Clipper Round the World Yacht Race returns to the River Mersey for a thrilling finale
We were up at the crack of dawn to line the shores of the River Mersey this morning for a spectacular display on the Mersey.
Having circumnavigated the world for the last 11 months, more than 700 crew made 13 international stops before heading back to the Royal Albert Dock this morning for the final of the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2017/18.
Watch above as our cameras capture all the action and the huge scouse welcome at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.
The Race Village at Albert Dock was packed with visitors from around the world as families, friends and former crew mates assembled on the waterfront to welcome the teams home. Our very own, Liverpool 2018 or ‘the pink panther’ as she’s been nicknamed came into sight just after 9:30am and received a huge roar from the crowds, battling wind and rain to offer up a proper scouse welcome.
The Clipper Round The World Yacht Race set off on the River Mersey back in August of last year and has since visited ports such as New York, Montevideo, Sanya in the Southern China sea and Cape Town in South Africa, racking up a total of more than 40,000 nautical miles.
Making history, the Sanya Serenity Coast clipper from China won this years race overall with Skipper, Australia Wendy Tuck becoming the woman to lead a team to victory, with 25 year old British Skipper, Nikki Henderson, bringing in Visit Seattle to take second. Let’s hear it for the girls!
The Albert Dock is hosting the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race village for the next with stalls and activities for all ages to check out. Our own clipper, Liverpool 2018 is also moored in the dock itself and you can climb on board to check it out for yourself all next week. Don’t forget to check out the giant, 24,000lt wine box and VR from the RNLI too!