The Derry clipper was due to arrive in Halifax, Nova Scotia last night with next stop home.
Despite lagging in last place in the race from New York to Halifax, the crew of the city’s entry in the Round the World Race is preparing for success in the transatlantic homecoming voyage to Lough Foyle.
The crew is keen to put in a good showing for the 2,200 miles race across the ocean which will end near Greencastle in Inishowen. Derry~Londonderry round the world crew member, Michelle McCann - who is from Shroove in Greencastle - is especially looking forward to seeing the home shores she departed almost a year ago to take part in the gruelling ocean race.
“I can’t wait for the moment when I will see Ireland appearing in the distance after crossing the Atlantic and then when we enter Lough Foyle and pass by Shrove, I think it will be very emotional for me.
“Sailing up the Foyle then and arriving in Derry will be amazing. Our whole crew is really looking forward to it. Many family and friends of crew members are going to be there. I am especially looking forward to meeting up with previous crew member, ‘Leggers.’ There are some great events planned and I will be up and down between Derry and Shrove for most of the week,” she said.
Michelle believes that the Clipper event will be very beneficial for the north west area.
“I think the stopover here will be an amazing opportunity for visitors to see what Derry/Donegal and the surrounding area has to offer. I really hope the weather will be kind and the sun will shine so that people can see my beautiful country at its best. “Maybe then I will have my Dorothy moment when I can click my heels and say.. there’s no place like home.”
The clipper yachts are due to arrive in Lough Foyle on June 29.