Jamaica back in Clipper global yacht race

Jamaica back in Clipper global yacht race

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Topics: Travel & Leisure

For the third time, Jamaica will field an entry in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – a 40,000-mile, 11-month adventure at sea that will deliver global promotion to Jamaica and boost tourism in scenic Port Antonio when the 12 new state-of-the-art ocean racers arrive at the Errol Flynn Marina at the end of Race 12 in May 2014. The Jamaica Clipper, which is dubbed “JAMAICA – Get All Right” for the 2013-14 edition, is sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and was previously featured in the 08-09 and 09-10 editions.

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The founder and chairman of the Clipper Race, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said, “We are extremely pleased to welcome back a Jamaican entry, in what is the largest ever edition of the Clipper Race.

“In both the 2007-08 and 2009-10 editions of the Clipper Race, Jamaica was one of the most popular locations amongst our crew. The race will provide the perfect platform for the Jamaica Tourist Board to continue to showcase Jamaica to an international audience.”

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At a spectacular parade on London’s River Thames on September 1, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the Jamaican High Commissioner to the UK, Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, and Pete Stirling, the skipper for the Jamaica yacht, christened the boat with a bottle of Appleton Estate 21 year old  Jamaican Rum.

Skipper, Pete Stirling, will be sailing the Jamaican yacht entry for the second time, having skippered “Lighting Bolt” in 09-10. In the first race of 2013-14 (England to France), the Jamaica Clipper finished 10th.

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