Clipper fleet keel bolts to be checked

The Clipper 05-06 Round the World Race has been delayed for at least a month while major inspections of the keel bolts are carried out. Clipper Ventures will cover the costs for crews to be flown home from Subic Bay in the Philippines whilst the 10 68 footers are checked out.

The marine events company’s fleet of boats is currently berthed in Subic
Bay in the Philippines after being diverted during Race 6 from Singapore
to Qingdao due to keel problems.

In a statement issued to crews at Subic Bay Yacht Club on Thursday
morning, Clipper Race Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston explained that the
work on the ocean racing yachts is likely to take around a month and
arrangements will be made for crews to travel home whilst repairs are
carried out.