Sails : Sails 25 April May 2014
The Clipper training program consists of four levels, of which the first three will be conducted from Sydney on the 68s, with the final level four completed on the current fleet of Clipper 70 yachts when they return to the UK following this year's event, in their final preparations to take part in the next edition of the Clipper race due to sail in 2015-2016. According to Clipper Ventures, the initial interest among Australians has been high, which is not surprising when you consider that Australians make up the second largest contingent in the current 2013-2014 edition of the Clipper race, after the UK that represents some 68 percent of crew sailing in this year's event. The cost of undertaking Level 1 Clipper training is in the order of 1,000 pounds sterling (around AU$1,800) after which the participant must decide and commit to sail at least one leg in the next 2015-2016 edition of the Clipper Round the TACK & GYBE 042 ANTHONY TWIBILL / ROLEX / DANIEL FORSTER RACE READY Above: Kirsty Whyte and Jim Dobie of Clipper Ventures Australia. Right: A Clipper 68 powers upwind enroute to Hobart in the recent 2013 race. World race in order to continue on to the next stage of the training. Level 1 consists of a week long, live-aboard introductory course, with a couple of days initial training on the yacht's set-up and procedures conducted in the settled confines of Sydney Harbour, before heading offshore for a week--andjustataste--ofthe Clipper life at sea. As for major ocean races including our own Rolex Sydney Hobart, the minimum age to participate in the Clipper Round the World Race is 18 years. There are generally 20 amateur crew sailing aboard each of the 12 Clipper 70s, with each crewmember paying for their great adventure racing one, a few, or every ocean crossing leg of this great undertaking. A professional skipper leads these amateur crews of various sailing experience around the world. According to Kirsty Whyte, whilst the primary purpose of the two Sydney-based Clipper 68s is for training & recruitment specifically for the Clipper Race (there are a further eight UK-based Clipper 68s used for the same purpose in the Northern Hemisphere) the two locally-based boats are also planning to enter major Australian races as ocean sailing experience for their 'amateur crews in training'. It is expected these may include such events as the Sydney Gold Coast, Sydney Hobart, and possibly some Queensland regatta weeks too, depending on the Clipper 68s' training schedules. The boats will also be well utilised for 'corporate sailing' experiences on Sydney Harbour throughout the year, focusing on teamwork strategy exercises and match-racing aboard what are without a doubt two of the most proven ocean racing yachts in our local waters. www.clipperroundtheworld.com Participants must decide and commit to sail at least one leg in the next 2015-2016 edition of the Clipper Round the World race in order to continue on to the second stage of the training.
Sails 24 February March 2014
Sails 26 June July 2014