The Clippers arrive: Derry~Londonderry's Foyle Maritime Festival

Question: where in the world will you find the following: a music festival, twelve 70-foot ocean racers, a walled city and a tall ship this summer?

The local favourite: Derry~Londonderry~Doire
The local favourite: Derry~Londonderry~Doire

Answer: The Foyle Maritime Festival (9-17 July), Derry~Londonderry city.

It doesn't take much for Derry~Londonderry to throw a party, but in this case, the celebrations are warranted. For the third time, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race (the arrival of which can be viewed from the Magilligan Martello Tower in Limavady) will sweep into Foyle Marina in true clipper style.

Speeding into the North Atlantic, the vessels will ease into the narrow mouth of Lough Foyle - home, if you should believe it, to its very own monster. Next, it will scoot through the broad lough and into the city's marina via the River Foyle, spanned by the elegantly curved Peace Bridge.

And, should the sight of twelve 70-foot racing yachts (including the local favourite Derry~Londonderry~Doire) racing each other into Derry~Londonderry not prove enough to float your boat (pardon the pun), there's plenty more to get excited about.

The Foyle Maritime Festival (9-17 July)

For an entire week the city will serve up a staggering collection of festivals, concerts and seafaring puns.

On the menu is (deep breath):

The Music City weekend; Clipper Quay Kitchen Food Festival; Dragon Boat racing; the Phoenix tall ship, the Ubuntu Festival of World Cultures and a chance to mix with the crews and visit the yachts.

Impressed? We sure are.

Read on for some fabulously fascinating facts about the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race. You'll be glad you did!

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10 facts about the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the world's longest ocean race at 40,000 miles.

Points are accumulated in a Formula 1-style scoring system. The yacht with the highest total points at the finish wins the Clipper Race Trophy.

There are 224 different types of medical supplies on board each yacht.

The Clipper 2015-16 Race is sailed by ‘people like you’. More than 230 different professions are represented from nurses to GPs, pilots to farmers, film directors to surfing instructors, head teachers to students and the whole range of occupations in between.

The skippers are the only professional sailors in the Clipper Race. They guide their amateur teams (up to 24 on a boat) around the world as fast and safely as possible.

The fastest boat speed recorded on the Clipper has been 32.6 knots. The Qingdao team set this new record during Race 2.

Offshore each yacht uses at least 1000 wet wipes per week, which are then disposed of in port.

On each yacht, Round the World crew members spend on average at least 504 hours of their life standing behind the wheel during the race.

Whilst racing, each crew member burns around 5,000 calories a day.

In the Clipper 15-16 Race there are 690 crew members in total; 237 women and 453 men.

Don’t know much about Derry-Londonderry? You’re missing out. Read about the walled city here and explore the county here.

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