Caught this view yesterday afternoon of 6 of the 12 Clipper Round the World racing yachts in a short parade before they left Seattle for Panama, their next stop.
Details of this race according to Wikipedia……
The 2015-16 edition of the race is currently underway, with the same matched fleet of twelve Clipper 70 yachts as took part in the 2013-14 Race. GREAT Britain, Derry-Londonderry-Doire and Qingdao return as sponsors, with other the sponsors announced during 2015 being (in order of announcement): ClipperTelemed+, Mission Performance, Unicef, IchorCoal, Garmin, Da Nang – Viet Nam, LMAX Exchange, PSP Logistics, and Visit Seattle.
The 2015-16 edition of the race set sail on Sunday 30 August 2015, once again from London’s St Katharine Docks, with the actual start of the first race taking place offshore at Southend at 1230 BST on Monday 31 August. The fleet will race to Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Albany, Sydney, Hobart, the Whitsunday Islands, Da Nang, Qingdao, Seattle, Panama, New York, Derry/Londonderry, and Den Helder, before finishing back in London.
On 18 March 2015, the skippers for the Clipper 15-16 Round the World Yacht Race were announced as follows:
Clipper 15–16 Skippers
Hull # Team Name Nationality Age
CV20 Garmin Ashley Skett British (Newquay) 31
CV21 IchorCoal Darren Ladd British (Somerset) 49
CV22 PSP Logistics Max Stunell British (Portsmouth) 34
CV23 Visit Seattle Huw Fernie British (Falmouth) 31
CV24 LMAX Exchange Olivier Cardin French (Saint Aubin sur Mer[disambiguation needed]) 45
CV25 Da Nang – Viet Nam Wendy Tuck Australian (Sydney) 50
CV26 ClipperTelemed+ Diane Reid Canadian 42
Matt Mitchell British 28
CV27 GREAT Britain Peter Thornton British (Gorran Haven) 36
CV28 Qingdao Igor Gotlibovych Ukrainian/German 27
Bob Beggs British 55
CV29 Derry-Londonderry-Doire Daniel Smith British (West Kilbride) 31
CV30 Unicef Jim Prendergast British (Sheffield/Gosport) 40
Paul Atwood British (Lancashire) 59
CV31 Mission Performance Greg Miller British (Gosport) 39
There have been two fatalities in the 20-year history of the Clipper race, both incidents taking place in 2015-2016 race, and on the same yacht.
At midnight on 5 September 2015 – day 7 of the first leg of the race – the fleet were off the coast of Portugal when Andrew Ashman a crew member aboard IchorCoal was knocked unconscious as he adjusted the mainsheet while reefing. Resuscitation attempts were not successful and he died.
During day 12 of the North Pacific leg, the crew of IchorCoal had just reefed her mainsail in 35-40 knots of wind. Crewmember Sarah Young (40) was tidying the ropes in the cockpit when she was knocked from her position by a wave which swept her backwards, under the guardrail and overboard. She had not been clipped on and was swept away in strong winds. The crew used the signal from her personal AIS transmitter to locate her in the water and then recovered her onboard, but were unable to resuscitate her after an hour in the water. Race organisers confirmed that Young would be buried at sea because of her boat’s current position, and the time it would take to reach landfall.
And this morning the first cruise ship of the season arrived!