Clipper to the Mersey

All change for Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's round the world the world race

Thursday January 17th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

(left to right) The Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Gerard Scott, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston Chairman of Clipper Ventures Plc, Councillor Frank Doran Liverpool City Council Executive Member for Leisure and Culture and Nicky Jacobsen Clipper 2002 crewmember celebrate the announcement of Liverpool as Clipper 2002 host port

Clipper Ventures Plc, with the assistance of the City Council, are seeking ten major corporate sponsors who wish to use the boat as a billboard for their respective businesses. £25,000 buys prominent signage on Liverpool Clipper, a host of media, marketing and promotional opportunities in the UK and overseas, as well as providing considerable networking opportunities and Corporate Hospitality events in the various international stopover ports.

The search is now on for a skipper for Liverpool Clipper. Applicants, male or female, must have an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate with a current commercial endorsement, as well as plenty of hands-on experience as a skipper, preferably with some racing experience. The ideal candidate will also possess excellent people to people skills and be able to demonstrate a high level of seamanship and safety, as well as endless energy, drive, determination and commitment.

With over 60% of competitor berths already taken, crew applications are also welcomed from Liverpool's budding amateur sailors, men or women from every
walk of life and age, to compete on individual legs or to face the challenge of the whole circumnavigation. Successful crew applicants, with or without sailing experience, will undergo extensive training programmes to prepare for the challenges of racing around the world.

Format and schedule

For sales purposes - aside from the skipper, the eight 60 footers have paying crews - the Clipper 2002 round the world race is divided up into six legs, with various stopovers scheduled during each leg. In total there are 16 stages. The course takes the boats round the world through Panama and around the Cape of Good Hope on a predominantly trade wind course.

The schedule will be as follows:

1st Leg: Liverpool-Portugal*-Cuba* 5,300 miles
2nd Leg: Cuba*-Panama-Galapagos-Hawaii 6,100 miles
3rd Leg: Hawaii-Japan-Shanghai-Hong Kong 6,000 miles
4th Leg: Hong Kong-Philippines-Singapore-Mauritius 5,400 miles
5th Leg: Mauritius-Cape Town-Brazil 5,800 miles
6th Leg: Brazil-USA-European Port*-Liverpool 7,100 miles
* To be confirmed

Training races for the Clipper 2002 are scheduled from 11-30 September, one of which will start from Liverpool, and the eight yachts will gather in Liverpool from 17 October 2002 for pre-start preparations. Built in 1846, Albert Dock has undergone a face lift following a £100 million redevelopment. It is now one of Liverpool's busiest and most cosmopolitan centres.

Selected crew places are still available for individual legs or the whole circumnavigation, for further information please call Clipper Ventures on + 44 (0) 23 8023 7088 or visit www.clipper-ventures.com

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