About the Race

“We have one very simple philosophy – finish the race by saying, “That’s the best thing I have done with my life.” I hope you will add, “So far,” because then I know we have truly widened your horizons.”

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
(Chairman and Founder of Clipper Ventures)


CLIPPER 2019-20 Race


▪ The Clipper Race is the world’s biggest round-the-world ocean race, and is also regarded as one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet.

▪ At 40,000 nautical miles long and taking almost a year to complete, it consists of eleven teams competing against each other on the world’s largest matched fleet of eleven 70-foot ocean racing yachts.

▪ Over 700 crew are expected to take part in the 2019-20 edition. Crew can choose to take part in either the entire race or one or more of its eight legs.

▪ The Clipper 2019-20 Race will set sail in summer 2019 marking the event’s twelfth edition. It will return some eleven months later.

▪ The Clipper Race was established in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-69. His aim was to allow anyone, regardless of previous sailing experience, the chance to embrace the thrill of ocean racing.

▪ 40 per cent of crew are novices and have never sailed before starting a comprehensive training programme ahead of their adventure. It is the only event of its kind for amateur sailors.

▪ There is no upper age limit, the oldest competitor to date was 74. Crew must be aged 18 or over before starting the race.

▪ Sir Robin founded the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 1996 with an overriding ambition to make the sea accessible to people from as many walks of life as possible. This unique challenge brings together everyone from chief executives to taxi drivers, nurses and firemen, farmers, Olympians, airline pilots and students.

Quite literally, learning the ropes and sail handling during Level 2 training on the English Channel in September 2018. For many of us, it was the first time we had sailed on a watch system and slept at sea.

The Clipper 70 Racing Yachts

For those who know a thing or two about racing yachts, check out the specifications of the Clipper 70 racing yacht here. For the rest of us, for whom the language and culture of ocean racing remains unintelligible, all you really need to appreciate is that these yachts are enormous and go extremely fast. And below decks there are no home comforts. These are stripped down ocean racers, designed for speed, not crew comfort.