Clipper 2000 Start

Just four days to go

Wednesday October 11th 2000, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
The Times Clipper 2000 Race starts in just four days. The gun goes at 12 midday on the 15th October, and Ian McShane (Lovejoy to tv watchers) will be doing the firing. McShane is a Patron of The Philip Green Memorial Trust for sick and disabled children - the official charity for The Times Clipper 2000. Funds raised by many of the crew members during the race will go towards the construction of London's first children's hospice. Europe gold medallist Shirley Robertson will be aboard the destroyer HMS Glasgow, which will lead the fleet in a sail past from the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour down to the start line off Southsea Castle, Portsmouth.
Events start warming up in the Port Solent Race Village on Thursday, 12th October, when the fleet of 60 foot Clipper Yachts arrives at 1400, from its current home at Shamrock Quay, Southampton. Saturday sees the 25 piece calypso band Sound of Steel, and jazz band Crocodile Style playing regular sets through the afternoon. Sounds of Steel will be in the bandstand at Southsea Castle on Sunday morning, while the pre-start entertainment includes a Tiger Moth aerial display team at 1125. The eight yachts in the fleet are all sponsored by UK cities, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Plymouth, Portsmouth and the island of Jersey. The circumnavigation is expected to take 11 months, the first leg from Portsmouth going across the Atlantic to Cuba, via a stop-over in Algarve. There the boats will berth at Vilamoura - the current home of the Club Med maxi-cat.

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