Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 28 April 2015

Clipper event named Derry's most popular festival

The Clipper Round The World Yacht Race making its way to Greencastle in Donegal for the start of the next race stage  Netherlands. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
The Clipper Round The World Yacht Race making its way to Greencastle in Donegal for the start of the next race stage Netherlands. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Undertones lead singer Paul McLoone on stage at the Legenderry concert in Ebrington Square which was part of the continuing festival to welcome home the crew of the Derry~Londonderry round the world Clipper yacht race. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 5.7.12
One of the young people of people who packed into Ebrington Square in Derry for the Legenderry concert to mark the homecoming of the Clipper Round the world Yacht race. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 6.7.12
Younger members of the crowd who packed into Ebrington Square in Derry for the Legenderry concert to mark the homecoming of the Clipper Round the world Yacht race. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 6.7.12
One of the younger people who packed into Ebrington Square in Derry for the Legenderry concert to mark the homecoming of the Clipper Round the world Yacht race. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 6.7.12
Niall Boyle who received an unexpected invitation to complete the final two races of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The 24 years old was one of five people who received a bursary from Derry City Council to take part in the race. He will join fellow awardees, Padraig Conway, and Shauna O'Neill. Niall first joined the crew for the first leg from Southampton to Rio almost one year ago. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com 6.7.12
Derry~Londonderry Clipper crew member Shauna O'Neill who signed a Clipper Mural depicting all the yachts in the, yachts in the race before her departure on saturday. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 7.7.12
Geraldton crew member Niall McMonagle, left, from Derry waves at the start of the Clipper Round the World Yacht race at Greencastle on saturday. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 7.7.12
The Clipper crew of Derry~Londonderry pictured before their departure on saturday. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 7.7.12
Shauna O'Neill and Niall Boyle pictured with Derry~Londonderry Clipper skipper Mark Light after they received an unexpected invitation to rejoin the yacht on her final two legs of the round teh world race. Picture Martin McKeown. 7.7.12
Sheltering from the rain during a pleasure trip on the River Foyle after the yachts have left Derry on Saturday - The Derry Londonderry yacht leaves Derry on Saturday during the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race making its way to Greencastle in Donegal for the start of the next race stage to the Netherlands. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Fourteen years old Sara Douglas from the Waterside in Derry~Londonderry only has to wait another four years before she can join the crew of a Clipper ocean going yacht. Two of the ten Clipper Yachts are berthed at the new Foyle Marina and are open to the public until thursday. Free tickets are available from the nearby information centre every fiftheen minutes. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 3.7.12
Belfast Telegraph journalist Brendan McDaid joins teh Derry~Londonderry Clipper crew at Greencastle. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com
The Derry~Londonderry Clipper Yacht makes her way on the River Foyle after completing leg 13 of the Round teh World Race. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 1.7.12
John Harkin, second from left, from Derry who will have travelled 40,000 miles when he completes the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Welcoming him home at the end of leg 13 of the 15 stage race are grandsons Ethan and Ben and son and daughter in law John Paul and Doris Harkin. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 1.7.12
Jubilant scenes as the Derry~Londonderry Clipper Round teh World Race Yacht arrived back on teh River Foyle in her home city. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com
Clipper Bursary winner Padraig McConway receives a hug from his mum Mary after returning from three weeks at sea for 15 days. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 1.7.12
Clipper bursary winner Padraid McConway, pictured with his mum, who arrived home in Derry on sunday after completing leg 13 of the Clipper Round teh World Yacht Race on board Derry~Londonderry. Picture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 1/7/2
Zap Cat racing on the River Foyle after the Clipper race yachts have left the city on Saturday - The Derry Londonderry yacht leaves Derry on Saturday during the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race making its way to Greencastle in Donegal for the start of the next race stage to the Netherlands. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Zap Cat racing on the River Foyle after the Clipper race yachts have left the city on Saturday - The Derry Londonderry yacht leaves Derry on Saturday during the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race making its way to Greencastle in Donegal for the start of the next race stage to the Netherlands. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
The crew of Derry~Londonderry wave to the thousands of spectators who watched as the Clipper Yacht left her home port on the final leg of her round teh world voyage. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 7.7.12
Some of the thousands of spectators who watched as the Clipper Yacht left her home port on the final leg of her round teh world voyage. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 7.7.12
The crew of Derry~Londonderry wave to the thousands of spectators who watched as the Clipper Yacht left her home port on the final leg of her round teh world voyage. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 7.7.12
The crew of Derry~Londonderry wave to the thousands of spectators who watched as the Clipper Yacht left her home port on the final leg of her round teh world voyage. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 7.7.12
Undertones lead singer Paul McLoone on stage at the Legenderry concert in Ebrington Square which was part of the continuing festival to welcome home the crew of the Derry~Londonderry round the world Clipper yacht race. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 5.7.12
The Derry~Londonderry Clipper Yacht crew wave to their thousands of fans at the Welcome Home Legenderry Concert in Ebrington Square on thursday night. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 5.7.12
The Derry Londonderry yacht leaves Derry on Saturday during the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race making its way to Greencastle in Donegal for the start of the next race stage to the Netherlands. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line
The Foyle Bridge in Derry packed with people waving off the clippers from the city - The Derry Londonderry yacht leaves Derry on Saturday during the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race making its way to Greencastle in Donegal for the start of the next race stage to the Netherlands. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line
The Derry Londonderry yacht leaves Derry on Saturday during the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race making its way to Greencastle in Donegal for the start of the next race stage to the Netherlands. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line
The crew of the Clipper Yacht Qingdao celebrate their arrival in Derry~Londonderry on moday. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 2.7.12
Fireworks light up the sky over the River Foyle on friday night after the second Legenderry Concert as the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Homecoming Festival reaches a high point this weekend. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 6.7.12
Liam Kelly finds heself at the centre of events at the Clipper Homecoming Festival during the final day of events on sunday on the banks of the River Foyle. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpressics.com. 8.7.12
A Zapcat powers its way round the course on the River Foyle on sunday during the fiinal day of the Clipper Homecoming festival. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 8.7.12
Conor Begley and Ben  Ward who brought the Spanish Armada to life at the Clipper Homecoming Festival during the final day of events on sunday on the banks of the River Foyle. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpressics.com. 8.7.12
©/Lorcan Doherty Photography - July 1st 2012. Michelle McCann of the Derry-Londonderry team.Photo Credit Lorcan Doherty Photography
The crew of the Clipper Yacht Qingdao celebrate their arrival in Derry~Londonderry on moday. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 2.7.12
The Clipper Yacht Singapore team celebrate as they cross the finish line in second place at Greencastle on friday as the round the round the world yacht race arrived in Derry~Londonderry. PIcture Martin McKeown, Inpresspics.com. 29.6.12
The Derry~Londonderry Clipper Yacht which drew the crowds as the free tours of the round the world yachts continue with today (tursday) being the last day before the crews prepare to resume racing on saturday. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 4.7.12

Official figures show that Londonderry’s Clipper festival surpassed all expectations to become the most successful single festival ever staged in the city.

New figures show that over 100,000 visitors came to Derry over the 10-day festival in the summer, which was also a trial run for the organisation of the UK City of Culture celebrations.

NI Tourist Board (NITB) research shows that Derry’s inclusion in the round the world yacht race has also helped cement Northern Ireland’s standing as an international tourist destination.

A survey conducted by the Tourist Board shows that Derry’s involvement with the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race helped boost civic pride and put the region on the map as a must-see tourist destination.

The NITB asked the public for their views on the July festival and received an overwhelmingly positive response, with 97% of respondents saying it had made them feel proud of their country.

During the festival visitors had the opportunity to visit the Clipper Race yachts and meet the crews, as well as take part in a programme of activities and attractions including a seafood festival, continental market, a marine environment zone, a marine heritage zone and free back-to-back concerts at Ebrington Square.

Derry mayor Kevin Campbell said: “The Clipper Homecoming Festival had a huge impact on the city and the feedback from the public has been phenomenal.

“The festival successfully created a great sense of pride and excitement in the city.”

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