LIVERPOOL HOMECOMING SET FOR CLIPPER RACE!
THE 10 strong
international fleet, which suffered a month's delay for repairs in
the Philippines, are to complete the world's longest yachting race
on the River Mersey at around 12 noon on Saturday, July 29.
The Liverpool Culture Company is preparing to roll out the red
carpet for what will be an emotional finale to the most dramatic
race in clipper's history, which began in Liverpool last September.
Liverpool's Lord Mayor will lead a civic welcome with aerobatic
displays and street entertainment planned before the final
prize-giving in Salthouse Dock at 4pm.
Thousands of people are expected to throng the Mersey and they can
expect a tense climax as the leading three yachts in the overall
standings - westernaustralia.com, Liverpool 08 and Durban - all have
a chance of winning the coveted Clipper Cup.
Currently competing Leg 5 in the northern Pacific with 2,000 miles
to Vancouver, Durban is second, Liverpool 08 third and
westernaustralia.com trailing in fifth. Leg 6 to Jamaica is to begin
on May on May 14 and Leg 7 to Liverpool is to begin on June 20 via
New York and Jersey.
Professor Drummond Bone, Chairman of Liverpool Culture Company,
said:- "It's great news to finally have a homecoming date for
the race. We can now prepare to give the fleet the welcome they
deserve. I'm sure the Liverpool public will be out in force to
support them after what has been a real roller coaster experience
for the crews."
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo, non-stop around
the world is founder and Chairman of Clipper Ventures PLC.
He said:- "The return of the Clipper Fleet to Liverpool on
July 29 signifies the culmination of months of adventure, challenges
and experience as the 10-strong fleet have raced 35,000 miles around
the world to complete the full circle. Liverpool gave the race a
spectacular send-off back in September and the excitement is already
building as this great maritime city gears up for the grand finale."
Letters to editor:- "Vandalism in Victoria Park"
"These are a
few pictures of the results of vandalism in Victoria Park over the
last week. I can not see what drives these mindless yobs in
Southport. How can we make the town presentable again?"
Regards Eric Evison (Southport Radio Car Club).