LMAX Exchange has been confirmed as the overall winner of The Clipper Round the World Race. Watch the interviews and see the pictures of the fleet arriving back in London.
They’ve been away at sea for a year and have taken part in 14 races sailing across six continent and now LMAX Exchange, skippered by Frenchman Olivier Cardin, has been crowned winner of the 10th edition of the Clipper Race.
The team’s victory comes despite finishing the final race of the 14-stage series behind long standing rival for the title Derry-Londonderry-Doire,which was first across the Race 14 finish line, but not by a large enough margin to knock LMAX Exchange off the top of the overall leaderboard.
LMAX Exchange was only six points ahead of Derry-Londonderry-Doire, going into Race 14, the 198NM sprint finale from The Netherlands, meaning everything could have changed with this last race with twelve points up for grabs.
Despite Derry-Londonderry-Doire taking line honours at 2014:39 UTC on Friday, 29 July, off Southend Pier, UK, its fourth race win of the series, the team only managed to win back two of the six points needed.
The Northern Irish entry beat Visit Seattle by 29 seconds as it finished in second at 2015:08 UTC.
LMAX Exchange finished in third, crossing the finish line at 2038:30 UTC.
Speaking as he was confirmed the winner of the overall global series, skipper Olivier Cardin said: “We trimmed constantly with all hands on deck and people on the rails to keep Derry~Londonderry~Doire in our sights all the time. Everyone kept the pressure up which resulted in the finish we set out to achieve at the start of the race,” Olivier added.
The Clipper Round The World overall race leaderboard:
- LMAX Exchange
- GREAT Britain
- Mission Performance
- Dang Nang Viet Nam
- Visit Seattle
- Clipper Telemed+
- PSP Logistics
We’ve spoken to some of the fleet crew members about their experience.
Grace Kitching – PSP Logistics
Sphamandla Ngcobo – IchorCoal
Bridget Kevill – Da Nang Viet Nam
The Clipper Round the World Race 2015-16 culminates in London’s St Katharine Docks this Saturday, 30 July.
The 12 70-foot ocean racers will parade up the River Thames, much to the delight of the thousands of Clipper fans who are expected to turn out for the event.
See below for a full schedule of the parade
The crew will return in spectacular style and pageantry, including live commentary, big screens and a main stage, ready to host the final celebrations of this tenth edition race.
Following emotional reunions with proud family members and friends, the winners will then take to the podium for their much deserved prizes.
Some of those on board will have spent 11months away at sea, while other will have sailed just a leg or more of the 40,000-nautical mile race.
The story so far
Schedule of Parade of Sail on 30 July.
- 0719 Fleet arrives at the QE2 Bridge at Dartford.
- 0900 Fleet passes the Millennium Dome.
- 0912 Fleet passes Greenwich Observatory.
- 0930 Fleet passes Canary Wharf Pier.
- 0945 Feet is scheduled to arrive at Tower Bridge. The yachts will sail under its iconic archway before sailing back out again.
- 1035 Teams will sail into St Katharine Docks in groups of four in reverse overall standing order.
- 1250 The winning team is expected to sail into St Katharine Docks.
- 1300 Prize giving on the main stage.
Where to view the parade
Thousands of supporters and well wishers are expected to take over the St Katharine Docks Race Village.
Fans will also line the banks of the River Thames to see their favourite team sail home.
There is also the chance to view the parade of sail on one of the official spectator boats.
These leave from the Thames Barrier and will follow the fleet up the River Thames to St Katharine Docks.
The Race Village at St Katharine Docks will feature exhibits by the Clipper Round the World Race partners and food vendors selling some of London’s best street food.
This will include Korean, American, Greek and Malaysian for a taste of flavours around the world in celebration of the global race.
Exhibitors at the Race Village include the RNLI and official race charity Unicef.
Technical clothing partner Henri Lloyd will be there to provide the opportunity to learn more about the kit that gets the crew around the world. There will also be a range of marine clothing and lifestyle apparel.
Visit the Garmin Cycle Challenge to put your fitness to the test or see if you have what it takes to be a crew member on the Harken grinder challenge.
To take away memorabilia of the day, or to even sign up for 2017-18 race, visit the Clipper Race Merchandise stand.
Big screens showcasing the Clipper Race TV series will run from 29- 31 July as will the chance to get out on the River Thames for stand up paddle boarding.
By Stef Bottinelli and Katy Stickland
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