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Clipper Race Start

The Clipper Race is returning to the vibrant and friendly city of Liverpool for the first time in ten years for the start of the 2017-18 race, which sets sail on Sunday 20 August

Clipper Race Start

Join the crowds lining the walkway of the historic Albert Dock and River Mersey to bid farewell to hundreds of courageous UK and international crew members, as they step on board the fleet of twelve 70ft ocean racing yachts to set off on their 40,000 mile global voyage.

Racing across six continents, they will face some of Mother Nature’s toughest conditions before returning almost a year later as ocean warriors.

The Race Start will begin with a Slipping Lines ceremony at 09:15 in the city’s world-famous UNESCO waterfront Albert Dock before all twelve yachts and their courageous UK and international crew form a spectacular parade of sail on the River Mersey from 11:15 to 12:00.

At 12:30, the Clipper 2017-18 Race start gun will mark the beginning of the circumnavigation which, subject to change pending approval, will start with a short course on the River Mersey, a chance for spectators to get up and very close to the action.

Event Date: Sunday 20th August – Sunday 20th August 2017


Location: Albert Dock, Liverpool

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Contact Details

Culture Liverpool, Tel: 0151 233 2008

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