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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

Please donate to a great cause, Sail 4 Cancer, via my website www.iangeraghty.co.uk

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.

Southampton to host start of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race  

The Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race will start from the historic maritime city of Southampton on the south coast of England on Sunday 31 July 2011.
At 40,000 miles the event is the world’s longest sailing race and will take the ten identical 68-foot ocean racing yachts almost a year to complete their circumnavigation of the globe.

Taking on the elements

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that
you didn’t do than by the ones you did,” Clipper Race Chairman and
Founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo non-stop
around the world, quotes Mark Twain as another fleet of intrepid
adventurers get ready to start the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht
Race.
Round the world crew member, Ben Goodall will be amongst the crew taking on
the planet’s most extreme sailing conditions during the eighth edition of the
world’s longest yacht race.
“I’m looking forward to the whole thing!” exclaims the Clinical Psychologist, who
will log 40,000 miles over the course of his circumnavigation.
“I’ve said to people during training when they’ve asked ‘why are you doing it?’ I
said ‘well growing up there were so many oceans I wanted to experience: the
Pacific, the Southern Ocean; and of course you’ve got the various ports we race
into, that was that decision made.’”
It wasn’t until Crew Allocation that Ben discovered he was a De Lage Landen
crew member and would be racing on board the first ever Dutch entry in the
Clipper Race.
“Crew Allocation was a really good day, really exciting and very well organised
and it was very nice to meet all the crew,” reveals the 30-year-old soon after
completing his Level 1 training course.
“The whole of the training was a fantastic experience and a really good bonding
experience with everybody. We had an excellent skipper and first mate in
Brendan and Vicky and during the week I learnt an awful lot.”
Ben’s Clipper adventure will stretch over eleven months as he races across the
world’s greatest oceans, visiting 13 countries on six continents and forcing his
friends and family to become fixated with all things race viewer related.
“Some of my friends and family think I’m mad and some of them think I’m very,
very brave but everyone has been very supportive and they think it’s brilliant.
“They love the idea of Clipper and they’ve all been watching Against the Tide and
checking the website for news so it’s all very exciting.”

Sponsor Ian’s race across the world for Catch 22

April 21, 2011 Leave a comment
Ian Geraghty is embarking on a round-the-world challenge in a bid to raise £10,000 for vulnerable young people. The countdown has already begun for the Clipper 2011/12 Round the World Race. The race begins in August this year with ten yachts and their teams setting sail from the UK to cross the Atlantic Ocean, the southern ocean, Java and south China seas and the mighty Pacific. The race track is 40,000 miles long and it will take eleven months to complete. Former Royal Navy Officer, Ian Geraghty hopes to raise £10,000 for Catch22 after meeting vulnerable young people at our South East Training Centre in Hampshire. Support workers at Catch22’s South East Training Centre help with basic literacy and numeracy skills and our programmes help young people to make a positive start into further education, training or apprenticeships. The clock is ticking! So if you would like to donate to Ian Geraghty’s venture around the world, please visit www.iangeraghty.co.uk To find out more about the Clipper Race and to follow Ian as he circumnavigates the globe, please visitwww.clipperroundtheworld.com

Introducing: Olly Osborne

April 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Introducing: Olly Osborne

Olly Osborne, Clipper 11-12 Race skipperOlly Osborne is amongst the ten-strong group of intrepid skippers selected for Clipper 11-12

The role of a skipper of one of the yachts in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is a challenge unlike any other. Charged with leading a team consisting of people from diverse cultures and backgrounds in the race around the world, the position requires excellent management skills as well as a vast understanding of some of the globe’s most extreme conditions. South coast sailor, Olly Osborne, is amongst the ten-strong group of intrepid skippers selected for Clipper 11-12.

Olly, 30, from Chichester, is among the line-up of international sailors who have been appointed to the prestigious and challenging position following a rigorous selection process.

Commenting on his selection Olly says, “I couldn’t believe it to begin with, it’s a massive opportunity so I was absolutely delighted.”

Each of the skippers will take charge of one of ten stripped down, 68-foot racing yachts which are preparing to compete in the 40,000-mile challenge, the only global ocean race open to everyone, regardless of background and sailing ability, and the longest in the world.

Olly has been involved with the training of Clipper crew members for the previous two editions of the race and decided that the time was right to throw his hat into the ring and apply for the position of race skipper.

He says, “After watching the boats leave for the last two races I’m ready to take my place as one of the race skippers and lead my crew through an experience none of us will ever forget. I know it’s going to be tough, I expect it to be and I know there will also be so many amazing highs.

“I’m looking forward to completing the first leg and reaching Rio. I think it will be a big confidence booster for everyone as we will have seen the team tested and built into a confident race crew.”

His participation in Clipper 11-12 marks his fifth year of involvement with the Clipper Race, joining the training team after previously working at the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and with disadvantaged young people through The Cirdan Sailing Trust.

Introduced to sailing by his father at a young age, Olly admits a constant affinity with the sea and still holds many happy memories of childhood adventures in small wooden sail boats. His preparations for the race and for his crew, who will be announced on April 30, are already in full flow – as are his plans for his wedding this June.

Planning for the round the world campaign has also seen Olly seek the advice of former race skippers, all of whom have reiterated the extreme level of challenge ahead.

“I think the most demanding part of the job will be keeping everyone excited and focused even when things aren’t going our way and dealing with frayed tempers and frustration when times are tough. We will all have to dig deep to pull through as a team.”