Race firm unveils the nation’s yacht entry

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A ROUND-THE-WORLD race run by a Gosport firm has launched the nation’s entry.

Clipper Ventures, based in Royal Clarence Marina, Gosport, unveiled the Great Britain yacht in Trafalgar Square, London.

The Clipper yacht in Trafalgar Square

The Clipper yacht in Trafalgar Square

It will be on show to the public until tomorrow.

The 70ft yacht will be one of 12 Clipper 70 boats competing in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 13-14, starting this September.

Joining the boat as a crew member will be 20-year-old Jake Carter, from Portchester.

Along with the other amateur sailors and the professional skipper, he will help the boat cover the long 40,000-mile course.

Crews start the race on September 1 from St Katharine Docks in London.

More than 650 people from over 40 nations are competing.

The race was founded by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo, non-stop, around the world in 1968-9.

He said: ‘This is a unique project and I am very proud that the Clipper Race can provide a powerful platform to promote Great Britain.’