London to Host Clipper Round the World Homecoming this Saturday
This Saturday, after almost a year of circumnavigating the globe, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race comes to an end where it began, at St Katharine Docks - the only marina in central London.
Since the teams left London on 1st September 2013, approximately 40,000 miles of ocean has been covered over eight legs and 16 races. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the only of its kind where all crews compete in identical 70-foot racing yachts, and the skipper is the only fully-qualified crew member. The race was conceived by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in 1995, who wanted to offer ordinary people the opportunity to experience the thrill of participating in a circumnavigation. Although the 2013-14 race will come to an end this weekend, you can register for a crew application pack here.
Huge crowds are expected to gather along the banks of the Thames on Saturday as the finishing procession takes place throughout the day. The yachts will end their journey at the St Katharine Docks Race Village, where visitors will be treated to live music, DJs, dancers and a variety of international foods to sample, all for free. The event organisers hope the event will inspire the more people in the capital to explore the charms of sailing.
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Article by Jack Bartrop