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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.

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Ian Takes on the World

On 31st July this year Ian Geraghty will commence achieving the ambition of a lifetime – he will race around the world in a sailing boat. Ian explains in his own words what this amazing challenge will entail:

“When the starting gun goes off for the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race in July 2011 the fleet of ten sleek, stripped down 68-foot yachts will embark on a full circumnavigation of the globe. The racetrack is 40,000 miles long and it will take eleven months to complete the circumnavigation. The race is divided in to a series of eight legs and crews can decide how many of these to compete in. (Ian will compete in all eight.) There are 15 individual races in total contained within the eight legs and (just like in Formula One) points are awarded at the end of each race, building towards a championship total. This means that you can put a poor result behind you and head to the start of the next race with the possibility of gaining maximum points as you lead the field in.

Ian Geraghty

The crew members of each yacht will be pitting themselves against all the elements have to throw at us. It will be a mixture of long, tactical ocean races lasting many weeks, where endurance is tested to the limit and short, technical sprints. Weather will range from virtually flat calms to raging seas and storm force winds, enough to test the mettle of even the bravest of us.

I want to make this journey count, not just for me but for other people too, so I’m raising funds for Sail 4 Cancer. I hope you’ll join with me in supporting them.”

Take a look at Ian’s own website and his blog and sponsor him via this link http://www.sail4cancer.org/IanGeraghtyClipperWorld