Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

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Approaching the starting line on a leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 12 June 2008

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race was conceived in 1995 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston[1] and together with William Ward (CEO), founded Clipper Ventures, a company that would run the race. Jeremy Knight joined in 1998 initially as Finance Director and later as Chief Operating Officer. Various other Directors joined the business during its development, but Knox-Johnston, Ward and Knight formed the core of the board and currently they are the only Directors.

The event gives paying amateur crew members the chance to sail around the world. The organizers own a fleet of identical yachts, and provide qualified skippers to lead each team. Crew can either sign up for the whole race, or one or more legs. In contrast to the slightly older Global Challenge (no longer being staged due to the owner company going into administration), the Clipper race uses lighter, faster boats and the route follows the prevailing currents and winds.

The race ran every two years between 1996 and 2002, and then skipped a year, with subsequent races beginning in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011. A race is planned for 2013.[2]

Teams compete for the Times Clipper 2000 trophy, made of lead crystal.[3]

Origins of the name 'Clipper'[edit]

In the 1830s tea clippers were small, fast, cargo carrying sailing ships. Premium prices were paid for the season's first consignment of tea from China to reach London. In the Great Tea Race of 1866, four such ships held an unofficial race, and this inspired the name of the modern day race.

The eight Clipper 60 yachts were initially named after tea clippers including Ariel, Blackadder, Taeping and Thermopylae.

Crews[edit]

Since 1996, the Clipper Race has taken more than 2,000 people from all walks of life and turned them into long distance racers. Around half have no previous sailing experience.[4] Around 40% of the crew are female.[5] There is no upper age limit.[6] In Clipper 09-10, crew came from 41 nationalities, representing 230 different professions and were aged from 18 to 69. Most have gone on to continue their love of the sea through boat purchases, sailing holidays and jobs in the marine sector.

Clipper Race Yacht Club[edit]

Crew members often form deep bonds and long-lasting friendships. In order to facilitate crew keeping in touch with one another, on 24 April 2009 the Clipper Race Yacht Club was officially launched at a ceremony at St Katharine’s Dock.[7] The purpose of the club is to create an association of Clipper alumni to the mutual advantage of all parties and for the purpose of having fun.[8] Membership is open to individuals who have completed at least one leg of the Clipper Round the World yacht race, or competed with Clipper in another approved race, or have been associated with Clipper Ventures as a staff member.[9]

Yachts[edit]

Clipper 60[edit]

The fleet for the 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002 races featured the "Clipper 60", a 60-foot yacht designed by David Pedrick and built by Colvic Craft. The design was based on the Camper and Nicholson Bluewater 58 cruising yacht. Modifications were made to the cruising version including a new deck layout better suited to ocean racing and an enlarged rig.[10] Eight Clipper 60s were built. After the 2002/3 race, some of the Clipper 60s were initially retained for use in crew training and corporate events,[11] but all have now been sold (for example Antiope now operates as a charter yacht based in Iceland).[12]

Clipper 60 Specifications[13]
Hull type Monohull
Builder Colvic Craft
Displacement 24,000 kg
Designer David Pedrick
Engine Diesel 130 hp, Perkins M165
Length Overall 59 ft 11 in (18.26 m)
Length Water Line 52 ft 3 in (15.93 m)
Beam 15 ft 7 in (4.75 m)
Draft 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)
IRC Handicap 1.067 (2011)

Yacht names[edit]

Clipper 60 Yacht names
Sail number Callsign MMSI 1996 1998 2000 2002 # Podium placings New owners
GBR61L MWEG5 234295000 Taeping Taeping Plymouth Cape Town[14] 1 Blue Box Sailing
GBR62L MWEF5 235009160 Ariel Ariel London London 3 Sold February 2012 to buyer in Hong Kong. Now "Rizhao", sail number CHN 060626[15]
GBR63L MWED5 234293000 Thermopylae Thermopylae Leeds Hong Kong 0 Discovery Sailing Project [16][17]
GBR64L MWEB5  ? Mermerus Mermerus Jersey Jersey 3 In private ownership - converted to cruising yacht.[18][19]
GBR65L MWEA5 235011100 Serica Serica Bristol Bristol 2 Blue Box Sailing
GBR66L TFAQ 251771000 Antiope Antiope Liverpool Liverpool 2 Now "Aurora" owned by Borea Adventures[20]
GBR67L MWDY5 234289000 Chrysolite Chrysolite Glasgow Glasgow 1 Now "Clyde Challenger". First owned by Clyde Sail Training Trust[21][22] and then Glasgow Community and Safety Services[23][24]
GBR68L MWDX5 235009170 Blackadder (did not compete) Portsmouth New York 0 Now "Hummingbird", owned by Rubicon 3

Clipper 68[edit]

For the 2005 race, a new fleet of Clipper 68s was built to replace the Clipper 60s. The 68-foot yachts were designed by Ed Dubois and the fleet increased from eight boats to ten. The Clipper 68's longer hull line, taller mast, lighter overall weight (two tons lighter than its predecessor), and a flatter bottom meant faster boat speeds. The Clipper 68s have logged downwind surfs approaching 30 knots. The yachts were built in China, the first time a fleet of racing yachts had been built in mainland china. Clipper Ventures managed the project themselves with Jeremy Knight heading up the project. In 2010 and additional Clipper 68 was built to replace one which was lost when it ran aground.

The Clipper 68s have been retired after the 2011-12 race. Two of the yachts are now based in Australia where they will be used for crew training and corporate sailing.

Clipper 68 Specifications
Hull type Monohull
Rig Masthead Cutter
Builder Shanghai Double Happiness Yacht Co. Ltd
Displacement 31.2 tonnes (31,200 kg)
Designer Dubois Naval Architects
Length 68 ft (21 m)
Mast height 89 ft 7 in (27.31 m)
IRC Handicap 1.246 (2010)[25]

Yacht names[edit]

Clipper 68 Yacht names
Hull # Sail number Callsign MMSI 2005 2007 2009 2011 # Podium placings
CV1 GBR9350T MGMX8 235021704 Liverpool Liverpool Edinburgh Edingburgh Inspiring Capital[26] 0
CV2 GBR9351T MHAX6 235023621 Glasgow: Scotland with Style Glasgow Jamaica New York 2
CV3 GBR9353T MHBA9 235023623 westernaustralia.com westernaustralia.com[27] Uniquely Singapore[28] Welcome To Yorkshire[29] 2
CV4 GBR9352T MGZR2 235023622 Uniquely Singapore Uniquely Singapore Cork (did not compete) 1
CV5 GBR9354T MHUD8 235026123 Jersey Jamaica Team Finland Gold Coast 2
CV6 GBR9355T MHUJ8 235026119 Durban Durban Qingdao Geraldton 1
CV7 GBR9356T MJVF8 235009370 New York Hull and Humber Cape Breton Island Uniquely Singapore 4
CV8 GBR9357T MJWC8 235009350 Qingdao Qingdao Hull and Humber De Lage Landen 0
CV9 GBR9358T MKJU6 235009770 Victoria New York Spirit of Australia Qingdao 2
CV10 GBR9359T MKHV5 235009780 Cardiff Nova Scotia California Derry 1
CV11 GBR9352T 2ESG8 235087742 (did not compete) (did not compete) (did not compete) Visit Finland[30] 1

CV5 and CV10 are being delivered to Australia where they will be used by Clipper Ventures for crew training.

Clipper 70[edit]

From Clipper 2013 races feature the Clipper 70, designed by Tony Castro Naval Architects. The fleet of twelve Clipper 70s were built by Mazarin Yachts in Qingdao, China for use in the 2013-14 race.[31]

Clipper 70 Specifications
Hull type Monohull
Rig Masthead Cutter
Builder Mazarin Yachts, Qingdao, China
Displacement 31.7 tonnes (31,700 kg)
Designer Tony Castro Naval Architects
Length 23 m (75 ft)
Beam 5.65 m (18.5 ft)
Draft 3 m (9.8 ft)
Mast height 29 m (95 ft)

Yacht names[edit]

Clipper 70 Yacht names
Hull # Sail number Callsign MMSI 2013
CV20 GBR720X 2GIE3 235097602 One DLL[32]
CV21 GBR721X 2GIE4 235097603 Henri Lloyd[33]
CV22 GBR722X 2GVY6 235100988 Qingdao
CV23 GBR723X 2GQD9 235099583 Mission Performance
CV24 GBR724X 2GVF2 235100807 Switzerland[34]
CV25 GBR725X 2GTZ4 235100519 Invest Africa
CV26 GBR726X 2GWE6 235101038 Great Britain[35]
CV27 GBR727X 2GVW9 235100974 Team Garmin
CV28 GBR728X 2GWP8 235101124 PSP Logistics
CV29 GBR729X 2GWQ8 235101133 Old Pulteney[36]
CV30 GBR730X 2GWS2 235101142 Derry-Londonderry-Doire[37]
CV31 GBR731X 2GWT6 235101154 Jamaica[38]

Routes[edit]

Routes are selected that allowed for a high proportion of downwind sailing, the most technically demanding point of sail.

Sponsorship[edit]

For the inaugural race the yachts did not feature sponsor's branding. In 2000, The Times newspaper came on board as title sponsor, featuring the race as its Millennium project. The event was renamed The Times Clipper 2000 Race and for the first time, the yachts were backed by UK cities.William Ward has expanded the city concept since Clipper 2002 and subsequent races with entries from international cities. The race now generated one of the highest returns on investment for sponsors compared to other sailing events.

Publicity[edit]

The inaugural race was low-key with the start watched by only a handful of spectators, whereas at the start of Clipper 09-10 attracted an estimated 150,000 spectators, and the Red Arrows flew overhead. By the end of that race the race had been exposed to an estimated combined global circulation of more than 470,000,000 people.

Clipper '96[edit]

Route[edit]

The first race took a route starting from Plymouth and then sailing to Madeira, Fort Lauderdale, Panama, Galapagos, Hawaii, Yokohama, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seychelles, Durban, Cape Town, Salvador (Brazil), the Azores and back to Plymouth.

Results[edit]

Clipper '96 Results
Position Boat Skipper Points
1 Ariel Ras Turner 24
2 Mermerus Jim Thom 47
3 Taeping Adrian Faiers 61
4 Chrysolite Colin de Mowbray 64
5 Blackadder Andrew Spedding 77
6 Serica Bluey Neale 82
7 Thermopylae Mervyn Wheatley 91
8 Antiope Charlie Osborne 93

Scores were calculated on a for each race. First = 1 point, Second = 2 points and so on...

Clipper '98[edit]

Fleet[edit]

Seven boats raced, with Blackadder not competing.

Route[edit]

The route was largely the same as the '96 race, but called briefly at Nassau in the Bahamas before going to Marina Hemingway, five miles to the west of Havana, a direct course between the USA and Cuba being impossible.

Results[edit]

The race was won, convincingly, by Alex Thomson, who was the youngest skipper to win a round the world yacht race at just 24. Thomson used the win to springboard him into the international racing scene on his Open 60 Hugo Boss.

Clipper '98 Results
Position Boat Skipper Points
1 Ariel Alex Thomson 24.5
2 Antiope Keith Harris 50
3 Chrysolite Tim Hedges 58.5
4 Mermerus Barney Sollars 67
5 Taeping Nick Fleming 71.5
6 Serica Rupert Dean 76
7 Thermopylae Malcolm Todd 82.5

The Times Clipper 2000 Race[edit]

This was the only race to have a title sponsor, with the UK daily broadsheet The Times sponsoring the race and trophy.

Fleet[edit]

All eight Clipper 60 yachts took part, and were renamed after cities in the UK (Portsmouth, Plymouth, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Jersey and Liverpool), with the crews, where possible, drawn from the city their boat was named for.

Route[edit]

The race started and finished in Portsmouth harbour. The stop in the Azores was replaced by one in New York and to compensate for the extra distance the Seychelles to Durban to Cape Town leg was reduced to Mauritius to Cape Town.

The race attempted to make it from Yokohama to Shanghai but a fierce storm east of Tokyo Bay in March 2001 caused damage to several of the boats and by the time they had returned to Japan for repair, the entry visas to China had lapsed. Instead, the fleet raced from Yokohama to Naha, the capital of the Japanese island, Okinawa.

Another diversion took place in May 2001 when mechanical problems to Bristol Clipper’s generator meant the fleet spent two days in Christmas Island and the crews got an unexpected Australian stamp in their passports.

In another modification to the Clipper ‘96 and Clipper ‘98 route, stops were included in Vilamoura (Portugal), Singapore and Mauritius with the penultimate race going from New York to the Channel Island port of St. Helier.

Results[edit]

The point scoring method was altered, with the races now scoring 8 points for a win, 7 for second and so on.

The Times Clipper 2000 Results
Position Boat Skipper Points
1 Bristol Bob Beggs 97.4
2 Jersey Paul de la Haye 96
3 London Stuart Gibson 82
4 Liverpool Rupert Dean 77
5 Plymouth Matt Baker 75
6 Portsmouth Martin Clough 72
7 Leeds Simon Rowell 40
8 Glasgow Ed Green 38

The Clipper 2002 Race[edit]

Fleet[edit]

This was to be the fourth and final circumnavigation for the Clipper 60 fleet. Three of the boats were renamed, and international cities were now added to the race, Hong Kong, Cape Town and New York.

Route[edit]

The start point was moved to Liverpool, and an estimated 40,000 spectators came to see the boats off despite a 24-hour delay due to storms in the Irish Sea. 100 mph gusts turned the local waters into a boiling maelstrom and the start was postponed from the Sunday until the next day.

The race continued to go westwards. As in 2000, the attempt to race into Shanghai failed – this time thanks to the promised berthing facilities being withdrawn. Further along the route, the fleet was challenged by the SARS virus and the yachts were forced to find an alternative location close to Singapore. The popular Indonesian island of Batam provided the facilities and the stop proved so popular, it was a catalyst for Singapore to enter a yacht in the next running of the race.

Results[edit]

Clipper 2002 Results
Position Boat Skipper Points
1 Jersey Johnathan Brockhouse / Ed Green / Simon Rowell[39] 97.5
2 Bristol Richard Butler 95.5
3 Liverpool Adam Kyffin 74
4 Hong Kong Justin Taylor 71
5 Glasgow Rupert Parkhouse 65
6 London Rory Gillard 57.5
7 New York Sam Fuller / Ross Daniel[40] 55
8 Cape Town Roger Steven-Jennings 30

Clipper 05–06 Race[edit]

Fleet[edit]

The 2005 race was the first to feature the larger Clipper 68 yachts.

After the initial three international boats from the 2002 race, the race was made fully international, with boats sponsored by Victoria, Canada, Qingdao, Durban, New York, Singapore and Western Australia as well as the home teams of Liverpool, Glasgow, Cardiff and Jersey.

Route[edit]

The 2005 race was the first to circumnavigate from east to west. The route was altered to take account of the faster boats, and to take in stopovers at many of the sponsoring cities. For the first time there was a leg across the Southern Ocean between Durban and Fremantle, and a leg across the North Pacific between Qingdao and Victoria, Canada.

The race schedule was significantly altered when Glasgow Clipper reported keel problems in the South China Sea, and diverted to Subic Bay in the Philippines, followed by the rest of the fleet that were showing symptoms, causing an enforced 6 week stopover. The revised schedule dropped the planned stopover in Yokohama from the route, and moved the Caribbean stopover from Curaçao to Jamaica.

Results[edit]

Clipper 05–06 Leg Results
Start Liverpool Cascais Salvador Durban Fremantle Singapore Subic Bay Qingdao Victoria Panama Jamaica New York Jersey Holyhead
End Cascais Salvador Durban Fremantle Singapore Subic Bay Qingdao Victoria Panama Jamaica New York Jersey Holyhead Liverpool
CV1 Liverpool '08 1 2 Jt. 5 6 5 - 1 3 3 9 8 6 1 3
CV2 Glasgow: Scotland with Style 10 10 9 10 (-1) 9 - 8 8 (-2) 8 (-4) 10 4 9 7 9
CV3 Uniquely Singapore 4 6 Jt. 5. 9 6 - 4 (-1) 9 (-1) 1 4 1 7 4 6
CV4 westernaustralia.com 2 1 1 3 2 - 9 5 7 2 2 2 2 1
CV5 Jersey 9 7 10 5 8 - 10 (-2) 10 (-1) 10 (-4) 7 10 5 9 8
CV6 Durban 3 5 8 1 (-1) 1 - 3 2 (-1) 2 1 6 8 3 7
CV7 New York 6 4 2 7 3 - 6 7 (-1) 4 3 3 1 5 2
CV8 Qingdao 7 9 4 4 7 - 7 6 9 5 5 4 6 5
CV9 Victoria 8 8 (-1) 7 2 4 - 2 (-1) 1 6 8 7 3 10 4
CV10 Cardiff 5 3 (-1) 3 8 10 - 5 (-1) 4 5 6 9 10 8 10

Races score 1st = 10 points, 2nd = 9 pts, etc. However, Race 1 (Liverpool to Cascais) and Race 13 (Holyhead to Liverpool) were scored at half points. In addition, the race committee did sometimes apply points penalties, invariably for excessive sail damage. The penalty points are shown in brackets after the result.

The original race 6, from Singapore to Qingdao was abandoned when the fleet diverted to Subic, and no points were awarded.

Liverpool and Singapore were awarded a tie in Race 3, after Liverpool had a GPS failure, and could not confirm its finish time with sufficient accuracy to determine whether it was ahead or behind Singapore. 5.5 points were awarded to each boat.

Clipper 05–06 Results
Position Boat Skipper Points
1 westernaustralia.com Dave Pryce/Mark Preedy 94.5
2 Durban Craig Miller 85.0
3 New York Joff Bailey 82.0
4 Liverpool '08 Tim McGee (Sam Fuller Jamaica->New York) 80.5
5 Uniquely Singapore Richard Falk 68.5
6 Victoria Ewan Hind 65.0
7 Qingdao Danny Watson 59.0
8 Cardiff Conor Fogherty (Mervyn Wheatley Victoria->Panama) 51.5
9 Jersey Mark Taylor/Simon Rowell/Richard Franklin/Mervyn Wheatley[41] 25.5
10 Glasgow: Scotland with Style Graeme Johnston/Rory Gillard[42] 23.5

Clipper 07–08 Race[edit]

The Clipper 07–08 race started on 16 September 2007 in Liverpool.

Fleet[edit]

Once again, 10 Clipper 68s took part. There were some changes to the lineup with Victoria, Jersey and Cardiff replaced by Jamaica, Hull & Humber and Nova Scotia.

Route[edit]

The race had some changes compared to the 05–06 route. La Rochelle was the first stop, replacing Cascais, and the route for Leg 5 changed, with the race leaving Qingdao and heading to Santa Cruz via Hawaii, eliminating the stopovers in Yokohama and Victoria. The final leg also changed, with an extra stop in Halifax, and the final pitstop in Cork, rather than Jersey and then finished in Liverpool in July 2008.

Results[edit]

Clipper 07–08 Leg Results
Start Liverpool La Rochelle Salvador Durban Fremantle Singapore Qingdao Hawaii Santa Cruz Panama Jamaica New York Halifax Cork
End La Rochelle Salvador Durban Fremantle Singapore Qingdao Hawaii Santa Cruz Panama Jamaica New York Halifax Cork Liverpool
CV1 Liverpool '08 2 4 2 9 2 8 7 7 6 5 3 9 4 5
CV2 Glasgow: Scotland with Style 3 2 3 6 6 3 3 5 5 3 5 2 7 6
CV4 Uniquely Singapore 7 7 8 7 7 7 4 1 7 6 7 8 5 2
CV3 westernaustralia2011.com 9 6 6 2 3 6 RTD DNC 9 10 2 1 9 9
CV5 Jamaica RTD 10 9 8 9 5 8 6 8 8 6 10 6 7
CV6 Durban 2010 and Beyond 5 1 7 1 5 2 6 DNC RTD 7 10 7 8 8
CV7 Hull & Humber 1 5 4* 4 4 4 1 4 1 1 8 4 3 3
CV8 Qingdao 6 8 5 3 10 10 5 8 2 4 4 3 2 4
CV9 New York 8 9 1 10 1 1 2 3 3 2 1 6 1 1
CV10 Nova Scotia 4 3 10 5 8 9 9 2 4 9 9 5 10 10
  • In Race 3, Hull and Humber crossed the line first, but had a four hour penalty applied for using her motor during a casualty evacuation near the start of the race. As New York were six minutes behind, and Liverpool and Glasgow also finished within four hours, Hull and Humber dropped to 4th place in that race.
  • In Race 8, Western Australia and Durban did not compete after losing their masts in Race 7. The race committee awarded them points for the race based on their average position in races 1–7. Durban got 7 points, Western Australia got 5.

RTD = Retired, DNC = Did not compete

Clipper 07–08 Results
Position Boat Skipper Points
1 New York Jerry Crew/Duggie Gillespie 103.5
2 Hull & Humber Danny Watson 98.0
3 Glasgow: Scotland with Style Hannah Jenner 87.0
4 Qingdao Marcus Cholerton-Brown 77.5
5 Liverpool '08 Ben Galloway 75.5
6 Durban 2010 and Beyond Ricky Chalmers 70.0
7 Uniquely Singapore Mark Preedy 69.0
8 westernaustralia2011.com Martin Silk 65.0
9 Nova Scotia Rob McInally 50.5
10 Jamaica Simon Bradley 40.5

Where two teams are equal on points, their relative position is determined using the countback rule. That is, the team with the most first place finishes is placed higher; if those are equal, look at second place finishes, and so forth...

Points have been deducted for sail damage: Glasgow & Hull and Humber 4, Nova Scotia & Jamaica 3, Liverpool 1.

Race 1 was for half points.

Clipper 09–10 Race[edit]

Clipper 09–10 started from Kingston upon Hull on the Humber Estuary on 13 September 2009.[43] The race was won by Spirit of Australia on 17 July 2010, when the yachts returned to Hull Marina for a gala celebration.

Fleet[edit]

The same fleet of Clipper 68s took part. The yachts were named Hull and Humber, Qingdao, Uniquely Singapore, Cape Breton Island, Spirit of Australia, California, Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, Jamaica Lightning Bolt, Team Finland and Cork.

On 15 January 2010, Cork Clipper ran aground on the Gosong Mampango reef at in the Java Sea[44][45] at 3°35.1195′S 109°10.9′E / 3.5853250°S 109.1817°E / -3.5853250; 109.1817. In 1992 it was reported that the reef and its associated light lie 0.9 mile east of their charted positions.[46] The crew successfully evacuated the yacht and were aided by competitors Team California and Team Finland. Cork Clipper was abandoned a few days later after the decision was made that any attempt to salvage her would be uneconomical.[47][48] Stuart Jackson's Challenge 67 yacht "Aurora of London" was chartered and prepared and re-branded as "Cork" in Antigua.[49] She rejoined the race in Panama in May 2010, where she was skippered by Hannah Jenner - former 07/08 skipper of 'Glasgow - Scotland With Style'. The Cork yacht was able to finish the race in style as they achieved line honours into their home port of Kinsale, and won the final race from IJmuiden to Hull; winning a second coveted yellow pennant.

Results[edit]

For this race, stealth mode was introduced along with scoring gates.

Clipper 09–10 Leg Results
Start Hull La Rochelle Rio de Janeiro South Africa Western Australia Singapore Qingdao California Panama Caribbean New York Cape Breton Island Cork IJmuiden Gate Points
End La Rochelle Rio de Janeiro South Africa Western Australia Singapore Qingdao California Panama Caribbean New York Cape Breton Island Cork IJmuiden Hull Gate Points
CV1 Edinburgh Inspiring Capital 3 2 3 5 2 3 5 5 4 6 4 5 2 3 1
CV2 Jamaica Lightning Bolt 6 8 6 8 8 9 9 9 6 3 3 9 3 6 5
CV3 Uniquely Singapore 4 3 8 4 4 7 7 2 5 10 7 1 5 4 7
CV4 Cork 8 6 10 1 0 4.6 4.6 4.6 3 1 1 4 1 10 3
CV5 Team Finland 10 10 9 10 7 1 8.3 7 7 4 5 10 10 2 5
CV6 Qingdao 2 5 4 6 3 8 8 8 2 8 2 8 4 5 1
CV7 Cape Breton Island 7 7 2 7 10 5 10 6 8 9 8 2 8 7 8
CV8 Hull & Humber 5 4 7 7 5 4 6 4 9 7 10 7 9 9 5
CV9 Spirit of Australia 9 9 5 9 9 10 10 10 10 5 9 6 7 8 12
CV10 California 1 1 1 3 6 6 1 3 1 2 6 3 6 1 1
Clipper 09–10 Results
Position Boat Skipper Points
1 Spirit of Australia Brendan Hall 128
2 Team Finland Eero Lehtinen / Rob McInally 105.3
3 Cape Breton Island Jan Ridd 104
4 Hull & Humber Piers Dudin / Justin Taylor 98
5 Jamaica Lightning Bolt Pete Stirling 98
6 Uniquely Singapore Jim Dobie 76
7 Qingdao Chris Stanmore-Major 74
8 Cork Richie Fearon / Hannah Jenner 56.8
9 Edinburgh Inspiring Capital Matt Pike 53
10 California Pete Rollason 42

Clipper 11-12 Race[edit]

Aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious leading the contestants in the 2011-12 race down Southampton Water to the start line off Cowes, IoW, 31 July 2011, as seen from Calshot Spit.

The fleet departed from Ocean Village on 31 July 2011 and the race started in the Solent.[50] The race lasted a full year and covered an estimated 40,000 nautical miles.

Fleet[edit]

In this edition of the race the fleet included a newly built Clipper 68 to replace the yacht lost at sea.[51] The race saw several yachts suffering steering gear failures, the most severe causing Singapore to retire during the leg to New Zealand. During race 9 from Qingdao to California, an incident on the Geraldton Western Australia yacht made international headlines when the US Coastguard Cutter Bertholf rescued two of the four injured crew from the yacht.[52][53]

Route[edit]

The route was again modified with yachts visiting Eastern Australia and New Zealand for the first time before sailing up to Singapore.

Results[edit]

Scoring gates and stealth mode were again features of the 11-12 race.

Clipper 11-12 Leg Results
Start Southampton Madeira Rio de Janeiro Cape Town Western Australia New Zealand Eastern Australia Singapore Qingdao California Panama New York Nova Scotia Londonderry Netherlands Gate Points
End Madeira Rio de Janeiro Cape Town Western Australia New Zealand Eastern Australia Singapore Qingdao California Panama New York Nova Scotia Londonderry Netherlands UK
CV2 New York 8 7 3 8 8 (-2) 3 (-1) 4 4 8 (-2) 3 3 5 4 7 4 3
CV3 Welcome to Yorkshire 5 9 4 4 4 (-2) 7 (-1) 2 2 6 (-1) 9 4 8 8 3 5 10
CV5 Gold Coast Australia 10 10 10 10 (-5) 10 (-2) 9 10 8 (-2) 10 (-5) 10 10 10 10 8 10 20
CV6 Geraldton Western Australia 2 4 2 6 5 2 8 9 1 (-1) 5 7 4 (-3) 7 5 6 8
CV8 De Lage Landen 4 3 8 9 6 (-1) 8 5 10 4 7 8 3 3 4 8 10
CV10 Derry-Londonderry 7 1 6 3 7 (-1) 1 9 5 (-1) 7 (-2) 6 1 1 2 1 7 2
CV1 Edinburgh Inspiring Capital 1 2 1 2 3 (-1) 4 1 3 3 (-1) 1 6 (-2) 7 5 2 2 1
CV7 Uniquely Singapore 6 8 7 1 1 6 6 7 9 4 5 (-1) 6 9 10 9 8
CV9 Qingdao 3 5 5 5 2 5 7 1 5 2 2 2 1 6 3 4
CV11 Visit Finland 9 6 9 7 9 (-2) 10 3 6 (-1) 2 8 9 9 6 9 1 3
Clipper 11-12 Results
Boat Skipper Points
Gold Coast Australia Richard Hewson 151
Visit Finland Oli Osborne 103
Singapore Ben Bowley 101
De Lage Landen Mat Booth / Stuart Jackson 99
Welcome to Yorkshire Rupert Dean 86
New York Gareth Glover 77
Geraldton Western Australia Juan Coetzer 77
Derry-Londonderry Mark Light 62
Qingdao Ian Conchie 58
Edinburgh Inspiring Capital Gordon Reid / Flavio Zamboni[54] / Piers Dudin[55] 40

Clipper 13-14 Race[edit]

Fleet[edit]

For this edition, the fleet was expanded to 12 brand new identical Tony Castro designed Clipper 70 yachts. In a break from tradition, 5 of the yachts are sponsored by companies rather than cities or countries.

Route[edit]

The race set off from London's St. Katherine Docks on Sunday 1 September, with the start taking place offshore at Southend[56] the following morning. The fleet then raced to Brest and onwards to Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Albany, Sydney, Hobart, Brisbane, Singapore, Qingdao, San Francisco, Panama, Jamaica, New York, Derry/Londonderry, and Den Helder, before finishing back in London.

Skippers[edit]

On 10 April 2013, the skippers for the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race were announced as follows:[57]

Clipper 13–14 Skippers
Name Nationality Age
Damian Parnham Australian (East Coast) 48
Pete Stirling British (Hampshire) 47
Patrick van der Zijden Dutch (Vogelenzang) 43
Simon Talbot British (Essex) 43
Gareth Glover British (Manchester) 36
Chris Hollis Australian (East Coast) 33
Eric Holden Canadian (Vancouver) 33
Sean McCarter Irish (Derry) 31
Vicky Ellis British (Bristol) 30
Oliver Cotterell British (Hampshire) 27
Richard Gould British (Hampshire) 26
Matt Mitchell British (Berkshire) 26

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