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Fireworks on Foyle as big crowd sees off Clipper yachts

By Staff Reporter

Published 18/07/2016

Fireworks explode behind the tall ship The Phoenix
Fireworks explode behind the tall ship The Phoenix
The parade of sail as the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet leaves
One of the theatrical characters who brought The Voyage Of Sunniva story to life

Sailing fans have been treated to the spectacular sight of yachts sailing down the River Foyle as fireworks lit up the sky behind tall ship The Phoenix.

It was just part of the finale for the weekend's Foyle Maritime Festival.

The impressive vessels taking part in the Clipper Round the World Boat Race left Derry yesterday as their intrepid crews started the next leg of their global adventure.

In the wake of the parade of sail, the impressive yachts - including the city's own Derry-Londonderry-Doire - left an estimated 250,000 visitors still enjoying the maritime festival.

Many had witnessed The Voyage Of Sunniva on Saturday, which had seen the Foyle transformed into a magical, mythical stage as the fleet took the lead role.

Sunniva was a medieval Irish Queen who, when an invading king wanted to marry her, fled with her people in small boats and without navigation, trusting to her god and to the elements.

As they race off to Den Helder in The Netherlands, nine points lie between current overall leader LMAX Exchange and second placed Derry-Londonderry-Doire.

And while 11 points separate the local entry from third place team Great Britain, Garmin is lurking only six points behind in fourth.

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