Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Clipper Homecoming Festival proves a treat on the Foyle

Sara Douglas aboard one of the Clipper Yachts in Foyle Marina
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. 1.7.12

The arrival of the Clipper fleet at the largest festival on the Foyle in decades is proving to be a major success, the river’s Harbour Master has said.

Bill McCann of Foyle Port said the arrival of the 10-strong Clipper fleet went “very smoothly”.

“From the water, the city was looking its best,’’ he said.

He explained that numerous more yachts were yesterday making their way from Greencastle to Derry as part of a Malin Waters initiative.

The flotilla already moored along the banks of Derry’s city centre will be further added to tomorrow when the competitors from today’s Foyle Port Cup Race at Greencastle sail into the city.

These additional visiting vessels will join local boats and the Clipper fleet for the Clipper Parade of Sail on Saturday.

The parade starts at 1pm, when the Clipper yachts will leave Derry for the start line at Greencastle.

They will be accompanied by the supporting flotilla.

They are scheduled to reach Greencastle at 4.30pm for the official race start time.

The chief executive of Clipper host port sponsor, Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners, Brian McGrath, described the events this week as a “superb demonstration of the port’s ability to manage a major sailing event’’.

The Clipper Homecoming Festival continues every day this week through to Sunday.

For more programme details check out the website www.derrycity.gov.uk/clipper.

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