Global race yacht fleet is offered for sale

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BOATS that have been around the world are being sold.

Gosport firm Clipper Ventures is selling its old Clipper 68 fleet.

The yachts have been around the world in four editions of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race between 2005 and 2012.

Clipper 70 yachts have been used by the crews since 2013.

Clipper founder and chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: ‘I wanted a yacht that could be sailed safely by amateur crews but could also be a good ocean racing boat.

‘It proved extremely successful as far as we were concerned.

‘The Clipper 68 fleet was retired from the Clipper Race in 2013 to make way for the new 12-strong Clipper 70 fleet, but it’s probably capable of at least another four global races.

‘So anyone looking for a good strong rugged boat that’s reliable and easy to sail, that can take anything you throw at it, and the Southern Ocean takes some beating, these are the boats.’

The boats were designed by Ed Dubois with Sir Robin.