25 years ago,veteran British sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to successfully sail around the world nonstop, came up with the Clipper Round the World yacht race, with the goal
of providing everyone the thrill and wonder of ocean racing, regardless of their economic backgrounds or initial sailing experience.
This year is the twelfth edition of the race, which is run biennially and, according to race manager Grace Kitching, takes about 11 months to complete.
“Anyone from ages 18 and up can sign up [to participate] and we offer a four-week
comprehensive training package,” Ms. Kitching said. “So, whether you’re a yachtmaster or never stepped on a boat before, there are [many] options available.”
This year’s race began in the Philippines and went up to Seattle, where the crew was changed.
They then sailed down to Panama, went through the Canal and sailed to Bermuda. According to Max Rivers, First Mate on the Go to Bermuda boat, crews will be changed here, before participants sail up to New York and finish in London. The race is scheduled to end around July
One of the boats, the one that Mr. Rivers is first mate on, is actually sponsored by the Bermuda Tourism Authority. Mr. Rivers is grateful to be here and feels very welcomed on the island already.
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