Fun facts about the Clipper Round The World Yacht race 2019-2020...
Updated: Dec 6, 2018
The Clipper Race is the world’s biggest round-the-world ocean race, and is also regarded as one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet. At 40,000 nautical miles long and taking almost a year to complete, it consists of eleven teams competing against each other on the world’s largest matched fleet of eleven 70-foot ocean racing yachts.
The Clipper 2019-20 Race will set sail in summer 2019 marking the event’s twelfth edition. It will return some eleven months later. Over 700 international crew are expected to take part in the 2019-20 edition. Crew can choose to take part in either the entire race or one or more of its eight legs. The overall route is split into a series of 13 races and points are awarded for each race. The team with the highest cumulative points at the end of the final race wins the series, and the Clipper Race trophy.
The Clipper Race was established in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-69. His aim was to allow anyone, regardless of previous sailing experience, the chance to embrace the thrill of ocean racing. 40 per cent of crew are novices and have never sailed before starting a comprehensive training programme ahead of their adventure. It is the only event of its kind for amateur sailors. This unique challenge brings together everyone from chief executives to taxi drivers, nurses and firemen, farmers, Olympians, airline pilots and students.
The Clipper Race Charity Partner for the 2019-20 and 2021-22 editions is UNICEF. To date crew, supporters and Clipper Race Partners have raised over £690,000 for the charity since the partnership began.
On the race:
▪ Each crew member will burn around 5,000 calories per day
▪ The biggest waves reported during the 2017-18 race were over 14m tall, officially classified as a phenomenal sea state, during Leg 6 across the North Pacific
▪ The highest wind speed recorded was 94 knots during Leg 6 on board Liverpool 2018, that’s 108mph.
▪ The crews completed a combined total of over half a million training miles before the 2017-18 race started.
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