About the race

This is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other. With no previous sailing experience necessary, it’s a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht. All that is asked of participants is a good level of fitness, an age over 18 - and a thirst for adventure into the unknown. Divided into eight legs and 14 to 16 individual races, you can choose to complete the full circumnavigation or select individual legs. It is the only race in the world where the organisers supply a fleet of twelve identical racing yachts, each with a fully qualified skipper to safely guide the crew.

Normally the domain of seasoned pros, this supreme challenge is taken on by ordinary, everyday people. Having completed a rigorous training course, participants are suited and booted in the latest extreme protection gear to commence the race of their lives - an unparalleled challenge where taxi drivers rub shoulders with chief executives, vicars mix with housewives, students work alongside bankers, and engineers team up with rugby players.

The sea does not distinguish between Olympians or novices. There is nowhere to hide - if Mother Nature throws down the gauntlet, you must be ready to face the same challenges as the pro racer. Navigate the Doldrums en route to South America, endure epic Southern Ocean storms, experience South African sunsets, face the mountainous seas of the North Pacific - and bond with an international crew creating lifelong memories before returning victorious.

Applications are now open for the 2017-18 and 2019-20 editions of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Seize the moment, unleash the adventure. Click here to apply.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Scoring Guide

The series is divided into 14 to 16 individual races and points are accumulated in a Formula 1-style scoring system.

The winner of each stage is awarded twelve points, the second eleven points and so on down to one point for twelfth. The yacht with the highest cumulative points wins the Clipper Race Trophy.

Teams can also gain bonus points at strategically placed Scoring Gates or by winning Ocean Sprints. Points can be lost by infringing the Racing Rules, Sailing Instructions or by damaging boat equipment or sails.

With all boats identical and budgets equal, no one has a head start. It’s the ultimate long distance match race and the winners are those who keep their focus the longest.


Clipper Ventures Plc

Clipper Ventures Plc is the international marine events company founded by legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and CEO William Ward, in 1995. It is focused on developing and promoting major events capable of attracting significant participation, media coverage and associated partnerships.

It was on founded on the premise that sailing should be made available to everyone, regardless of age or experience. More than 3,500 people have now competed in the nine editions of the Clipper Race.

The company owns a fleet of twelve matched Clipper 70-foot and ten matched Clipper 68-foot racing yachts.

It also owns the rights to the professional solo round the world VELUX 5 OCEANS race and runs a successful events division, Clipper Events. Offering corporate boat charters, team building and development programmes.

Its headquarters is based in Gosport, UK with a corporate events and ocean racing training academy in Sydney, Australia.


Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

More than 40 years have gone by since Sir Robin Knox-Johnston made history by becoming the first man to sail solo and non-stop around the globe in 1968-69.

One of nine sailors to compete in the Times Golden Globe Race, Sir Robin set off from Falmouth, with no sponsorship, on 14 June 1968. With his yacht Suhaili packed to the gunwales with supplies he set off on a voyage that was to last just over ten months. He arrived back in Falmouth after 312 days at sea, on 22 April 1969, securing his place in the history books.

Sir Robin wanted everyone to have the opportunity to experience the challenge and sheer exhilaration of ocean racing because there are far more flags of success on the top of Mount Everest than on the high seas.

Among many other races, in 2007 Sir Robin has circumnavigated again in the VELUX 5 OCEANS race at the age of 68. For his latest challenge, Sir Robin will compete in the 10th anniversary edition of the Route de Rhum race which starts in St Malo, France, on 2 November 2014, and finishes at the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.