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Wednesday, 01 October, 2003
Race reflections
The Clippers in Liverpool, start of the Clipper 2002 race, and the finish as well
Liverpool, the start and finish of Clipper 2002

What an extraordinary race from Liverpool to Liverpool, via the rest of the world!


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Like it or not, the Clipper 2002 Round the World Series is now over. Many reading this will have been closely involved with the race for the last year. Whether we have been sailing in it, supporting it or running it, Clipper 2002 is an event that has dominated many lives over the last year and more.

It is the longest race on Earth in distance and also in time and, for many of us, it has been an all encompassing experience.

Ultimate goal

Jersey Clipper, skippered by the Isle of Wight's Simon Rowell, claimed an impressive 12 podium places on the 16-race series and took first place on the overall leaderboard.

Simon Rowell
Simon Rowell

The triumphant crew scored 4 race victories in all, winning into Colon (Panama Canal), Galapagos, New York and Holyhead, so the Jersey team can truly hold their heads high - not least because they have now achieved the ultimate goal in sailing, having raced around the globe.

The brave and talented heroes who have bashed and crashed their racing yachts through the world's oceans have been supported by so many others; family supporters, media, ports and yacht clubs, racing enthusiasts, the various organising staff, sponsors, well wishers and most importantly the supporting cities!

Safely and in style

With this in mind, the eight teams have enjoyed a cracking Round the World Yacht Race with a combined fleet total of over 300,000 miles raced. They sailed safely and in style - both of these factors have only been achieved because of the efforts of everyone concerned.

It is easy to think solely of the racing aspect of the Clipper 2002 Series, but the event has also promoted an interest in sailing to many who would never have followed or taken part in it before.

School children

It has drawn together communities, cities and countries and, with the help of the inspired Liverpool City Council schools programme, brought school children throughout the world closer together.

Successful civic delegations have opened trade and commercial opportunities around the globe, whilst the sailors have brought a truly competitive sporting event into the heart of each city stopover.

The race has also drawn people into the I.T. world, some who would never have dared cross this threshold, and the Clipper 60 yachts have tested and developed racing equipment, as a flagship for the industry.

Justifiable reward

Race organisers, Clipper Ventures plc, certainly had their share of curved balls over the 11 months of this race, but all were played successfully.

The greatest testimony and justifiable reward was evident on Saturday, 27 September, when the most spectacular yacht race finish took place in Liverpool, UK. With over 80,000 people celebrating in the award-winning Albert Dock, this proved to be a real tribute from this proud, hospitable and forward looking city.

The Clipper 2002 Race Director, Colin de Mowbray, concluded: 'We can all be justly proud of this event, but my overriding pride is to see the changes in the crew as they make their sad farewells around the Albert Dock.'

Colin de Mowbray
Colin de Mowbray

'They are vastly different from when they set off 11 months ago with their doubts, fears and apprehension. These individuals are special. They are the ones who did not just talk about what they might do in life.

They are the ones who have done something and done something very special.
I have total admiration for them, and now you mention it there is a difference, I could swear that as they walk confidently around the Albert Dock, they are all three inches taller.'


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