Derry round the world clipper captain named

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The yachtsman who will skipper the Derry-Londonderry entry in the the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race has been named.

Mark Light, 39, originally from Gloucestershire, says it’s great to have been chosen as the local entry’s captain.

“When I got the job I had in mind that I would like to skipper the Irish entry so it’s great to have been appointed to lead the Derry-Londonderry team.

“I think Northern Ireland’s a fantastic place and it’s great that our stopover is one of the last of the race so we have it as a great motivator all the way around.”

Derry-Londonderry is one of ten internationally-sponsored entries in Clipper 11-12. They include Singapore, Chinese entry, Qingdao, and De Lage Landen which will race under the Dutch flag. The Clipper Race is the only global ocean race open to everyone, regardless of background and sailing ability and is the longest in the world.

Almost 500 people from 40 nationalities and more than 250 different professions will step outside their comfort zone to race a stripped down, 68-foot yacht 40,000 miles around the world.

Derry-Londonderry’s participation will form the centrepiece of the campaign leading up to the city’s celebrations as UK City of Culture 2013.