Round-the-world Clipper Race start date confirmed

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SAILORS are counting down the days to a round-the-world race.

Portsmouth’s Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, chairman of the Clipper Race, joined race directors for a briefing in London to announce the start date as Sunday, August 30 and to outline the 40,000-nautical mile race route.

The Clipper Race gives paying amateur crew members the chance to sail around the world with professional skippers.

The first leg will be from the south of the UK, at a port to be announced, and will sail to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Sir Robin said: ‘We have just 232 days to wait until the historic 10th edition race series starts and one of the world’s most unique and challenging adventures gets under way. Our crew are starting their journey, many hoping to become circumnavigators, which is a very rare and incredibly tough feat.’

‘Still more people have climbed Mount Everest than have raced round the world.’