Round The World – Leaving New York

The Clipper Race fleet departed New York on Sunday, June 20, after a spectacular Parade of Sail past the Statue of Liberty as it motored towards the Race 12 start line.

The LegenDerry Finale got underway Sunday evening with a Le Mans start off the Ambrose Lighthouse led by ClipperTelemed+ Skipper Matt Mitchell.

The teams slipped lines to the sound of their team songs and waved goodbye to friends and family who had gathered at Liberty Landing Marina to bid them well on their 3,100 nautical mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean to Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The day was also emotional for Unicef crew member Dolores Elliott from Brooklyn whose father taught her how to sail in New York Harbor when she was a little girl.

This Atlantic Homecoming Leg holds particular significance for Derry~Londonderry~Doire who will be aiming for a rare home port win to add their three previous victories. Before departing Skipper Daniel Smith said: “We’re getting into the home stretch now and heading for our home port of Derry-Londonderry. We’ve been really proud to fly the flag for the city all around the world and are really excited for the welcome we are going to get when we sail up the River Foyle and celebrate our final crossing at the Foyle Maritime Festival.“It’s now one year since we were last in Derry-Londonderry for our team building weekend and we got such a warm welcome then that we even had crew who weren’t already on this final leg sign up so they could arrive into the city on board Derry~Londonderry~Doire. It’s going to be a very special stopover for all of us and will be driving us forward as we race across the Atlantic Ocean.

“The race is incredibly tight now with all the podium positions still up for grabs. We are going to be putting everything into the LegenDerry Finale and hoping, at the very least, that we can maintain our second place in the Overall Race Standings.”

“I’ve been going up and down between feeling nervous and excited, I’ve waited nine and a half months to join my Unicef team and can’t really believe that race start day has come. It’s going to be thrilling to sail past the Statue of Liberty and heart wrenching too because it’s my home port, that’s why I chose this leg of the circumnavigation, so I could have my family see me off.”

Having raced over 37,000 nautical miles the round the world Skippers and crew are embarking on the final ocean crossing of their circumnavigation and they know that an almighty welcome awaits at the Foyle Maritime Festival which runs from 9 – 17 July.

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