After all the preparation and the training, the twelve 70 feet yachts today leave the safe harbour of St Katherine’s Dock and the razzamatazz of the start of London to sail serenely down the Thames to begin the World’s longest yacht race properly.
Watching the yachts sail around the Isle of Dogs it a worth reminding ourselves the ordeal that face the crews.
Once out into the English Channel they will be racing past Spain onto the Canary Islands and then on to South America, the 5630 mile journey will take around 33 days using the Trade Winds but hoping to avoid the Doldrums. This first leg is only the first step of a race that will test boat and crew to the limit.
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