The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2023-2024 has just set off from Portsmouth, Hampshire. This is a 40000 mile race around the globe in yachts crewed mainly by non-professional sailors.
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is a global sailing race that takes place approximately every two years. It involves a fleet of identical yachts, and the race typically lasts for about 11 months, covering a distance of around 40,000 nautical miles and circumnavigates the globe.
All the yachts used in the Clipper Race are specially designed and built for the event. They are known as Clipper 70s, referring to their length in feet. These yachts are designed to be capable of enduring the rigors of ocean racing and are equipped for both competitive racing and long-distance cruising.
What sets the Clipper Race apart is that it allows amateur sailors, often referred to as “Clipper Crew,” to participate alongside professional skippers. Participants come from diverse backgrounds and can choose to complete the entire circumnavigation or join for one or more legs of the race.
The race typically consists of several legs or stages, with each leg covering a specific portion of the global route. The race makes stops at various ports and cities around the world, allowing crew members to experience different cultures and locations along the way.
See the official Clipper round the world website.