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HMS Illustrious will have a starring role as the 2011 Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race gets under way in Southampton on Sunday.

The Portsmouth-based warship will follow the competing yachts from 2.30pm as they make their way out of Southampton Water to start at the historic Royal Yacht Squadron line at 4.30pm.

Illustrious’ commanding officer, Captain Jerry Kyd, said: ‘On behalf of the officers and crew of HMS Illustrious, I wish all yachts and their crews the very best of luck for a safe and fast circumnavigation and a cracking race.’