Times Clipper 2000 - Start
Each of the boats is sponsored by a UK city and it was London Clipper that made the best of the start, but Bristol Clipper had headed her by the first mark. The resemblance to the BT Global Challenge pretty much ends with the start conditions however, as these boats are headed round the warm weather route - the first stop is Vilamoura in Portugal, then across the Atlantic to Cuba.
Shirley Robertson had been aboard HMS Glasgow, leading a sailpast of the combined Clipper Ventures fleet, with the race fleet were the ten Clipper Reflex 38's and ten Clipper Gemini RIBs. Shirley said afterwards, "The experience aboard HMS Glasgow was one I will never forget. The Olympics provided an immense boost for British sailing which was clearly demonstrated again today by the atmosphere and enthusiasm amongst the crews, their families and race supporters here in Portsmouth."