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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011-12

Clipper Yachts at Ocean VillageAfter 40,000 miles of circumnavigating the globe in some of the most challenging sea conditions imaginable, the ten yachts participating in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011-2012 are making their way back to Southampton, the same place they started their amazing journey a year ago. Ocean Village Marina is once again very proud and excited to be hosting the Clipper fleet at their race finish and the crew’s emotional homecoming, where they will be reunited with family and friends.

If you are planning on visiting, we hope you will find the following information useful.

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How to get here, parking, etc.

You will find comprehensive parking information and directions for your visit to Ocean Village on our Getting Here page.


Please note that we are expecting thousands of visitors at this event. If you are having problems parking in our own multi-storey Ocean Car Park on the day, alternative parking provisions may be found on this parking map published by Southampton City Council.

Programme of events

Ocean Village will be hosting a day of free celebrations, live music and an air display to mark the crew’s extraordinary achievement and the end of their epic challenge. The day’s entertainment has been organised by host radio stations Jack FM and The Breeze. Everyone is welcome to join the festivities at Ocean Village.

10:00 Clipper Race Roadshow open all day
Find out more about the race and what it takes to circumnavigate the world.
10:00-11:00 Clipper Race Crew Recruitment Presentation in Clipper Marquee
11:00 Race Village opens at Ocean Village
11:00-14:00 Fluid Motion Theatre Company
This touring theatre company will be performing some of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays – and will be encouraging the general public to ‘have a go’ with them!
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11:15-11:45 The Jade Millington Performers
Southampton’s own Street Dance crew will be entertaining the crowds with their sensational and high-energy dance performance.
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12:00-12:15 Live music: MC Neat & KH
‘You Don’t Know’ is the debut single for 22 year old singer, KH. It marks the collaboration between this charismatic Welsh artiste and MOBO Award-winner and legendary Godfather of Garage, MC Neat. Recently KH supported the global soul legend Jocelyn Brown for two sold-out nights at London’s Jazz Cafe. No stranger to success, MC Neat has had three consecutive Top 10 hits in the UK in 1999 and 2000 (‘A Little Bit of Luck’, ‘Master Blaster’, ‘Aint No Stoppin’ Us’).
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12:15 Clipper 11-12 Race yachts parade up Southampton Water
The fleet will arrive at Hamble Point Cardinal at approximately 12:15 and will begin their parade up Southampton Water towards the Weston Shelf. If you would like to join the yachts on the water for their arrival, please see the notes on the flotilla below. The ten Clipper yachts will be led by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in Suhaili, the yacht in which he sailed to become the first non-stop solo circumnavigator in 1968-69. Scenes of the parade will be broadcast live into the marina on a giant screen for the public to enjoy. Full details for spectators lining Southampton Water can be found in this two page leaflet and map produced by Clipper.
12:30-13:00 Live music: Harry Hammersmith and the Flyovers
Southampton-based soul and jazz band.
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13:00 Air Display by “The Yaks”, over Ocean Village
The Yakovlevs aerobatic display team will be treating spectators to an amazing 12-minute air show. The four planes’ pilots – Willy Hackett, Dan Denham, Jon Herod and Den Harkin – will be enduring g-forces ranging between +6.5 and –4 while they fly in tight formations complete with smoke, exciting aerobatics, high speed passes and breath-taking crosses. Make sure you don’t miss this spectacular show which will be visible from the marina.
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13:30 Clipper 11-12 Race yachts arrive in Ocean Village Marina
The yachts will begin to arrive into the marina one by one from 13:30.
14:30 Clipper 11-12 Race prize giving, Ocean Village
15:30-15:50 Live music: Luke Adams
Acoustic singer/songwriter and 2010 winner of Talentcall, the South’s biggest talent competition.
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16:00-16:20 Live music: Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill are Rhiannon, Meisha & Evangeline – an all-girl, 15-year-old pop group.
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16:30-16:50 Live music: Harry Houseago
Self-described as ‘Singer, songwriter, guitarist, dog lover from London’, Harry is currently on tour throughout the UK (on course to include 100 gigs in 10 weeks), promoting his new release ‘Bicycle That Can Fly E.P.’.
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17:00-17:20 Live music: Danny Shah
Hot on the heels of his YouTube sensation, We Are Connected, which amassed over 800,000 views, Danny Shah is now delivering brilliant stage performances which have earned him great reviews and a string of festival dates over the summer.
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17:30-17:55 Live music: Honey Ryder
Despite rejecting the traditional route into the record industry, Honey Ryder have gone from strength to strength since releasing their debut album in 2008. They have since had two UK Top 40 hits, supported the likes of Michael Bolton, Will Young, and Hue & Cry, performed at the SXSW festival in Texas, and are just about to release their second album, ‘Marley’s Chains’, which is described as ‘a pop album with its feet in folk and country that sounds both classic and contemporary’.
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18:00 Ends

The festivities support the RYA’s ‘Push the Boat Out’ campaign which invites boaters across the country to take to the water to showcase sailing to the nation.

Joining the fleet on Southampton Water


Local boat owners are invited to join the flotilla as it escorts the Clipper Race fleet up Southampton Water. To register your boat in the flotilla please email Spectator boats are advised that there is a strict formation, separation and procedures which must be adhered to at all times. Further details for mariners can be found in this two page safety leaflet and map from Clipper. In addition, the ABP Harbourmaster has published Notice to Mariners 2012 No. 22(T) which relates to this event. Skippers should also pay close attention to Notice to Mariners 2012 No. 23 regarding the Precautionary Area north of Cowes.

Local RIB companies, UK RIB Charters, Sea Dogz and Nauti Buoys will be operating out of Ocean Village for those keen to get out on the water to escort the Clipper fleet up Southampton Water. Please direct all enquiries to:

UK RIB Charters 023 8140 6000
Seadogz 01425 621995
Nauti Buoys 07786 622709

Blue Funnel Cruises’ Ocean Scene has been chartered by White-Ocean. The tour will meet the Clippers and follow them back into Ocean Village.

Contact us

If there are any omissions or errors on this page, or if you would just like to contact us about the Clipper event, please email Please note that we are a community-based website that promotes the marina and connects its community of residents, visitors and users. This website is not managed by MDL Marinas. Should you wish to contact MDL Marinas about the running of this event, please find their contact details on their website.

About Clipper Round the World Race

Via 40,000 miles of ocean racing and around 450 people facing the challenge of a lifetime. When the starting gun goes off for the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race in August 2011 the fleet of ten sleek, stripped down 68-foot yachts will embark on a full circumnavigation of the globe.

It’s not easy and only those with a firm desire to live life to the full apply. They come from all walks of life, all backgrounds and from all corners of the globe. It’s the only race in the world where the organisers supply the fleet of ten identical, 68-foot, stripped down racing yachts – each sponsored by a city, a region or a country – and man them with ten fully trained skippers, employed to lead the crews safely around the planet.