Derry bids farewell to Clipper Race

Published Sunday, 29 June 2014
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Crowds have turned out in Londonderry to say farewell to the Clipper Round the World Race fleet, as the LegenDerry Maritime Festival came to a close on Sunday.

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Around 270 crew from 12 international teams started the day early in preparation to cast off at 11am.

The Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson made a special presentation to the skippers of the Derry-Londonderry-Doire boat before they set sail.

Last weekend crowds lined the quayside to cheer on the team, who were the first to arrive on the River Foyle after winning the transatlantic leg of the clipper Round the World race.

It marked the start week-long festival in the Maiden City - the LegenDerry Maritime Festival.

At lunchtime the home boat led the fleet in a parade of sail up to the Peace Bridge and then along the river frontage as a final salute.

The fleet arrived at Greencastle in Co Donegal in time to see the 25 minute air display by the RAF's Red Arrows before lining up for the start of the penultimate race in the global series to Den Helder in the Netherlands for the OneDLL Cup.

Race 15 will see the crews take on an 800 mile route over Scotland and then down into the North Sea to arrive in Holland between 2-4 July, subject to prevailing weather conditions.

The Clipper Race is the world's longest ocean race at more than 40,000 miles and is crewed entirely by amateurs apart from the professional skippers that lead each team.

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