Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Clipper Homecoming Festival proves a treat on the Foyle

Sara Douglas aboard one of the Clipper Yachts in Foyle Marina
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
The Derry~Londonderry Clipper Yacht arrives at Greencastle, County Donegal after completing race 13 of the Round the World Race. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 1.7.11
The Derry~Londonderry Clipper Yacht arrives at the finish line four miles off the Donegal coast. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 1.7.11
The crew of the Derry~Londonderry Clipper Yacht line the bow on the River Foyle as they pass the City's Guildhall as they returned to the city which has sponsored the yacht. 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
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
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
Crew members wave to family on the river bank as the Derry-Londonderry yacht makes its way into port welcomed by hundreds of people while taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The yacht which arrived on Sunday morning had crossed the Atlantic on the latest stage from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © plesae by-line
©/Lorcan Doherty Photography - July 1st 2012. Michelle McCann with her 9 month old granddaughter AoibheannThe crew of the Derry-Londonderry arrive home.Photo Credit Lorcan Doherty Photography
©/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 Derry~Londonderry Clipper Yacht arrives at Greencastle, County Donegal after completing race 13 of the Round the World Race. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 1.7.11
The Derry~Londonderry Clipper Yacht arrives at Greencastle, County Donegal after completing race 13 of the Round the World Race. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 1.7.11
The Derry~Londonderry Clipper Yacht arrives at the finish line four miles off the Donegal coast. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 1.7.11
The Derry~Londonderry Clipper Yacht arrives at the finish line four miles off the Donegal coast. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 1.7.11
The Derry~Londonderry Clipper Yacht arrives at the finish line four miles off the Donegal coast. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 1.7.11
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
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
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
The crew of the Derry~Londonderry Clipper Yacht line the bow on the River Foyle as they pass the City's Guildhall as they returned to the city which has sponsored the yacht. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 1.7.12
Derry~Londonderry skipper Mark Light celebrates after bringing the Round the World Clipper Yacht back to its home city on the River Foyle at the end of stage 13 of teh round the world race. Picture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 1.7.12
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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