Clipper Race to return to the River Mersey; Laura Hodgetts; Practical Boat Owner


UK – Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City

The 2017-18 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will start and finish from Albert Dock, Liverpool, it has been confirmed.

The return to the River Mersey marks the 10th anniversary of the event’s last partnership with the region.

This summer’s race start will take place on Sunday, 20 August and the fleet will return approximately 11 months later.

Yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-9 and founder of the Clipper Race, said: ‘We are thrilled to announce that the Clipper Race is returning to the historic city of Liverpool. A significant site for UK maritime history, I fondly remember the warm reception we received when Liverpool last hosted the Clipper Race and am looking forward to returning to Albert Dock again this August.

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