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Clippers race from Greencastle to London 25.07.22

THE Clipper Race fleet officially started their final race from Greencastle at 6pm yesterday, following a rainy but wonderful departure from Foyle Marina in Derry.
Race 15 is a short but tactical sprint of 860nm, taking the fleet north around the top of Scotland, sailing through the tricky conditions of the Pentland Firth and then to the North Sea, before making their way to the mouth of the Thames, finishing in Southend, London.
Clippers approach their final race start at Greencastle
As the final sails disappeared over the horizon, Derry was reflecting on a fantastic five days of celebration as the Foyle Maritime Festival said farewell to the Clipper Race Fleet, and drew the curtain reluctantly to a close on an amazing event

The rain wasn't enough to dampen the spirits, as crowds gathered to wave them off from the quayside, and the crew danced and cheered as they left for the official race start in Greencastle.
Parade of Sail yesterday in Derry
On Saturday evening the weather curtailed the festivities with a slightly earlier closing time as the downpours moved in. Popular activities on day 3 of the Foyle Maritime Festival included the special showcase event, the Parade of Light and fireworks display.
Foyle Maritime Festival Parade of Light and fireworks display.
It's the fifth maritime celebration of its kind to be held in Derry, and marks the ten-year anniversary since Derry City and Strabane District Council first partnered with Clipper Ventures as a host port in the internationally acclaimed Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

The Clipper Race fleet arrived in fine style on the Foyle just over a week ago after finishing their penultimate race in the global adventure and have been central to the quayside festivities, before they finally took their leave in a spectacular Parade of Sail yesterday.

You can find out more about the festival at www.foylemaritime.com .
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