Answer: The Foyle Maritime Festival (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 pass through Lough Foyle and sail into the city’s marina – purpose built to welcome these magnificent yachts each year.
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 (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):
We are Together Festival; Clipper Quay Maritime Food Markets; the Phoenix tall ship; the Parade of Light Spectacular; 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!
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 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.
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.
Offshore each yacht uses at least 1,000 wet wipes per week, which are then disposed of in port.
Whilst racing, each crew member burns around 5,000 calories a day.
In the Clipper Race there are around 700 crew members in total; 40:60 women to men ratio.
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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