This race started from Liverpool on the 16th of September 2007. There are 10 identical international yachts competing in the event. Each yacht is sponsored by a city or a country. This race is organized by Clipper Ventures which was founded by legendary sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo and non-stop around the world in 1969. The aim of Clipper Ventures is to give ordinary people to opportunity to sail around the world.
Each of the yachts is skippered by an experienced yachtsperson. The crew however is made up of18 amateurs usually drawn from the boat’s home area. The race lasts for 10 months and is broken up into legs. Each of these legs is divided into smaller individual races between the different ports on the leg.
The yachts started the 5th leg of the race from Fremantle on New Year’s Day 2008, with the next destination being Singapore. It was a slow start as the Fremantle Doctor (sea breeze) failed to kick in. It was still a spectacular sight though, seeing the yachts being led out of the inner harbour by the Leeuwin.
The Leeuwin II was launched in 1986 and is Australia’s largest ocean going tall ship.