After an epic 40,000 miles of ocean racing, the twelve teams competing in the world’s longest ocean race, including over 250 international crew members, will return to St Katharine Docks to a spectacular hero’s welcome.
Emotions will be running high as tens of thousands of Londoners, friends, family and race fans line the banks of the River Thames to welcome home the tenth edition Clipper 2015-16 Race crew back after completing one of the toughest endurance events on the planet.
The fleet will arrive at the iconic Tower Bridge at 09:45 and perform a parade of sail between 10:00-10:30am, with the twelve 70-foot state-of-the-art racing yachts parading up the River Thames to the Tower into St Katharine Docks -central London's only marina.
Entry is free to the popular St Katharine Docks Race Village, which will feature a big screen, live music, drummers, dancers and international cuisine, pyrotechnics and official spectator boats - all of which is sure to get the capital into the spirit of adventure.
SATURDAY 30 JULY, 11AM - 6PM
LONDON, ST KATHARINE DOCKS
FREE FAMILY EVENT
The fleet will finish the race off Southend Pier, Southend that morning between 000 and 0400.
07:19 - Fleet arrives at the QE2 Bridge at Dartford
08.48 - Thames Barrier
09.01 - Fleet passes the Millennium Dome
09.12 - Fleet passes Greenwich Observatory
09.30 - Fleet passes Canary Wharf Pier
09.45 - Fleet Arrives at Tower Bridge
10.40 - Fleet enters St Katharine Docks after a parade of sail under Tower Bridge
Monday 1 August - Sunday 7 August
Come join us for the opportunity to get on board the Unicef Clipper 70-foot ocean racer that has crossed over 40,000 miles of ocean. Find out where the crews race, eat, sleep and navigate during their round the world race and speak to crew who have just completed the adventure.
To find out more visit: http://clipperroundtheworld.com/race/port/london-united-kingdom-2015-16
About the race
The 2015-16 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race left London on 30 August 2015, racing to Rio De Janerio, Cape Town, Albany, Sydney, Hobart (including the famous Rolex Sydney Hobart Race), Airlie Beach, Da Nang in Vietnam, Qingdao in China, Seattle, Panama, New York, Derry-Londonderry, Den Helder, before returning to London.
Set up by legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the Clipper Race is designed to provide everyone - regardless of sailing experience - the chance to race across oceans and taste the exhilaration of completing a circumnavigation. Since its inception in 1995, the Clipper Race has turned over 4,000 novices into ocean racers. The race is split into eight legs and 14 races, with crew opting to do one leg, several or the full circumnavigation. The youngest crew member is 18 years old while the oldest is 74.
This is the only race of its kind where lorry drivers, teachers, nurses, lawyers and more, join together to take on the world's toughest sailing conditions.
Join the adventure and follow the race, visit: www.clipperroundtheworld.com