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7-23-2012. After 12 long hard months at sea the 11-12 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has come to its conclusion. It was an amazing site in Southampton as thousands of people turned out to watch the arrival of this year’s champion Gold Coast Australia.
Gold Coast Australia crossed the finish line at 4:07 AM GMT, where they were met by a large crowds and celebrations. As they sailed in skipper Richard Hewson proudly stood on the helm of his Yacht: Gold Coast Australia. He witnessed people applauding his team as they sailed into Ocean Village Marina. While at the Marina Richard described his team’s enormous achievement:
“It has been an amazing adventure. From the start we’ve had plans to dominate the race and we’ve definitely done that. It’s been very competitive and we’ve been racing against some fantastic teams and have had very tough competition all the way.
We’ve achieved so much more than we ever set out to, won so many races and podiums, but to stand on the stage as overall winners at Race Finish is unbelievable. The fantastic crew of Gold Coast Australia, amazing support from our sponsor and followers have all been part of making this happen,” he said this as he accepted his teams’ Winning Trophy on the stage.
The Founder and Chairman of Clipper Round the World Sir Robin Knox-Johnson who was the first person to sail non-stop around the world solo, led a parade of yachts through the Waters of Southampton to celebrate a successful Round the World Yacht Race.
Crowds were present all day on the dockside of the Ocean Village Marina in Southampton. They welcomed home the crews from their year-long challenge of grueling sprints across long oceans, back breaking sailing conditions which included violent storms, still calms, hot burning sun and freezing numbing cold.
One thing that makes the Clipper Round the World Yacht race really unique is that none of the racers participating are professionals! For all 10 yachts, all of the crews are non-professionals who decided to leave their daily lives behind for a year and take up a challenge of sailing 40,000 long miles for one year around the world.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnson had this to say about the team’s achievement of the year-long challenge “All the crew members have achieved something special with their lives. They have ventured out across the oceans of the world facing nature in the raw, whether it be the stifling heat and calms of the doldrums or the ferocious storms of the North Pacific and Southern Oceans. They have become great seaman and should all be justifiably proud of their achievement.”
The 11-12 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the 8th edition in what will become a long line of Yacht Races that will forever be part of sailing culture. The Clipper Round the World race is the longest race of its kind in the world! It is the only race that takes place on 6 of the 7 continents, and has more than 4,000 ordinary people doing something extraordinary.
I have to say looking back on all of the events of this years races that being out on one of those yachts enduring all of the challenges and hardships must make it seem like that it is the loneliest place in the world!
I believe that all 10 of these yacht crews raced not for victory, not for glory or bragging rights but to show the world that no matter where you come from or you who are if you put your mind to it and work as a team no matter how great the challenge is you can overcome it and accomplish the task!