Boats from two races take over Gosport marina

BOATS from two big races have taken over a marina.

Saturday, 5th August 2017, 6:47 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 12:05 pm
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and Volvo Ocean Race fleets berthed together for the first ever time, at Gosport Premier Marina, ahead of their upcoming circumnavigations. Picture: Shaun Roster

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and the Volvo Ocean Race have both berthed for the first time together in Gosport.

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The Clipper Race, which has its headquarters in the town, is preparing to leave for Liverpool for the 2017/18 race start while the professional Volvo Ocean Race teams are competing in Leg Zero, tomorrow.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo, non-stop around the world and founder of the Clipper race, said: ‘There’s been a great buzz around the marina. As much as the Clipper crew are excited to be so close to their professional counterparts, I have been impressed by the respect shown by the Volvo Ocean Race sailors.’