The Race

Quick Facts

  • The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the only event of its type.
  • Anyone, even if they have never stepped on a boat before, can join the adventure and circumnavigate the world in an eleven month-long marathon.
  • 12 BRAND NEW 70-FOOT OCEAN RACING YACHTS
  •  A 40,000-MILE CIRCUMNAVIGATION, 15 RACES, 13 COUNTRIES, 1 WINNER.
  • 40% of people (me being one of them!) competing in the Clipper Round the World have never set foot on a boat before.
  • Between the crew there are roughly 230 different professions.
  • Tie every warp, line, sheet and halyard together from the Clipper Race fleet and the ropes will stretch for a massive 15 kilometres – that’s twice the height of Mount Everest.
  • During the Clipper Race the teams will get through about  17,500 loo rolls, or 438,000 metres of toilet paper. That’s the equivalent distance of flying from London to Paris.
  • In the Southern Ocean there is a place called ‘Point Nemo’, this is the most remote spot on the planet, furthest away from any civilisation.  The nearest land is approximately 2,000 miles away.  If there was a cosmonaut on the international space station, they would be the closest human to ‘Point Nemo’.

The Route

Clipper-Route

  • LONDON, UK – BREST, FRANCE – RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
  • RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
  • CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – ALBANY, AUSTRALIA
  • ALBANY, AUSTRALIA – SIDNEY, AUSTRALIA – HOBART, AUSTRALIA – BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
  • BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – SINGAPORE – QINGDAO, CHINA
  • QINGDAO, CHINA – SAN FRANCISCO USA
  • SAN FRANCISCO USA – PANAMA CITY, PANAMA – PORT ANTONIO, JAMAICA – NEW YORK, USA
  • NEW YORK, USA – LONDONDERRY, N IRELAND – DEN HELDER, NETHERLANDS – LONDON, UK

Mile/Kilometre/Nautical mile – so what’s the difference?

If you were to cut the Earth in half at the equator, you could pick up one of the halves and look at the equator as a circle. Divide that circle into 360 degrees. Then divide a degree into 60 minutes. A minute of arc on the planet Earth is 1 nautical mile.

HowStuffWorks.

1 nautical mile = 1.852km

1 mile = 1.6km

2 thoughts on “The Race

  1. Lesley Roberts

    Looking forward to receiving the exact route, estimated dates and addresses. Gotta plan my hols 😉

    Reply

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