Derry boat sets sail on 11 month round the world race

Derry-Londonderry leaving the dock, at the Clipper 13-14 Race start in London, St Katharine's Dock

Derry-Londonderry leaving the dock, at the Clipper 13-14 Race start in London, St Katharine's Dock

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The skipper of the Derry boat in the Clipper round the world yacht race has spoken of the “good feleing on board” as the race got underway this morning.

Sean McCarter, who hails from Buncrana and went to school in Derry, and his crew are among the 12 strong fleet of ocean racing yachts, who will undetake the 40,000 mile sea race.

“There is a really good feeling on board as we do our final preparations and prepare to say goodbye to dry land for the next 11 months.

“We are very happy with our boat and can’t wait to get out there and start testing ourselves as well as the yacht,” he said.

Crowds estimated in excess of 120,000 lined the banks of the Thames yesterday to cheer on the colourful pageant to mark the start of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race.