Get on board a clipper at Queen’s Quay

The Derry~Londonderry Clipper Yacht arrives at the finish line four miles off the Donegal coast. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 1.7.11
The Derry~Londonderry Clipper Yacht arrives at the finish line four miles off the Donegal coast. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 1.7.11
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Clippers taking part in the round the world race are open to the public from today until Thursday.

Anyone interested in getting a taste of what the race crews have to endure during their 40,000 circumnavigation of the globe should report to the pontoon entrance at Queen’s Quay. The public will be given the chance to have a tour of two of the 68 foot racing yachts taking part in the world’s longest ocean race and meet some the crew who have sailed them.

Meanwhile, anyone interested in taking part in the next Clipper Round the World Race - the world’s longest ocean trace - are invited to attend presentations at the City Hotel.

For those interested in taking on the unique challenge and testing themselves against some of the world’s harshest environments, the Clipper Race’s Recruitment Manager, David Cusworth, will host talks at the hotel on Wednesday and Friday at 6pm.

He said: “From students to doctors, accountants to plumbers, the crew of the Clipper Race come from a diverse mixture of backgrounds, nationalities and sailing experience. Forty percent of crew who take part in the race have never stepped on board a yacht before starting their Level 1 training and end up taking on some of Mother Nature’s most extreme conditions.”

The arrival of the Qingdao - the Chinese entry - into Derry on Monday morning completed the docking of the full fleet taking part in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race. The Chinese entry has had a tough race after it had to divert to St. John’s, Newfoundland, to get an injured crew member checked out for a suspected spinal injury after a fall in bad weather.

The Qingdao entry crossed the finish line at Greencastle at 7.59am on Monday, arriving in Derry 10am after 16 tough days at sea. The crew were treated to a hero’s welcome by spectators, friends and family who lined the quayside.