Clipper Race: Liverpool


Location:Albert Dock

Date:Thursday 26 - Sunday 29 July

Time:10am - 6pm


Welcome the Clipper Race home to Albert Dock. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race returns to Liverpool. Don’t miss the opportunity to welcome the fleet home. Experience the atmosphere as the Race Crew return to Albert Dock following their 40,000nm circumnavigation, an extreme endurance challenge like no other on the planet.

Clipper Race: Liverpool
Clipper Race: Liverpool

One of the biggest round the world yacht races will return to the city on Saturday 28 July with a sprint finish which will determine the sought-after podium places for one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet.

The dramatic climax will take place on the River Mersey, in front of the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, from 10am, and once all the team yachts have crossed the finish line, they’ll take part in a magnificent parade of sail along the River.

It will include Liverpool’s very own yacht Liverpool 2018 which, thanks to its eye-catching pink design, has been making waves at each port it has visited around the world.

Step on board the magnificent 70-foot ocean racing yacht Liverpool 2018 and discover what it takes to embark on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Imagine life at a 40º angle above and below deck and meet courageous Race Crew recently returned from an epic 40,000nm endurance challenge like no other. Open times may vary. Click HERE for details

Thousands are expected to head to the waterfront to watch the impressive sight, culminating in the fleet berthing at the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. The action will then continue on dry land as hundreds of people who make up the crews will take part in a colourful, noisy parade to the Pier Head where the official prize giving ceremony will take place.

To celebrate the return of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, there will be a programme of performances and activities taking place at the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool from midday to 6pm on Saturday 28 and midday to 5pm on Sunday 29 July.

It will feature local arts organisations which represent Liverpool and the other port cities and countries visited by the yachts since they set sail on 20 August last year. There will be performances from Katumba South American drum ensemble, One Latin Culture musicians and Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra and dancers.

Families will be able to enjoy street theatre, arts and crafts making activities of national flags of the port countries visited and face painting.

Clipper Race: Liverpool
Clipper Race: Liverpool

This unique challenge brings together everyone from chief executives to taxi drivers, nurses and firefighters, farmers, airline pilots and students, from age 18 upwards, to take on Mother Nature’s toughest conditions. There is no upper age limit, the oldest competitor to date is 74.

Whether they choose to take on the whole circumnavigation or compete in one or more of eight individual legs, all our crew achieve something remarkable as they conquer some of the world’s most challenging oceans.

The overall route is split into a series of global races and a maximum 12 points going to first place ascending to 1 point for twelfth place. The team with the highest cumulative points at the end of the final race wins the series, and the Clipper Race trophy.

As the crew race they also raise funds and awareness for Unicef, the official Clipper Race charity, to help children in danger all around the world who face a very real challenge of their own every day. In the last race, Clipper Race crew and staff raised over £320,000 for the cause.

After setting off at Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock in August 2017, the 2017-18 Clipper Race will return to Liverpool on 28 July 2018. For more information, go to: