Sailors cheered off for start of Clipper Round the World Race

The Clipper boats pass through Tower Bridge in London Picture: Ellie Pilmoor
The Clipper boats pass through Tower Bridge in London Picture: Ellie Pilmoor
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THOUSANDS of people have lined the River Thames to watch the Clipper Round the World Race yachts complete a parade of sails.

The 12 yachts have been docked at St Katharine Dock in London since leaving Gosport earlier this month.

Families and friends have gathered to wave goodbye to their loved ones who will be sailing to Rio in the first leg of the round-the-world race, which pits professional skippers with amateur sailors.

Skipper of Mission Performance, Greg Miller, from Gosport, said: ‘I think everyone is just ready to get going.

‘It is fantastic to see so many people here to wave us off and it’s great to be sailing down the Thames.’

The boats passed through Tower Bridge into the Upper Pool before sailing back under the bridge.