Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Watch Again – tremendous send-off as the race got under way

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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Watch Again from Liverpool – there was a great show for fantastic send-off for the massive yachts.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – race started on time. Light breeze helped push the yachts to sea. Conditions good but what will it be like in the big wide ocean

The opening began at 08:00.  Each of the twelve teams took their turn on the stage before boarding their boas

Then, each yacht cast off to transfer from Albert Dock into the Canning Half Dock.  At 10:15  the fleet entered the River Mersey

The massive 70ft yachts performed a parade of sail along the Liverpool Mersey river front.

At 1230-1310 the race started 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.

Just after 13:00 the fleet races out of the River Mersey.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is regarded as one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet.  More than 700 people from all walks of life representing 41 nationalities have taken 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.

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