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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011-12

This is archived information about the Clipper 2011-12 Race Start event in July 2011. To view information on the Race Return event in July 2012, please visit our 2012 Clipper page.

Ocean Village is very proud and excited to be hosting the race start of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011-12. If you are planning on visiting, we hope you will find the following information useful.

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About Clipper Round the World Race

Clipper Yachts at Ocean VillageVia 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.

Read more on the official Clipper Round the World website.

How to get here, parking, etc.

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

Programme of events

16:00 Race Village opens. Onstage: Old Thumper Dixie 5
17:30 Arrival ceremony of Clipper fleet in Ocean Village
19:00-20:00 Onstage: Vox Pops Choir
20:00 Race Village closes
10:00-11:30 Yacht naming ceremonies
15:15-15:45 Gold Coast and Geraldton Western Australia yacht naming ceremonies
16:00-17:00 Onstage: Future Chasers
17:30-18:30 Onstage: LIVE TV (swing band Chris Walker Swingtet)
19:00-19:30 Onstage: ‘Til Dusk
20:00-20:45 Onstage: Rufus Stone
21:00-22:00 Onstage: Toploader
22:00 Race Village closes
11:00-14:00 Onstage: Street Vibes – street dance and BGT acts
12:00 Edinburgh Inspiring Capital yacht naming ceremony
14:30-15:30 Onstage: Vox Pops Choir
15:30-16:00 Welcome to Yorkshire yacht naming ceremony
16:00-16:45 Onstage: Neko Roshi
17:15-18:15 Onstage: It Must Be Madness
18:45-19:30 Onstage: Parade
20:00-20:30 Onstage: GWEIDO
21:00-21:50 Onstage: Delays
21:50-22:00 Fireworks display
22:00 Race Village closes
10:00 Race Village opens
10:00-10:30 Onstage: Paul Casey
11:00-12:00 Onstage: Ukelele Band
12:00-13:15 Onstage: Departure events start. Clipper Race crews join their boats.
13:15 Clipper fleet blessing
13:30-14:00 Clipper fleet departs Ocean Village for the race start at Cowes
15:00-16:00 Onstage: Caribbean Lights
16:30 Clipper Race start off the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, Cowes
16:35-17:00 Onstage: JUNK
17:00 Race Village closes

Timings and events may be subject to change.