnel lost their lives but when asked 23% people thought that fewer than
5000 service personnel made the ultimate sacrifice.
The statistics also show that more than ½ of Brits think that we have been
involved in 30 or fewer conflicts (both combat and peacekeeping missions), since
WWII; when we have actually been involved in more than 60. 35% of people were
aware of the British involvement in the fight against so called:- 'Islamic State.'
37% of respondents were unaware of any of the conflicts the British Armed Forces
are currently involved in, including Operation TOSCA (UN Peacekeeping Force in
Cyprus) (77%) and our participation in United Nations peacekeeping mission in
Somalia (70%). The figures also indicated that 63% of those asked, think that
the number of conflicts we are currently involved in is high.
The research also reveals that, as a nation, we have an interest in learning
more about our military. Although 56% of 18 to 24 year olds are not aware that
Britain's Armed Forces were involved in the WWII, 52% of that age range said
they would like schools to teach more about the role of our forces.