About the Clipper Race

This page is from 2017 and has been archived.
Please be aware that the information may be out of date.

This unique challenge brings together everyone from chief executives to taxi drivers, nurses and firefighters, farmers, airline pilots and students, from age 18 upwards, to take on Mother Nature’s toughest conditions. There is no upper age limit, the oldest competitor to date is 74.

Whether they choose to take on the whole circumnavigation or compete in one or more of eight individual legs, all our crew achieve something remarkable as they conquer some of the world’s most challenging oceans.

The overall route is split into a series of global races and a maximum 12 points going to first place ascending to 1 point for twelfth place. The team with the highest cumulative points at the end of the final race wins the series, and the Clipper Race trophy.

As the crew race they also raise funds and awareness for Unicef, the official Clipper Race charity, to help children in danger all around the world who face a very real challenge of their own every day. In the last race, Clipper Race crew and staff raised over £320,000 for the cause.

The Clipper Race and Liverpool

Liverpool and events go hand in hand and when you throw a maritime event into the mix, our city truly shines. Our rich maritime history saw Liverpool transform the worlds trading and transport stage and Liverpool once again will welcome the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to Liverpool as part of our maritime legacy.

During our year as the European Capital of Culture, Liverpool was lucky enough to host the Clipper Race in 2008 and become the first Northern port to host the race in its history, an iconic moment for Liverpool as once again, the city was at the forefront of maritime history in the making. As a port city, the river has long been established as the life blood of the city, part of its DNA, the city has a long established relationship with the Mersey which is, essentially, its reason d’etre and hosting the Clipper Race acts to reinforce this relationship between the city and it’s River, it is a seemless fit for Liverpool in continuing to promote its maritime legacy and position on the international maritime stage.

After setting off at Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock in August 2017, the 2017-18 Clipper Race will return to Liverpool on 28 July 2018. For more information, go to:

Clipper Education Pack

To accompany the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race returning to Liverpool,  an Education Pack has been distributed to schools with suggested activities and resources or visits, bringing the race to life. Using the facts and ports visited as inspiration for numeracy, literacy, geography, science and PSHE lessons within class, schools have also been asked to follow Albert the bear. Albert is a teddy bear who has taken on the adventure of a lifetime with the Liverpool 2018 crew as they explore the globe.

If you are interested in using the Clipper Race Finish Education pack, please download it by clicking here.