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Media Advisory and Photocalls for Clipper Race Stopover in Derry-Londonderry

15 JULY 2018

After racing almost 3000 miles across the North Atlantic Ocean the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race has arrived in Derry-Londonderry.

The eleven strong fleet has raced from New York, and Derry-Londonderry marks the final Stopover in its round the world adventure ahead of Race Finish in Liverpool on 28 July.    
The arrival into the city was a homecoming for crew on one of the boats. HotelPlanner.com is Skippered and crewed by two Derry locals. Skipper Conall Morrison is from Derry-Londonderry and one of his crew, Roseann McFadden, is from Lifford.

Monday 16 July – Half Day Media Sail onboard HotelPlanner.com – on request
Your chance to try your hand at sailing on a Clipper Race 70 foot ocean racing yacht.  You’ll be able to interview some of the crew from the HotelPlanner.com team along with its Skipper Conall Morrison who is a Derry-Londonderry local, Roseann McGlinchey from Lifford along with Mary and April who are from Tipperary and Waterford. There’s opportunity to learn a bit of the lingo, some sailing skills and hear what life is like at sea for our crew.

Monday 16 July – Half Day Media Sail onboard HotelPlanner.com – on request
Your chance to try your hand at sailing on a Clipper Race 70 foot ocean racing yacht.  You’ll be able to interview some of the crew from the HotelPlanner.com team along with its Skipper Conall Morrison who is a Derry-Londonderry local, Roseann McGlinchey from Lifford along with Mary and April who are from Tipperary and Waterford. There’s opportunity to learn a bit of the lingo, some sailing skills and hear what life is like at sea for our crew.

0845 Guests to meet at Clipper Race Dome at the Foyle Port Marina.
0900 On board safety brief
0930 Slip lines
1130 Return to marina

Clipper Race Dome
Open 1100-1900 until Saturday 21 July and 1100-1400 Sunday 22 July

Come and meet our Crew Recruitment team and alumni crew members to find out what it takes to compete in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Open Boats
1200-2000 Monday 16 – Thursday 19th July and 1200-1600 Friday 20 July

Step on board one of the identical Clipper 70 yachts for a tour from crew members who have competed in this unique race. Have a glimpse at what life is like above and below decks to find out where the crews race, eat, sleep and navigate as they sail around the clock for up to four and a half weeks at a time.

Hosted media tours available on request

Voyages – Parade of Light
2100-2300 Friday 20 July. The eleven strong Clipper Race fleet will take part in an illuminated parade of light and fireworks display on the River Foyle.

Race 13 Start:
Sunday 22 July, from 10:00 to 14:00

After experiencing all that Derry-Londonderry has to offer, the teams will slip lines at 1200 to embark on the final race of the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race from Derry-Londonderry to Liverpool . Each of -the eleven teams will perform an impressive ‘parade of sail’ at 13:00 before the next stage of the race gets underway at 13:30.

10.00 All crew on yachts
10.00 Team Photos
12.00 Slipping lines ceremony
12.30 Departure music to commence [choirs]
13.00 Parade of sail
13.30 Fleet to depart Derry-Londonderry

For further information, outside broadcast and interview requests, please contact:
Karla Graves, Global Communications Manager, Clipper Race
M: +44 (0) 7824 817270
kgraves@clipper-ventures.com

Further information on the Clipper Race

The Clipper Race was established 21 years ago by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. Sir Robin was the first man to sail solo, non-stop around the world and this month marks the 50th anniversary of the start of his epic voyage. This feat is currently being celebrated with the 50th Anniversary edition of the Golden Globes Race 2018 which started on 1 July.

Known as one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet, the race is unique in that everyday people take part. Competitors aren’t professional sports people – they include professions such as teachers, doctors, bankers, firefighters, retirees and students. 40% of crew in the Clipper Race have no previous sailing experience before signing up for their intensive training.
Now in its eleventh edition, the race has trained over 5,000 adventurers to become ocean racers. After setting off from Liverpool, UK, on 20 August 2017, the eleven teams in the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race will have raced 40,000 miles via Punta del Este, Uruguay; Cape Town, South Africa; Fremantle, Sydney, Hobart and the Whitsundays, Australia; Sanya and Qingdao in China; Seattle, USA; Panama; New York, USA; Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland; with the fleet returning to Liverpool, UK on Saturday 28th July 2018.

The teams have battled extreme conditions including hurricane force storms and 10 metre high waves, intense heat across the equator, and frigid cold in some of the most remote and inhospitable places on the planet; the Atlantic, Southern and North Pacific Oceans. 41 nationalities are represented with the youngest crew member aged 18 and the oldest 76. The male/female crew split is 514/198.For more information, please visit www.clipperroundtheworld.com.