Thousands to welcome Derry clipper along River Foyle

Derry clipper
Image caption The clipper passes Greencastle, County Donegal, on the way to Foyle port

Thousands of people are expected to line the River Foyle on Monday morning to welcome home the Derry-Londonderry-Doire yacht.

The yacht has won the home leg of the Clipper Round the World yacht race.

The win puts the crew in fourth place and in contention to challenge for the third spot on the podium.

Thousands of people are expected to line the quay to welcome the crew at about 11:00 BST.

The 2,800-mile leg from New York to Derry was the 14th stage in the 16-series race.

The arrival of the race into Derry had been delayed because of poor weather conditions caused by light winds and high pressure in the Atlantic Ocean.

Some of the yachts had been expected to arrive in the city on Saturday, but will now start to arrive on Monday.

Derry is the penultimate stopover on the world's longest ocean race, which left London in September.

A nine-day maritime festival, with a race village, summer promenade and sea-faring activities began in Derry on Saturday.

Up to 100,000 people are expected in the city during the programme of events.

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