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Londonderry welcomes Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

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The Clipper yacht Bermuda passes the Foyle Bridge after claiming the top podium place in the New York to Derry-Londonderry leg of the globla race - Martin McKeown

The Clipper yacht Bermuda passes the Foyle Bridge after claiming the top podium place in the New York to Derry-Londonderry leg of the globla race - Martin McKeown

The Clipper yacht Bermuda passes the Foyle Bridge after claiming the top podium place in the New York to Derry-Londonderry leg of the globla race - Martin McKeown

Londonderry has welcomed the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race on Wednesday morning for the first time since the pandemic.

This year’s Clipper Race started back in 2019 but was paused for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It made its long-awaited return however in March.

The yachts are arriving ahead of schedule in preparation for the Foyle Maritime Festival between July 20 and July 24.

The boats first arrived at the River Foyle around 10.30am.

This year marks ten years since around 120,000 spectators gathered in the city over the festival’s inaugural celebration in 2012.

Race director Dale Smyth told BBC NI’s Good Morning Ulster: "It's a place that's really connected with Clipper and become a home of the race.

"For us it's coupled with the fact that we are back into UK waters and the excitement of almost completing a circumnavigation and then just the amazing welcome and warmth we receive here from the people. It's just a fantastic stopover for us.

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"The north Atlantic is a big wild place and they've been at sea for a long time so everyone is more than looking forward to a hot shower and a pint of Guinness.

"It's the only event internationally that gives amateurs the experience to circumnavigate and race at a professional level offshore.”


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