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A following sea

British sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, left, shaking hands with naval architect Tony Castro, celebrated 15 years as chairman of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race by announcing a new fleet of a dozen 70-foot racing yachts for his global ocean challenge.

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"Racing around the world still remains one of life's great challenges and I'm extremely proud to have witnessed over the past 15 years how the Clipper race has changed people's lives and turned almost 3,000 sailing novices into experienced ocean racers," Knox-Johnston says. With the eighth edition of the race, Clipper 2011-12, set to start in August, naval architect Castro has designed a new fleet vessel - the third generation of Clipper racing yachts and one suited for the grueling sailing event. The new yachts will be built in China and fitted by British and international suppliers. The fleet will increase from 10 to 12 yachts, with an option for four more. The crew capacity of each yacht has also increased from 20 to 22.

This article originally appeared in Home Waters Sections of the March 2011 issue.