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Hull & Humber sets off around the world

10 teams of amateur sailors set off from Hull on 13 September, on the first leg of the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race. Thousands gathered at Hull’s marina and along the banks of the Humber to cheer the yachts on their way as they set sail on the world's only round-the-world-race for non-professionals.

What is our region’s interest in the race?
Among the yachts is the distinctive Hull & Humber, in its orange and white livery, which is sponsored by Yorkshire Forward. The sponsorship is part of our 5-year partnership with Clipper Ventures plc, designed to take the region of Yorkshire & Humber out into the world and to boost international trade and tourism into the region.

What does the race involve?
This is the world’s longest and most exhilarating race of its type, attracting huge international attention and offering the region a superb opportunity to raise its profile. The 10-month voyage will cover 35,000 miles around 5 continents before returning to the Humber finish-line in July 2010. Last year, Hull & Humber came second overall—so fingers are crossed for first place in 2010.

Who’s on board?
Members of the team come from all walks of life, including a student, company directors, a surgeon and a hospital consultant.

Want to track the progress of the race?
Visit the Clipper 2009/10 website and keep up with the Hull & Humber on their own team website