Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Presentation – NYC this Saturday!

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailClipperRace_IrelandPosterClipper Round the World Yacht Race calls on Irishmen and women to take on 40,000 mile global challenge The world’s longest ocean race is heading on a national crew recruitment drive across Ireland, looking for adventurers to take on the global challenge of a lifetime and achieve something extraordinary in the famous Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race. Race organisers and former race crew will host a series of free crew recruitment talks around the country, starting in the National Yacht Club on Saturday 31 January. Seventeen Irish crew took part in the Clipper 2013-14 Race, some of whom had no previous sailing experience, such as 40 year old Conor O’Byrne, a Garda from County Meath who circumnavigated the globe on the Derry~Londonderry~Doire yacht and spent more than eleven months at sea crossing Mother Nature’s toughest oceans. Conor, who will attend the crew event in the NYC, says: “For about 20 years I had a desire to sail around the world to test myself against elements of nature.  With the Clipper Race, I feel I have more than achieved my goal. I have had experiences which will last with me a lifetime. Experiences that only a few will understand or ever get the chance to live through. It was a huge decision to sign up, but one I will never regret.” Now in its nineteenth year, the Clipper Race, which was founded by legendary sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail single-handed and non-stop around the world in 1968/9 is unique. It is the only event where people from all walks of life, regardless of previous sailing experience, can race around the world under sail. The Clipper 2015-16 Race will start on Sunday 30 August 2015 from the South of England, returning almost a year later after completing eight challenging race legs which will take crew across six continents and many of the world’s most remote oceans. 80 per cent of crew places are now filled but there are still places available on most legs. Crew can sign up to complete either the full circumnavigation or individual legs, and all training is provided in the overall cost. Each of the fleet of 12 yachts is sponsored by a company, city, region or country around the world and is led by a professional skipper. Derry-Londonderry will be represented for the third consecutive time in the biennial event. The former 2013 City of Culture will host and enter a yacht in the race in the next edition, following the success of its campaign skippered by local man Sean McCarter last year. Clipper Race recruiter and circumnavigator in the 2009-10 race, Della Parsons says: “More and more people are looking for something different these days, something extraordinary that will really push their limits and test the boundaries of what they thought they were capable of, and that is exactly what the Clipper Race does.”   To RSVP attendance please email   For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Claire Glancy, PR Officer Office: +44 (0) 2392 526 000 UK mobile: +44 (0) 7792 408 695 Email: For more information, go to   Tempting… [insert headline here]   Not so tempting… ClipperRace1