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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston commissions new fleet:
Sailing legend, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, commissioned the new, third generation Clipper fleet which come into service for the Clipper 13-14 Race.
Clipper Ventures PlcÕs chief executive, William Ward, believes the race has carved a unique niche in the market which has given the UK based company the confidence to commit to a multi-million pound (GBP) investment in a new fleet in order to meet the growing demand from crews and sponsors.
He says, ÒWe have amassed huge experience in the last 15 years. The Clipper Race is the only event of its type in the world. We have had to develop robust crew training, race management, international relations and business development expertise. Crew places on the last race sold out well in advance and Clipper 11-12 is set to do the same. We will therefore be using the 2011 London International Boat Show to launch our crew recruitment drive for Clipper 13-14 and beyond.
ÒWe will also be revealing details of the design of our third generation Clipper fleet which will come into service for the Clipper 13-14 Race. Designed by UK based naval architect, Tony Castro, the 70-foot yachts will be built in China and fitted out by UK and international suppliers. The fleet will increase from ten to 12 yachts, with an option for a further four. We are all delighted by the inspiring design.Ó
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