Clipper Race arrives in Portsmouth

The boats finishing and the crews celebrate at Portsmouth after the end of The Times Clipper 2000 Race
It was grey and it was damp but this was the final leg and nothing was going to dampen the spirits of the crews of the eight Clipper yachts as they arrived at Portsmouth - 35,000 nautical miles and eleven months of sailing behind them. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston founder of Clipper Ventures and the first person to complete a nonstop single-handed circumnavigation of the world in 1969, was a happy looking man as his fleet berthed safely at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth. The third Clipper was over and Sir Robin could justifiably enjoy his cigar. There had been problems and dramas but as he commented; "I had a wonderful team, I am just the window dressing. They have all been wonderful, the crews were of such a high standard". On the remarkable close finish, with Bristol and Jersey battling right to the final line he added; "If I had written the script, nobody would have believed it, a wonderful race". The professionally crewed Volvo Race will be hoping that they can say the same in nine months time. Jersey did all they could by winning the final race from Jersey to Portsmouth, but not enough to beat Bristol for the overall title. Jersey approaches the finish line off Southsea Castle. continued on page 2......123456next ›last »