Clipper 2000 Start
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.