Created: 14 Nov 2012 14:31
Updated: 14 Nov 2012 14:32
The first of the Clipper Race's fleet of twelve 70 foot ocean racing yachts arri

The first of the Clipper Race's new fleet of twelve 70-foot ocean racing yachts has arrived in Gosport to undergo its final fit out, marking the start of a new era for the race.Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, founder and Chairman of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and also the LSC Club president, said: “This is a very exciting time for the Clipper Race. We are pleased to have taken delivery of the first boat and looking forward to completing our company trials in home waters.”Clipper Ventures commissioned highly respected Hamble-based naval architect Tony Castro to design the new fleet, which features the third generation of Clipper Race yachts, replacing the earlier generation 68-foot yachts which will continue to be used for training.The twelve new yachts will create the world’s biggest matched fleet of large ocean racing yachts.The Clipper Round the World Yacht race is the longest at 40,000 miles. The ninth edition of the unique biennial event starts in summer 2013 and will take almost a year to complete. It is the only race to train amateurs to cross some of the world’s most challenging oceans.Clipper Race Logistics Partner PSP transported the first Clipper 70 from China and the second is already en route. Each was loaded onto a vessel in Qingdao and transferred by sea to Felixstowe in Suffolk, where the mast and rigging was fitted locally before the yachts left for Clipper Race HQ in Gosport.

The Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race will start in summer (UK) 2013 and return almost a year later after completing the 40,000 miles route, making it the world’s longest ocean race. The event was established by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to give everyone, regardless of sailing experience, the opportunity to discover the exhilaration of ocean racing. 650 people representing more than 40 nations will compete in the Clipper 13-14 Race on twelve brand new 70-foot yachts designed by renowned naval architect Tony Castro. It’s the largest race ever. Crew members can sign up for the whole circumnavigation or one or more of eight legs. The only qualification for the race is the minimum age of 18 (there is no upper age limit) plus a thirst for adventure. The overall race is divided into individual stages and points are accumulated in a Formula 1-style scoring system. The yacht with the highest total points at the finish wins the Clipper Trophy.