, 2022-09-05 05:43:16,
A month has already gone by since the epic finale of the Clipper 2019-20 Race in London’s Royal Docks. Having safely returned the fleet of Clipper 70 racing yachts to their home in Gosport, Hampshire, the re-fit is now fully underway with the Maintenance Team working hard on getting the fleet back in shape after over three years and 40,000 miles of ocean racing around the globe.
Once back at Clipper Race HQ, we caught up with the Clipper Race Skippers about their highlights, the Race Finish celebrations, and how it feels to have finished the Clipper Race.
Image: Qingdao skipper Chris Brooks celebrates with AQP Al Jay and his Race Crew
Skipper of the winning Qingdao yacht, Chris Brooks, spoke about the moment that Qingdao won the Clipper 2019-20 Race, and how it felt to lead the Parade of Sail into London: “To watch the joy and emotion on everyone’s faces, people breaking into tears, hugging each other and just cheering was just incredible. People were overjoyed, but also sad, or even feeling relief, so there were a lot of heightened emotions flowing at the same time. It was such a privilege to watch, as I’ve led these people for over 40,000 miles, and now everything has culminated in this moment of exhilaration.
“Leading the Parade into London was immense. It was an experience that you won’t really get doing anything else, I can’t put a comparison on it. As the Skipper I was still in control of the boat, motoring in close quarters with the other boats, so I…
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