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Clipper Round the World Yacht Fleet Returns on Sunday

Clipper Yachts at Ocean VillageA fun-packed day of free entertainment has been organised to welcome home the crew taking part in the Clipper 2011-2012 Round the World Yacht Race. After more than 40,000 miles at sea, and 51 weeks of ocean racing, Ocean Village is getting ready to celebrate the end of world’s longest ocean race in style.

Thousands of people are expected to turn out and welcome home the crew, made up of over 40 nationalities, who swapped their ordinary day jobs to take part in the world’s longest ocean race. The fleet of ten racing yachts set sail from Ocean Village, Southampton on 31st July 2011 and will arrive back in the marina for their Race Finish on Sunday 22nd July 2012 after nearly a year at sea.

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Clipper 11-12 Race to Come Home to Ocean Village

The end of July 2011 was an exciting time at Ocean Village as it hosted a four-day long festival culminating in the start of the Clipper 11-12 Race. Sunday 31st July was an emotional day for many as the families and friends of the participants gathered to say their farewells as each of the ten yachts set sail and headed over to the Isle of Wight to line up in readiness for the race to begin. You can read our full coverage of the launch event, and see pictures and video, on our dedicated Clipper Race page. It was a great event.

Well it seems that we may yet have more to come!

It has just been announced that Southampton City Council, MDL Marinas (who own and operate Ocean Village) and race organisers Clipper Ventures are preparing for the return of the fleet on Sunday 22nd July 2012 and they have once again chosen Ocean Village to host the event. It could have gone elsewhere and it was by no means certain that it would return to Ocean Village but the whole launch festival clearly impressed the organisers. Clipper Race Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said, “We anticipate another great reception when the fleet returns next July after its year-long circumnavigation. The crews are ordinary people who have done something extraordinary in taking on some of the world’s toughest oceans. They deserve a heroes’ welcome.”

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Clipper 2011 – Video of the Yachts Leaving Ocean Village

The Yachts all Lined up at Ocean VillageThe hosting of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race by Ocean Village has been a great success! Be sure to take a look at our dedicated Clipper 2011 page where you can view photos from the event.

If you didn’t manage to see the Clipper Yachts as they departed from Ocean Village, or perhaps you would just like to see it all again, then take a look at this short video. Watch each team as they slip away to head for the starting line at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The world’s longest yacht race has started; next stop Madeira.

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The Clipper Race Festivities End and the Yachts Set Sail

Clipper Yachts at Ocean VillageFour days of Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011 festivities came to an end today and the race itself has now begun. It was a fantastic day at Ocean Village. The sun shone and huge crowds arrived to enjoy the entertainment and say goodbye to the yachts before they set sail. For many it was also an emotional day as the families and friends of the participants gathered to say their farewells. The crowds cheered and ships in the marina sounded their whistles as each yacht slipped off of their moorings. There was a great party atmosphere.

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Day Three of Ocean Village Clipper Race Festivities

Clipper Yachts at Ocean VillageDay three has been a full, eventful and exciting day at Ocean Village. The entertainment was great and the fireworks brilliant. Here is a selection of pictures taken throughout the day.

Today (Sunday) is the BIG day when the yachts set sail. If you can, get yourself down to Ocean Village and be part of it.

For the programme of events and more information take a look at our dedicated Clipper 2011 page.

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Day Two of Ocean Village Clipper Race Festivities

Clipper Yachts at Ocean VillageHere are some photos from day two (Friday) of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race celebrations at Ocean Village.

For the programme of events and more information take a look at our dedicated Clipper 2011 page.

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Day One of Ocean Village Clipper Race Festivities

Clipper Yachts at Ocean VillageHere are some photos from day one (Thursday) of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race celebrations at Ocean Village. These pictures show the arrival of the boats into Ocean Village as well as views around the marina and the welcome celebrations. Thanks to Lisa Carr for providing us with many of these photos.

For the programme of events and more information take a look at our dedicated Clipper 2011 page.

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Preparations Begin for the Clipper Round The World Race

2011 Clipper Race PosterOn Monday the surface car park was shut to the public (please use the Ocean Car Park on Ocean Way if you are visiting) and, since then, Ocean Village has been a hive of activity as preparations begin for the 2011 Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race. The flags and banners are now up, as is the VIP marquee on the Promontory. And today the food concessions started to arrive.

A look at the events timetable below will show you just how much will be going on between 28th and 31st July.

On Sunday the helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious will follow the competing yachts as they sail to the start line. Alongside and behind will be a flotilla of spectator boats as the parade of sail makes its way out of Southampton Water to the historic Royal Yacht Squadron line.

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Round the World Yacht Race Less Than One Month Away

Clipper Race on the OceanThe start of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race from Ocean Village, Southampton is now less than one month away. Celebrations to mark the start of the 40,000-mile race will take place at Ocean Village, beginning with the arrival of the ten 68-foot yachts on the afternoon of Thursday 28th July and culminating in their departure and parade of sail in Southampton Water on Sunday 31st July. This will undoubtably be yet another great event at Ocean Village.

A press release from clipperroundtheworld.com report that tens of thousands of people are expected to visit Southampton over the weekend for the colourful, atmospheric and emotional spectacle. As well as the ten yachts, each named after a city, region or country around the world, the event will include live music, stalls and entertainment. The line-up on the main stage will be announced in the coming weeks.



There will be a raft of free, family-friendly entertainment in the race village while the yachts and their crews, ‘people like you’ drawn from all walks of life and representing more than 40 nationalities, make their final preparations before they say goodbye to their loved ones and set sail on the 12-month challenge – the sailing equivalent of climbing Mount Everest.



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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race at Ocean Village

Clipper Race on the OceanGreat news for Ocean Village!
Following hot on the heels of the successful Southampton Sports Boat and RIB show it has today been announced that the The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will return to Southampton. Not only that, it will start from Ocean Village! This will undoubtably bring a lot of people here as well as the media and raise the profile of Ocean Village.

The following is an extract from the Clipper Round the World Press Release.

The Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race will start from the historic maritime city of Southampton on the south coast of England on Sunday 31 July 2011. At 40,000 miles the event is the world’s longest sailing race and will take the ten identical 68-foot ocean racing yachts almost a year to complete their circumnavigation of the globe.

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