Clipper Round the World Yacht Race ready for tomorrow's start @ Portsmouth

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race ready for tomorrow's start @ Portsmouth

The 14th Clipper Round the World Yacht race will start from a line off Southsea Castle in Portsmouth, at 1600 on September 3, 2023.

11 identical 70 foot yachts with 24 crew aboard each, featuring 63 different nationalities, will start from a line off Southsea Castle in Portsmouth - setting off for sail to Cadiz on route to Punta del Este in Uruguay, Leg 1  of a 40,000 mile circumnavigation of the world.


The Clipper Race is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other.

With no previous sailing experience necessary, before signing up for the intensive training programme, it’s a record-breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht. The next edition will be the Clipper 2023-24 Race and will begin in late summer 2023. The route is divided into eight legs and between 13 and 16 individual races including six ocean crossings. You can choose to complete the full circumnavigation or select one or multiple legs.

The brainchild of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world, the first Clipper Race took place in 1996. Since then, almost 6,000 Race Crew from all walks of life and more than 60 nations have trained and raced in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race; the only race in the world where the organisers supply a fleet of identical racing yachts (eleven), each with a fully qualified skipper and first mate to safely guide the crew. Crew complete four levels of intense ocean racer training before they compete.

Mother Nature does not distinguish between female and male, professional or novice. There is nowhere to hide - if Mother Nature throws down the gauntlet, you must be ready to face the same challenges as the pro racer. Navigate the Atlantic Tradewinds and Doldrums en route to South America, endure the epic Roaring Forties, experience Indian Ocean sunsets, face the mountainous seas of the mighty Pacific - and bond with an international crew creating lifelong memories before returning victorious.

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