Bon voyage as Clipper sets sail
THE crew of the Derry
yacht departed Southampton yesterday on the first
leg of the 40,000-mile Clipper Round the World Race
The Port and Harbour Commissioners are wished bon
voyage to the crew including several sailors from
Harbour master, Bill McCann from Shroove,
Greencastle said: “We know this is a huge challenge
for them all but they have had superb training from
the Clipper team and we are confident that they are
up to the challenge."
People in Inishowen got the first
glimpse of the Derry-Londonderry Round the World
Clipper yacht when it sailed up Lough Foyle
back in May 2011.
Roy Devine, who will join the race in New York for
the final leg, paid particular tribut to the 10 crew
members making the entire round the world trip.
“It is a huge undertaking and I really respect them
for it. I also send best wishes to the whole crew
and hope they race well and race safely.”
The Derry~Londonderry yacht will take 11 months to
cross 15 seas and oceans before completing its
arduous journey. The eight-leg race, which stops
over at Derry in the final leg, is made up of 15
individual races. Boats score points mainly for how
they perform in each of these races (10 points for
first, 1 for last etc). The coveted Clipper Trophy
will go to the yacht with the highest total at the
finish line in July 2012.