The first ever RORC Round Britain and Ireland started on 5 June 1976 and since then it has been operating on both a stopping and non stopping basis.
Clipper entered the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland campaign in 2009 and the event proved to be a great success with two Clipper 68s joining the race for the first time.
Following the popularity of the 2009 Round Britain & Ireland race and our Fastnet campaigns, Clipper is running its own Round Britain & Ireland Race in 2012, sailing on the fleet of Clipper 68s after they complete the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race.
The fleet of clipper 68s are identically matched making for close and competitive racing.
The event will be a fully crewed non-stop race covering 1,760 miles and is open to up to six Clipper 68s.
Two training courses have been scheduled to ensure all participants are able to learn to work as a team and get to know the Clipper 68s, practicing tacking, gybing, reefing, spinnaker work and safety procedures.
For those with less experience* on our yachts there is an additional training course scheduled a little earlier in the year.
These training sessions will complement crew members’ current skills and experience, ensuring that all teams are fully prepared for ocean racing when they cross the start line.
In the past twelve years, Clipper Ventures has trained over 4,000 ordinary men and women to sail round the world and around 40 percent of crew had no previous sailing experience. We employ highly trained skippers and mates to ensure our crews receive the very best preparation for ocean racing - the same high standards exist for all our ocean racing and adventure sailing events.
Clipper Events is planning on racing up to six of the stripped down Dubois-designed Clipper 68 round the world racing yachts into the 2012 Clipper Events Round Britain & Ireland Race.
Skill levels will vary from seasoned ocean racers who have already competed in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to relative novices eager to build miles and learn from the experience. Regardless of past experience, all will have the same focus of competition and a desire to come together as a winning team.
Clipper invites teams of novice and experienced sailors alike to join us in the 2012 Clipper Events Round Britain & Ireland Race . Please download the 2012 Clipper Events Round Britain & Ireland Race brochure.
Price £2,640 plus vat per person for the event: approximately 22 days sailing, including training and the race itself. If you are interested in joining us for this challenging and unmissable race please contact us.
Great experience with fabulous crew and a spectacular fleet of boats. We'll be back for more next year!
Very many thanks for a safe and exhilarating race, my first but not my last. Looking forward to the next one.
The experience was fabulous, I can't wait for the pictures. I would go again now if I had the opportunity!
J.P. Morgan - RTI Race