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.”

Portsmouth News 7th May

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo and non-stop around the
world, can never be accused of leading a boring existence. His philosophy is
simple.
‘You’ve only got one life, so why not paint it in bright colours?’ he says.
‘Don’t use pastel shades. Make the most of it – get out there, throw
yourselves into it!’
He’s talking about the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, an event he
founded that gives people from all walks of life the chance to sign up to race
40,000 miles around the world.
More than 360 adventurers travelled
from across the globe to
Southampton last weekend to
discover which of the 10 teams
competing in the race they will
represent.
Three-quarters of the 489 men and
women who will be taking part in
this gruelling challenge of a lifetime
came together to meet their skippers
and new team-mates, travelling from as far afield as Singapore, Australia, New
York and Chile.
The crews come from backgrounds as varied as marketing executives, nurses,
bankers, carpenters, IT specialists, engineers and chief executives,
representing more than 40 nationalities. Almost half of them had never sailed
before embarking on their training for the world’s longest ocean race.
Last Saturday the reality of their participation in the race truly begins to kick
in; with a skipper in place, team strategies start to take shape, roles are
assigned to the crew and, with not long to the race start on July 31, the
countdown is on.
The race, organised by a team based in Gosport, will be contested by 10
identical stripped-down 68-foot racing yachts, each sponsored by a city,
region or country. Already confirmed for Clipper 11-12 are the Keppel
Corporation-sponsored Singapore and, representing China’s Olympic sailing
city, Qingdao, both entering the race for the fourth time.
Returning for a second time is Visit Finland, backed by the Finnish Tourist
Board. And making their debut in the race are Derry-Londonderry, celebrating
their status as UK City of Culture 2013, and De Lage Landen, sponsored by the
global provider of asset-based financing programmes of the same name and
which will race under the Dutch flag. The names of the remaining five yachts
will be revealed in the coming weeks.
This will be the eighth time that Sir Robin’s teams of amateur sailors will
circumnavigate the planet, taking the number of people who have taken part
to almost 3,000. He wanted to make ocean racing available to everyone,
regardless of nationality or background.
This year’s crews will put themselves in the expert hands of 10 professional
skippers entrusted with getting their yachts around the world and safely
home.
Sir Robin says: ‘Leading a team in a race around the world is one of the
hardest and most challenging jobs that any skipper could ever undertake and
we’re confident our 10 skippers are up to this challenge.
‘They have all been through a lengthy and rigorous selection process and we
have chosen a group of exceptional individuals as our race skippers.
‘They have the ability to draw the line between competitiveness and safety
while, at the same time, motivating the crew to retain their focus during races
lasting several weeks at a time, whether it be through roaring gales and
towering seas or the frustration of tricky calm spells.’
One of the crew members is Darren Hicks from Portsmouth. The 29-year-old
technical account manager is doing legs seven and eight of the global voyage.
Darren says: ‘I have always been passionate about the sea and really want to
challenge myself with something life-changing. How could I not?’
So what is he most looking forward to?
‘There’s not much that I’m not looking forward to, but I think flying halfway
round the world and sailing back is pretty immense. Also I’m looking forward
to building some great new friendships.’
But Darren knows it’s going to be a massive test.
‘The hardest part of the trip will be getting used to life on board. Initially it will
be a steep learning curse with close quarters, 24-hour racing, adapting sleep
patterns etc. But that is also a big part of the challenge I’m looking for.’
Another man who has signed up for the adventure is Ian Geraghty. The 52-
year-old event manager from Southsea is doing the complete voyage and
says: ‘I’m doing this to fulfill a lifetime ambition to circumnavigate the
planet.’
He adds: ‘I’m looking forward to the competitive element, the physical and
mental challenge, plus the excitement of visiting new places and meeting new
people.’
Ian thinks the hardest part of the trip will be working ‘effectively and
competitively’ 24 hours a day as a team and team member.

Madeira secures a place on the race track

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Madeira has secured a visit by the ten-
strong fleet competing in the Clipper 11-12
Round the World Yacht Race which, at
40,000 miles, is the world’s longest race.
Quinta do Lorde Marina on the Portuguese
archipelago will be the first port of call after
the stripped out, ocean racing yachts depart
the south coast of England on 31 July. The
fleet is expected to arrive in Madeira
between 8 and 10 August this year.
Mr Ricardo Sousa, CEO of Quinta do Lorde
Marina, says, “The choice of Quinta do Lorde
Marina for this stopover is the recognition of our
capacity to host great racing events and the
quality support service we provide to them. We
look forward to receiving the Clipper fleet and
crew and will ensure their visit to Madeira Island
is memorable.”
Madeira’s Tourism Secretary, Mrs Conceição
Estudante, says, “It is with great honour and
pleasure that Madeira was chosen to be the first
stopover of the international Clipper 11-12
Round the World Yacht Race.
“The International projection obtained through
this event is essential to promote our credentials
to the yachting world. In fact, the visit of this
great event is an opportunity to promote and to
push nautical tourism and its potential on the
island.
“At the moment Madeira offers excellent
conditions to such great events like the Clipper
Race, with three modern marinas on Madeira’s
south coast, professional support services and
the beautiful Island of Porto Santo, whose
quality has been recognized internationally.”
The 68-foot Clipper yachts, each of which is
sponsored by a city, region, country or company
around the world, will be berthed at Quinta do
Lorde Marina, located on the southeast point of
Madeira Island. Quinta do Lorde Marina is
located in Ponta de São Lourenço, a
mesmerising peninsula known for its stunning
sea views and natural beauty. Inspired by the
island’s traditional architecture, the unique
resort, which is scheduled to be completed in
spring 2012, will resemble a picturesque coastal
village and includes a wide range of modern
facilities to ensure utmost comfort and
relaxation for visitors to the stopover.
As the only event of its kind that is crewed by
people from all walks of life – more than 500
crew will be taking part in Clipper 11-12 of
whom nearly 40 percent have never sailed
before signing up. A 32-day comprehensive
training programme ensures they are equipped
with all the skills required to compete in this
challenging event but their first week, putting
them into practice for real, will test them to the
full. The beautiful islands of Madeira which are
renowned for their stunning scenery as well as
providing a warm welcome and a peaceful
setting will therefore be a welcome sight to the
tired crews in which they can recoup before
their first ocean crossing of the race.
The race was established 15 years ago by Sir
Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo
and non-stop around the world, in order to give
ordinary people the chance to do something
truly extraordinary. More people have climbed
Everest than have raced around the world under
sail.
Sir Robin says, “The Clipper fleet first visited
Madeira during the inaugural Clipper Round the
World Yacht Race back in 1996. At that time they
offered the crews a stopover to remember and
I’m sure this time round it will be no exception.
Our event offers host ports the chance to
showcase their facilities to an international
audience of more than half a billion people. In
addition to this, the spend generated by the
crews and their visiting friends and families
delivers a significant economic impact for the
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International teams unveiled for Clipper 11-12 Race

More than 360 adventurers travelled from all over the globe to Southampton on Saturday 30 April to discover which of the ten teams competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race they will represent. Three-quarters of the 489 men and women who will be taking part in this gruelling challenge of a lifetime came together to meet their skippers and new team mates, travelling from as far afield as Singapore, Queensland in Australia, Scotland, Finland, New York and Chile to the event at the De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel.

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the only global competition where people from all walks of life can step out of their comfort zones and sign up to race 40,000 miles around the world. They come from backgrounds as varied as marketing executives, nurses, bankers, carpenters, IT specialists, engineers and chief executives who represent more than 40 nationalities. Almost half of them have never sailed before embarking on their training for the world’s longest ocean race.

The Crew Allocation event is much-anticipated among those who have signed up to take part in this race around the globe. This is where the reality of their participation in the race truly begins to kick in; with a skipper in place, team strategies start to take shape, roles are assigned to the crew and, with 92 days to go until the race start, the countdown is on.

The race is contested by ten identical stripped down 68-foot racing yachts, each sponsored by a city, region or country. Already confirmed for Clipper 11-12 are the Keppel Corporation sponsored Singapore and, representing China’s Olympic sailing city, Qingdao, both entering the race for the fourth time. Returning for a second time is Visit Finland, backed by the Finnish Tourist Board. And making their debut in the race are Derry-Londonderry, celebrating their status as UK City of Culture 2013, and De Lage Landen, sponsored by the global provider of asset-based financing programmes of the same name and which will race under the Dutch flag. The names of the remaining five yachts will be revealed in the coming weeks ahead of the start of the race on 31 July 2011.

The Clipper Race was founded by sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo and non-stop around the world, and this will be the eighth time his teams of amateur sailors will circumnavigate the planet, taking the number of people who have taken part to almost 3,000.

Addressing the massed crews Sir Robin said, “It’s a big day for you today because you’re going to find out who you’re going to share your life with for the next year. And it’s not just sharing your life, it’s sharing an adventure. Your lives are going to be dependent on your fellow crew members. Today you’ll know what team you’re going to be in and these are the people you have to live with and work with for the next year. These are the people you have to trust. It’s the team that will be all important in this race.

“Also know that you’ve only got one life so why not paint it in bright colours? Don’t use pastel shades. Make the most of it – get out there, throw yourselves into it! You will come away from this with friends for life.”

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

This month so far

April 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Well a crazy last few weeks.  Complete contrast of two weeks sailing on the Challenge 72 yachts owned by the Tall Ships Youth Trust, followed by a rather hectic few days attempting to get my house sold as part of my preparation for the Clipper race start.

I sailed as Mate on Challenger One, two one week voyages with Skipper Mat Booth (what a shame Mat is not part of the Clipper adventure).  Both were fantastic trips, the first a mixture of young and old crew from a project sponsored by Portsmouth City Council, and the second a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential voyage for a crew of 17 and 18 year olds from Liverpool.

What bodes well for my experience to come is how a bunch of complete novice sailors can bond together very quickly as a crew when provided with the right leadership and guidance.

Even more that is was so much fun for all.  My hat goes off the to ‘Scousers’…a great bunch of young people…I will never forget the dedication in the galley..puke bucket employed..carry on cooking!

We had some great sailing conditions, and what fantastic boats the Challenge yachts are..on a night passage back from Dieppe, on the wind and fully powered up, the boat was so perfectly balanced it sailed itself.  Yet to experience that sweet spot with a Clipper boat, but they are not designed for the same type of conditions.

Glad when the back end of the month is over..hopefully house sold, and a new chapter begins!

Introducing: Olly Osborne

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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.”

Introducing: Juan Coetzer

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During the second of our detailed looks at the each of the elite skippers selected for the Clipper Round the World Race, we focus our attention on South African yachtsman, Juan Coetzer, who will realise lifelong a dream by leading a team around the world during the Clipper 11-12 Race.

“To be selected as a Clipper Race skipper is wonderful news. A South African friend of mine, Craig Millar, was a skipper in the Clipper 05-06 Race and he knew of my passion to do this and suggested I came over to the UK and give it a try.”

Juan started sailing as a child and was introduced to the sport by his father who took him out on the family’s Halcat catamaran when he was just eight years old.

“We travelled round the country pleasure sailing for many years. One day we joined a local sailing club and I met a skipper there who got me into the racing side of sailing. On our first weekend of racing we came second and from that point onwards I was hooked.

“After racing lots and winning several regattas I took over my father’s boat with my younger brother, Donavan, and we did really well racing together – we even had the opportunity to go to the world championships in Germany which was great.”

It was an easy decision for Juan to make sailing his full time career and as soon as he found out about the Clipper Race he moved to the UK and started working at Clipper’s HQ, first as a training mate and then as a training skipper in order to get the experience he would need to lead a team of sailing novices around the world. His sail training experience coupled with his racing background will make him a force to be reckoned with.

Followers of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race can look forward to some exciting and exhilarating racing when the event gets underway this August. During the 40,000-mile race the fleet will stop at 15 ports around the world before arriving back in the UK in July 2012. Cape Town will play host to the ten strong fleet in October.

“I’m really looking forward to the race from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town,” says Juan, who has lived and worked in the city.

“Especially the final approach into the bay with Table Mountain visible in the distance. There will be lots of my friends and family there to welcome us in and it will also be great to see some of the boats I used to work on.

“The crews can expect a fantastic stopover there,” he adds. “The people are extremely friendly, the food is great with wonderful steaks and great wine and the city has a really good vibe to it.”

The search is already underway for suitably qualified men and women to follow in the footsteps of these ten skippers in the next edition of the race which will start in 2013 and will be raced on the brand new fleet of 70-foot yachts that have been specially commissioned.

Introducing: Ben Bowley – 11 April 2011

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Ben will skipper Singapore during the Clipper 11-12 Race

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is like no other challenge; it allows people from all walks of life, no matter the level of their sailing experience, the chance to take part in the world’s longest yacht race. Today sees the first of our in depth looks at the newly revealed skippers who will lead the diverse mixture of crew members around the world. First up: skipper of Singapore, Ben Bowley.British sailor, Ben, will skipper Singapore for their fourth entry in the Clipper Race and he is thrilled to have been selected.

“I’m very excited about the challenge ahead and delighted to have been chosen to skipper Singapore. I’m really looking forward to finding out who’s in the crew at the end of this month and starting to build a winning campaign. I am also looking forward to racing into Singapore next February – it’s a fantastic, vibrant city.”

Ben will take charge of the yacht which is again sponsored by Singapore multi-national conglomerate, Keppel Corporation. The race has helped to promote Keppel Bay as Singapore’s premier waterfront lifestyle destination where the Marina at Keppel Bay will play host to the Clipper 11-12 fleet in February 2012.

At 27, Ben is the youngest of the ten international skippers to have been selected for the eighth edition of the race, but his competitive nature should not be underestimated as he boasts a wealth of big boat ocean racing and race coaching experience.

“I feel that my whole sailing career has been leading up to this moment. I am now competent and confident of undertaking such a huge challenge, not just in terms of the physical sailing of the race but of leading an amateur crew,” explains Ben, who has never been far from the water.

“My father was a keen dinghy sailor and I started sailing with him as soon as my mother would allow! At 18 I realised I could make a career of something I am passionate about and have not looked back since.”

Ben is no stranger to challenging racing conditions as he has already competed in some of the most demanding races, including the renowned Fastnet Race. He has been a technical advisor to a BBC documentary about the disastrous 1979 edition of the event and in 2007 was one of just 20 per cent of the entries that finished the race. It is still one of his favourite sailing experiences – but that may soon change.

“One of my greatest ambitions is to take a yacht around the globe, driven hard and fast simply by the forces of nature.

“The day to day challenges of the race serve to prove that with enough determination, hard work and good humour anything is attainable,” continues Ben, who is already looking forward to Leg 3 of the race.

“The Southern Ocean fills me with a huge sense of excitement!

“I can’t wait to get my boat and crew down into what I have heard described as the most beautiful sea-scape in the world and start the downwind sleigh ride to Australia.”