The eleventh edition of the unique biennial Clipper Round the World Yacht Race gets underway from Liverpool this weekend at 0800 BST (1130 GMT/UTC) on Sunday 20 August 2017. Watch video of what’s in store for the crews
TIMES BST (GMT/UTC+1)
0810-0910 Opening Ceremony as each of the twelve teams take their turn on the stage before boarding their boats.
0915-0950 Each yacht casts off to transfer from Albert Dock into the Canning Half Dock
1015-1050 The fleet enters the River Mersey
1115-1200 The fleet performs a parade of sail along the Liverpool Mersey river front.
1230-1310 Race start followed by an initial course around marks/buoys in front of the Liverpool waterfront to complete a circuit before heading out to sea towards Uruguay.
1310-1330 Fleet races out of the River Mersey
It is regarded as one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet. More than 700 people from all walks of life representing 41 nationalities take on one of the world’s toughest oceans.
Forty percent of the crews are novices and never sailed before starting a comprehensive training programme. Each team is led by a professional skipper.
The Official Race Charity is UNICEF, which has been gifted a team yacht entry for the 2017-18 edition.
Watch the video for an insight into the Clipper Race.
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