Clipper Race coming to New York
Published on June 19th, 2022
The final stage of the Clipper 2019-20 Race is underway for the first of three races that comprise Leg 8, beginning with a sprint of approximately 700nm from Bermuda to New York. The fleet is expected to arrive in Liberty Landing Marina on June 23-24, and will then prepare for the June 29 start and 3010nm blast back towards Europe, with a stopover in Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland before the final finish in London, UK.
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race was established in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-69. His aim was to allow anyone, regardless of previous sailing experience, the chance to embrace the thrill of ocean racing; it is the only event of its kind for amateur sailors.
Held biennially, the 2019-20 Clipper Race got underway September 1 for the fleet of eleven identical Tony Castro designed Clipper 70s. As the most subscribed round the world race, the 12th edition had attracted 688 crew representing 43 nationalities for the 41,000+ nm course.
However, when the fleet arrived in Asia, the COVID-19 pandemic blocked the fleet from the planned routes in China. The 11 Clipper 70s have remained at Subic Bay Yacht Club in the Philippines since March 2020 after organizers and Race Crew were forced to return home due to pandemic restrictions, with the restart taking place in March 2022.
Source: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race