Clipper Round The World Yacht Race to launch in London
30 August 2015
From the section UK
The event is the world’s longest ocean race
The Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, which will see 12 teams spend a year travelling the globe, begins in London later.
The world’s longest ocean race at 40,000 nautical miles, it will feature 700 participants over its eight stages.
The first leg, which launches at St Katherine’s Dock, will see teams travel 6,000 miles to Brazil’s Rio De Janeiro.
On each of the 70ft yachts, only the skipper is professional. The other crew members are all amateurs.
Around 40% of participants had never sailed when they signed up, organisers say.
Source:: BBC UK