Jamaica for Clipper Race
The Jamaica Tourist Board will field an entry in the Clipper Round the
World Yacht Race for the first time when one of the yachts competing in the
07-08 edition of the race bears the name of the Caribbean nation. The race,
which starts in Liverpool on 16 September 2007, will also call into Port
Antonio, Jamaica, during the 35,000-mile circumnavigation.
Although Jamaica will compete for the first time alongside yachts
representing cities including New York, Glasgow, Singapore, Durban, Qingdao
and the state of Western Australia, the Clipper fleet has enjoyed the
country’s hospitality before. The ten 68-foot ocean racing yachts berthed
at Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio during a port visit on the Clipper
Jamaica will be officially named in Albert Dock, Liverpool, at 12.30pm on
Saturday 15 September in a ceremony attended by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston,
Chairman of Clipper Ventures Plc.
Jamaica’s skipper, Simon Bradley, was very pleased to hear the news
commenting, “I’m ecstatic. I couldn’t be more pleased to be representing
Jamaica. It is a country with a great identity, recognised around the
world. I’m very proud.”
Simon competed as a crew member on the winning yacht, Bristol, on the Times
Clipper 2000 Race and now, as a fully-qualified skipper, is the only
professional sailor on board.
The fleet is due to arrive in Port Antonio, Jamaica on 19 May 2008 and will
leave on the start of leg seven on 25 May, heading north towards New York.