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Madeira

August 11, 2011 Leave a comment

As ever technology proves to be a challenge..I tried to send a couple of blogs from my email account on the boat, but they seem to have disappeared in the ether….we had an interesting race down to Madeira…a good start, then dying winds south of the Isle of Wight.

We put our anchor down in deep water twice off the Channel Islands as the tide was taking us backwards.

The wind picked up as we rounded Ushant, and we had a hard slog on the wind down through Biscay, and got a bit of a smacking off Finisterre.  One of our crew members was injured as we took down one of the sails resulting in a detour to Vigo.

We resumed the race in improving weather, with a downwind run to Madeira, although our chosen track meant we got overtaken by Qingdao at the last minute.

Off to the crew prize giving shortly, and we have been asked to wear some rather odd hats in the presence of the President of Madeira.

Race start is tomorrow afternoon, which will be with plenty of wind to propel us south towards the equator, and what will be a very tactical race as we navigate the Doldrums.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Navy lends support to start of Clipper 11-12 Race

With one week to go until the cannon fires to signal the start of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, the first global event to set off from the Solent since 2004, organisers are thrilled to welcome the Royal Navy’s helicopter carrier, HMS Illustrious, which will attend the weekend’s festivities in Southampton, culminating in the race start on Sunday 31 July.

At 40,000 miles Clipper 11-12 is the world’s longest yacht race and almost 500 people from all walks of life and representing more than 40 nations will take part, putting their everyday lives on hold to take on the challenge of a lifetime. More than 40 per cent of them had no sailing experience before beginning their rigorous pre-race training.

Commanding Officer of HMS Illustrious, Captain Jerry Kydd, said, “HMS Illustrious is delighted to be in Southampton to support the start of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The Clipper Race stands for much of what the Royal Navy and Royal Marines hold dear: personal determination and fortitude, in dangerous and demanding conditions, where teamwork, resilience and a winning spirit overcome any challenge the crews may face on their adventure. On behalf of the officers and crew of HMS Illustrious, I wish all yachts and their crews the very best of luck for a safe and fast circumnavigation and a cracking race!”

Founder and Chairman of the Clipper Race, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo and non-stop around the world, said, “The Clipper Race has always had a very strong relationship with the Royal Navy and I am very pleased to welcome HMS Illustrious for the start of Clipper 11-12. She is part of the large maritime community of the south coast and I am very keen that as many members of that community as possible are able to enjoy this event which promises to be a quite spectacular sight.”

Many boat owners and sailing enthusiasts will be joining the flotilla of spectator boats to watch the parade of sail in Southampton Water from 2.30pm – where the ten ocean racing yachts will sail in formation ahead of HMS Illustrious – before the race begins at 4.30pm from the historic Royal Yacht Squadron line.

HMS Illustrious will arrive in Southampton on Saturday 30 July and will be berthed at the QE2 Terminal. A raft of free, family friendly entertainment is taking place over the weekend in Ocean Village where the ten 68-foot yachts contesting Clipper 11-12 will be based. Live music will include sets by Southampton groups, Delays and Parade, as well as Toploader, who will headline on Friday night. As well as the live music on stage other entertainment in the Race Village will feature African dancers, acrobats, drummers and fire eaters plus a spectacular fireworks display on Saturday night.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to visit the race village between Thursday 28 July when the yachts arrive and Sunday 31 July when the teams will say an emotional farewell before setting off on their 12-month circumnavigation. The course will take them to 15 ports on six continents and across the largest and most ferocious expanses of water on the planet. Each of the colourful yachts bears the name of the city, region, country or company it represents.

Southampton City Council and MDL Marinas, owner of Ocean Village Marina where the yachts will be berthed, are working in partnership to host the Clipper 11-12 race start, the eighth edition of the event established by Sir Robin to give people from all walks of life the opportunity to take part in the life-changing experience of ocean racing.

As the official host port for the race start Southampton can expect a significant economic return from the tens of thousands of visitors expected to visit the city over the four days the fleet will be in Southampton, delivering millions of pounds worth of revenue for local businesses.

Musical flavour for all ages at Clipper Race in Southampton

Headline bands will be rocking the city for the kickoff weekend of the world’s longest yacht boat race, which departs from the Southampton on July 31.

Big names such as Toploader, Delays and Parade are entertaining during the free Clipper Race weekend held in Ocean Village in Southampton July 28-31.

With less than three weeks to go until the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race departs from Southampton, some exciting headline bands have been announced, as part of the entertainment schedule providing residents will four days’ free entertainment.

Local Southampton indie group Delays are performing Saturday (July 30) of the Clipper weekend arranged by Southampton City Council, MDL Marinas and Clipper Ventures. Delays have released four critically acclaimed albums to date, the first three of which made the Top 30 in the UK Album Chart.

Other headline bands include Toploader who feature on Friday evening (July 29). The mega success band from the 90s and 00s, known for hits such as “Dancing in the Moonlight”, reunited this year and front man, Joe Washbourn, has recently featured on this year’s “Popstar to Operastar” programme.

One of the hottest teen idol bands, Parade, will also be performing. The five-piece girl band last year toured with Shakira and debut single “Louder” was in the top 10 of the UK singles chart.

Councillor John Hannides, Cabinet Member for Resources, Leisure and Culture at Southampton City Council said:

“I’m delighted that the Clipper Race is starting in Southampton and it is set to be an entertaining weekend for residents and visitors of all ages.

“We want residents to get involved to make this a really special weekend for the many courageous sailor set to commence their round the world race.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase all that Southampton has to offer to an international audience and the event will attract tens of thousands of people of all nationalities to Southampton, generating millions of pounds for the local economy.

“I hope residents will join in on the celebrations and help see all the crews off in style.”

The 10 yachts depart from Southampton on Sunday July 31 on their 40,000 mile race, which is set to last for 12 months.

Wave105 are entertainment partners for the event in collaboration with Red Zone Music. See the full schedule for entertainment below:

Entertainment Schedule – Ocean Village – 28th – 31st July 2011

Thursday 28th July – 4pm-8pm
4pm-5.30pm Jazz Band – Old Thumper Dixie 5
5.15pm-6pm Boats Arrive (commentary)
6pm-7.00pm Keep stage free for boats arrivals
7pm-8pm Vox Pops Choir

 

 

Friday 29th July – 4pm-10pm
4pm-5.00pm Hold of Derry
5.30pm-6.30pm LIVE TV  (swing band Chris Walker Swingtet in the background)
7pm – 7.30pm ‘til Dusk
8pm-9pm Rufus Stone
9pm-10pm Toploader

 

 

Saturday 30th July – 11am-10pm

 

11am-2pm Street Vibes – Street dance (to include BGT acts)
2.30pm-3.30pm Vox Pops Choir
4pm-4.45pm Neko Roshi
5.15pm-6.15pm It Must Be Madness
6.45-7.30pm Parade
8.00 – 8.30pm GWEIDO (IOW)
9pm – 10.00pm Delays

 

 

Sunday 31 July – 10am-5pm
10.00-10.30 Hold for Derry
11am-12pm Ukulele Band
12pm-2pm Boat teams on stage
2pm-2.30pm To be confirmed
3pm-4pm Caribbean Lights (TBC)
4pm-4.30pm Commentary – race starts
4.30pm-5pm JUNK

 

Other Race Village Entertainment

Friday 29 July

6.00pm-10.00pm African dancers / acrobats / drummers / fire eater

Saturday 30 July

11.00am-11.30pm The Amazing Guy – Circus skills
12.00pm-12.30pm The Amazing Guy – Circus skills
1.00pm-1.30pm Circo Rum ba ba – Pirate ship
1.30pm-2.00pm The Amazing Guy – Circus skills
2.00pm-2.30pm Circo Rum ba ba – Pirate ship
2.30pm-3.00pm The Amazing Guy – Circus skills
3.00pm-3.30pm Circo Rum ba ba – Pirate ship
3.30pm-4.00pm The Amazing Guy – Circus skills
7.00pm-10.00pm Ember & Nigel – stilt walkers, fire eating, glow juggling

Sunday 31 July

11.00am-2.00pm Facepainting
11.00am-11.30pm The Amazing Guy – Circus skills
12.00pm-12.30pm The Amazing Guy – Circus skills
1.00pm-1.30pm The Amazing Guy – Circus skills
2.00pm-2.30pm The Amazing Guy – Circus skills
2.30pm-2.45pm Dahl Drumming
3.00pm-3.30pm The Amazing Guy – Circus skills
3.15pm-3.30pm Dahl Drumming
3.45pm-4.00pm Dahl Drumming

Rio‘s Marina da Gloria to host Clipper fleet


After experiencing the emotions of saying goodbye to loved ones, untying lines at the start of this 40,000-mile challenge, the fleet will race away from the UK on 31 July with thousands of spectators cheering them on their way. It will be a baptism of fire as the teams navigate their way through the world’s busiest shipping lanes of the English Channel and then head down through the notorious Bay of Biscay to the beautiful island of Madeira.


Following a few days in the European port and an opportunity to make sure the boats are in top condition it’s time for the crews’ first major ocean crossing – the Atlantic.

As the teams depart Madeira the weather will become warmer as they seek the trade winds to take them south towards the Equator. Whilst the trade winds will deliver the boats southwards in a speedy fashion the dreaded Doldrums will soon be upon them with their fickle wind holes and sudden squalls which will test crew patience to the full. The breeze will eventually return but there will be counter currents for the boats to avoid before Brazil appears on the horizon.

Heading into Guanabara Bay the crews will be greeted by the sight of Sugarloaf Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) looming high over the city. A week long Brazilian stopover awaits and the fleet will be berthed at Marina da Gloria, the same marina which will play host to the sailing competition of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. It is not the first time the Clipper fleet has been hosted by a future Olympic sailing venue, in Clipper 05-06 the fleet sailed into Qingdao for the first time and became the first major sailing event to visit the Olympic Sailing Centre ahead of the 2008 Beijing Games.

After cleaning their boats and performing essential maintenance, the crews will have time to explore everything the exciting and vibrant Brazilian city has to offer, from sunbathing on Copacabana or Ipanema beaches to taking the small train up to Corcovado Hill to visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer.

I would like to raise a £1,000 for Sail 4 Cancer – please donate

A request to donate to my charity Sail 4 Cancer. I am fundraising for Sail 4 Cancer in the lead up to and during the Clipper Round the World Race. For details of my adventure and a link to the charity page please visit my website www.iangeraghty.co.uk. Sail 4 Cancer is an organisation that aims to improve the quality of life for individuals and their families who have been affected by cancer. The charity offers a variety of sailing experiences for individuals and their families affected by cancer, the recently bereaved and carers thereby giving them the opportunity to switch off from the realities of everyday life.

One month to Southampton start of world’s longest ocean race

The start of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race from Southampton is just one month away. Celebrations to mark the start of the 40,000-mile race around the globe will take place all weekend in Ocean Village, beginning with the arrival of the ten 68-foot yachts on the afternoon of Thursday 28 July and culminating in their departure and parade of sail in Southampton Water on Sunday 31 July.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to visit Southampton over the weekend for the colourful, atmospheric and emotional spectacle. As well as the ten yachts, each named after a city, region or country around the world, the event will include live music, stalls and entertainment and the line up on the main stage will be announced in the coming weeks.

There will be a raft of free, family-friendly entertainment in the race village while the yachts and their crews, ‘people like you’ drawn from all walks of life and representing more than 40 nationalities, make their final preparations before they say goodbye to their loved ones and set sail on the 12-month challenge – the sailing equivalent of climbing Mount Everest.

For the large south coast sailing community the event offers the chance to be a part of the first round the world yacht race to start from the iconic sailing grounds of the Solent since 2004.

The Clipper Race organisers are keen to make the event one that everyone can be a part of and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, founder and Chairman of the Clipper Race and the first man to sail solo and non-stop around the world, says, “I am personally very keen to ensure as many local boat owners, crew and general boating enthusiasts as possible have the opportunity to enjoy this event.”

Many are expected to turn out to join the small boat flotilla escorting the race yachts as they pass in formation down Southampton Water and cross the historic Royal Yacht Squadron line at the start of their epic journey around the world.

To register their intention to take part in the flotilla or to get involved in an official capacity on the water, boat owners can emailracestartflotilla@clipper-ventures.com.

Those who don’t have access to their own vessel can still get up close to the action on one of the larger spectator boats including those operated by Red Funnel. Full details of spectator boats and how to book places can be found by clicking here.

On Sunday 31 July the teams will take to the stage from noon for the departure ceremony, which will be followed by a fleet blessing before the yachts begin to slip their moorings and head out of Ocean Village at 1.30pm.

The parade of sail will begin at 2.30pm just off Mayflower Park and the ten yachts, battle colours flying, will sail in formation down Southampton Water towards the start line.

The race itself will start at 4.30pm from the Royal Yacht Squadron start line in Cowes and the yachts will head out of the Solent eastwards towards the forts.

Southampton City Council and MDL Marinas, owner of Ocean Village Marina where the yachts will be berthed, are working in partnership to host the Clipper 11-12 race start, the eighth edition of the event established by Sir Robin to give people from all walks of life the opportunity to take part in the life-changing experience of ocean racing.

As the official host port for the race start Southampton can expect a significant economic return from the tens of thousands of visitors expected to visit the city over the four days the fleet will be in Southampton, generating millions of pounds worth of revenue into the local economy.

Local businesses will also be briefed on international trade opportunities alongside the race and benefit from networking events with the international sponsors and business partners visiting Southampton for the start of Clipper 11-12.