Two local legends to get chance at Clipper race

The Clipper Yachts at the start line in Greencastle Co. Donegal last summer. Picture Martin McKeown.
The Clipper Yachts at the start line in Greencastle Co. Donegal last summer. Picture Martin McKeown.
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Two local community workers or volunteers are to be given the chance to take part in the new Clipper Round the World race.

The organisers of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race have gifted Derry City and Strabane District Council with the chance to select two people to join the crews on board the Derry~Londonderry~Doire yacht for the 2015-16 race.

Entitled ‘Voice of the Community’, the new bursary opportunity is inviting organisations across the city and district to nominate someone they believe has made a notable contribution to the life of their community,.

The prize will be sailing a leg of the famous Clipper 2015-16 Race.

Explaining his reasons for awarding the bursary to Derry City and Strabane District Council, Clipper Race founder and chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “The Voice of the Community bursary allows us to give something back to the people of Derry-Londonderry and Strabane as means of saying thank you for the incredible hospitality and support the community has given to us over the last five years.

“This bursary is designed to reward those who spend their time trying to better the lives of others. Selflessness and commitment are important qualities we encourage among all of our Clipper Race crew.”

Mayor of Derry and Strabane Elisha McCallion, is urging community groups to put forward their nominations. She added: “We are hugely thankful to Sir Robin and the Clipper Race for gifting us this unique Voice of the Community bursary.

“Our community is full of people who dedicate their time and effort to making our city the successful, thriving place we are all so proud to be part of. The Clipper Race is hugely popular here so this is a great opportunity for our local community heroes to represent the city around the world whilst having a truly memorable life experience on board our Derry~Londonderry~Doire yacht.”

The Clipper Race is the longest ocean race in the world, divided into eight individual legs which cross six different continents

Established by Sir Robin to give everyone, regardless of previous sailing experience, the chance to experience the exhilaration of ocean racing, 40% of Clipper Race crew have never sailed before they sign up. Full race training is provided.

Community groups are invited to nominate someone they believe has made a real difference to their local area by filling out a nomination form. All nominees must live within Derry City and Strabane District Council. They must also be over 18 years old, have a great sense of adventure and be committed to sharing their knowledge and skills with others as a ‘Voice of a Community’ ambassador on the Clipper 2015-16 Race. Winners must also be available to complete four weeks of race training ahead of joining the race.

The deadline for nominations is Monday 8 June at 12 noon. Submissions will be shortlisted for public voting on Wednesday 10 June with the successful candidates decided by the highest combined scores achieved through public vote and leadership assessment training.

This is the third consecutive race to feature a Derry~Londonderry~Doire entry and the city will once again welcome the race fleet with its award winning Foyle Maritime Festival next summer.

Community groups interested in finding out more about applying or the process involved should contact Derry City and Strabane District Council via email: clipperrace@derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com or can download an application form directly at www.derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com/clipperrace.

Further information about the race and the Foyle Maritime Festival 2016 follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DerryLondonderryClipper or via the website: www.derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com/clipperrace.