The Clipper Fleet Returns To Gosport
Premier Gosport Marina is delighted to welcome back the Clipper Round the World Fleet, following race skipper, Wendy Tuck’s epic victory in the Clipper 2017-2018.
On Friday 27th July, at Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool, Australian sailor and Clipper skipper, Wendy Tuck became the first woman to ever win the world yacht race as she led her Sanya Serenity Coast team to overall victory. Second place went to British sailor Nikki Henderson, who at only age 25 was the skipper of Visit Seattle.
Clipper Race Founder and Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston was delighted with the female one-two finish: “There’s never been a race, a round the world race, where you’ve had the two leading Skipper both be women. The impact of the success of both Wendy and Nikki cannot be underestimated. If this gets even one more girl start sailing and dreaming big, then I’ll consider everything we have done over the last eleven months a huge success."
Graham Bristowe, Portsmouth Harbour General Manager also added: “At Gosport we are proud of our association with the Clipper Round the World fleet. Welcoming them home brings a real buzz to the site. Now, the busy task of lifting the fleet begins in earnest as a full refit will be underway for all of the race boats as they are de-branded and prepped for the 2019/20 race.”
The Clipper Race is unique in that it trains non-professionals to be ocean faring sailors. Established in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (the first man to sail solo, non-stop around the world) 40 per cent of Clipper Race crew have no previous sailing experience before signing up and undergoing the compulsory four weeks training.