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Around the world in ten small clippers

14 September 2007 by Sam

yacht in the Albert Dock

The Liverpool clipper

This weekend sees the start of an incredible adventure for ten intrepid sailing crews as the Clipper 07-08 round the world yacht race sets off from the Albert Dock. This challenging race will take them over 35,000 miles, visiting 14 ports in 5 continents before returning to Liverpool next July.

You can see the clippers in the Albert Dock over the next couple of days while the crews make their final preparations. I went down to check out their colourful new liveries after a visit to the Maritime Museum earlier today.

The Glasgow clipper seems to have been inspired by the Black Pearl from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ – it’s looking very sleek now in black and is flying the Jolly Roger flag. I hope that they’re not tempting fate and don’t attract any pirates (although I may change my mind about that if they’re ahead of the Liverpool clipper in the race as I will of course be supporting the home team).

You can see more photos on a Flickr slideshow of the clippers in the Albert Dock.

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