The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has come to a close. This year there were 103 crewmembers on 12 boats competing in 14 different races on a 41,135 nautical mile circumnavigation around the world.
The Clipper race is a unique one; the organizers supply a fleet of identical racing yachts each equipped with a fully qualified skipper to guide the crew. The only prerequisites for the race are to be in good shape, over 18, and have a thirst for adventure – no previous sailing experience is required, though you are given thorough training if accepted.
The race is scored in a Formula 1-style system. Winners of each leg are awarded 12 points, second place wins 11 points, third earns 10, and so on. The boat that finishes with the highest amount of points at the end of the circumnavigation wins the trophy.
This year’s winner was the LMAX Exchange, skippered by French sailor Olivier Cardin. The Exchange finished the series with 6 overall wins and standing at 10 podiums. At the final race, its competitor, Derry~Londonderry~Doire, was only 6 points behind but the crew of the Exchange fought hard to finish the final race in third place – making them the overall winner.
Find out more about the race at: https://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/