The very first Clipper Race started on Wednesday 16 October 1996, with the eight-strong fleet of 60-foot yachts departing Plymouth, UK for the American port of Fort Lauderdale via Madeira. The inaugural race’s route took in ports including the Galapagos, Hawaii, Yokohoama, Salvador and the Azores before returning to Plymouth on 14 September 1997.

“We were in a vast, open expanse of utter wonder,” explains Elizabeth Bluck, a crew member on board Arial.

“Phosphorescence that looked like fireworks, stars of breath taking brilliance, shades of turquoise and aquamarine in the wash of the waves. There were moments of terror - particularly coming up on night watch, cold and wet and lonely, the boat at 45 degrees, waves washing over the cockpit. “The tiredness was overwhelming. We rarely slept properly: we would all get up for sail changes, or to pack spinnakers. We slept to weather, so every tack meant moving the sails to the opposite side and sleeping on the opposite bunk.

“The days passed. We saw a light at night - another boat in the distance - and eventually, after thousands of miles, we sailed in to Yokohama, having won the sector from Honolulu.

“Port meant showers, warmth, dry clothes and getting drunk on the first sip of beer. Then some of the crew went skiing, others went exploring. There was the joy of seeing flowers again, of walking in parks. And of the telephone. “Almost too soon, it was over and we were off again from Yokohama to Shanghai - a race that proved to be one of the hardest since the boats had left England. Ras was in his element - it was all hands on deck almost the entire time. “It was very cold, very wet and very exciting. We ripped a spinnaker and spent 24 hours non-stop sewing it together again in sweatshop conditions on the floor of the cabin. Sleeping bags were wet; my hair felt like bird's- nest soup. We hit 40-knot winds and extremely high seas. I was thrown across the cabin and bashed my head and fainted into a spinnaker we were packing. It was all part and parcel of a high-energy race.”

 

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First Name Last Name Race Boat
Elizabeth Haynes 1996-97 Thermopylae
Richard Armstrong 1996-97 Thermopylae
David D’Costa 1996-97 Thermopylae
David D’Costa 1996-97 Thermopylae
Katie Jones 1996-97 Thermopylae
Nicola Reeve (Jones) 1996-97 Thermopylae
David Morgan 1996-97 Thermopylae
David Radford 1996-97 Thermopylae
Sharon Adnams 1996-97 Taeping
John Best 1996-97 Taeping
David Cullen 1996-97 Taeping
Liz Garnham 1996-97 Taeping
Henry Welch-Thornton 1996-97 Taeping
Neil Aldam 1996-97 Serica
Richard Burchell 1996-97 Serica
Ian Campbell 1996-97 Serica
Andrew Chadwick 1996-97 Serica
Peter Crowley 1996-97 Serica
Tom Earls 1996-97 Serica
Robin Newman 1996-97 Serica
Ian Marsh 1996-97 Serica
Nicola Thatcher 1996-97 Serica
Colin (Dr) Steinlechner 1996-97 Serica
Freddie Andrews 1996-97 Blackadder
Robert Brown 1996-97 Blackadder
Daniel Hurdley 1996-97 Blackadder
Claudio Pacozzi 1996-97 Blackadder
Andrew Sabin 1996-97 Blackadder
Alastair (Dr) Taylor 1996-97 Blackadder
Paul Von Arx 1996-97 Blackadder
Julie Ashworth 1996-97 Chrysolite
Keith Derwent 1996-97 Chrysolite
Alan Fyfe 1996-97 Chrysolite
Malcolm McGregor 1996-97 Chrysolite
Philip Beaver 1996-97 Ariel
Graham Howe 1996-97 Ariel
Andrew Mcleay 1996-97 Ariel
Gill Rice 1996-97 Ariel
Petter Steff-Pedersen 1996-97 Ariel
Paul Clark 1996-97 Antiope
Robert Drohan 1996-97 Antiope
Jonathon Hayes 1996-97 Antiope
Keryn Henwood - Fox 1996-97 Antiope
Mark Le Lay 1996-97 Antiope
Peter Reeve 1996-97 Antiope
Clare Aquilina (Weyman) 1996-97 Antiope
Richard Dannreuther 1996-97 Mermerus
John Hailstone 1996-97 Mermerus
Laura Hatch 1996-97 Mermerus
Alaistar Johnson 1996-97 Mermerus
Emma Stent 1996-97 Mermerus
Anne Abbott 1996-97
Mandy Ackroyd 1996-97
Martin Anderson 1996-97
Stephen Andrews 1996-97
Anne Ashworth 1996-97
John Assheton 1996-97
Sue Aubrey 1996-97
Michael Baines 1996-97
Tassy Barham 1996-97
Chris Barnet 1996-97
Paul Barnicoat 1996-97
Simon Barter 1996-97
Roger Barwick 1996-97
Georgina Bassett 1996-97
Peter Beaman 1996-97
James Bell 1996-97
Angela (Dr) Blount 1996-97
Elizabeth Bluck 1996-97
Greg Bourne 1996-97
Jean Branston 1996-97
Ian Briggs 1996-97
David Broadley 1996-97
Alan Brown 1996-97
Nick Brown 1996-97
Simon Brown 1996-97
Andrew Bruce 1996-97
Joanna Burchell 1996-97
James Byng 1996-97
Andrew Cameron 1996-97
David Carr 1996-97
Trudy Carr 1996-97
Jocelyn Cassey 1996-97
Ian Cawley 1996-97
Elizabeth Chapman 1996-97
Elizabeth Charles 1996-97
Adam Cole 1996-97
Paul Colodonato 1996-97
Mark Cotter 1996-97
Tony Covill 1996-97
Philip Crewe 1996-97
James Cripps 1996-97
David Cullinane 1996-97
Rachel (Dr) Darrah 1996-97
Ray Darvill 1996-97
Joyce Deane 1996-97
Graham Denning 1996-97
Claire Edey 1996-97
Mary Ellement 1996-97
Pamela Erskine 1996-97
Simon Fayers 1996-97
Susan Fletcher 1996-97
Soren Foged 1996-97
Richard Foster 1996-97
Helen Fox 1996-97
Leslie Frith 1996-97
David Galloway 1996-97
John Gardner 1996-97
Paul Gardner 1996-97
David Gawne 1996-97
Amanda Gibbs 1996-97
David Gibby 1996-97
Phil Gray 1996-97
Colin Griffiths 1996-97
Gertie Gueterbock 1996-97
John Haynes 1996-97
Fiona Hill 1996-97
Donald Hills 1996-97
Melanie Hills 1996-97
Alison Hollands 1996-97
Duncan Hollobone 1996-97
Khong Joe Howe Kok 1996-97
Pat Hurley 1996-97
Delia Jevons 1996-97
Paul Johnson 1996-97
Eifion Jones 1996-97
Michael Kadenacy 1996-97
Michael Keane 1996-97
Peter Kerr 1996-97
Andrew Kimmerling 1996-97
David Kittle 1996-97
Emma Gueterbock 1996-97
Peter Latimer 1996-97
Peter Lawler 1996-97
Peter Lim 1996-97
Gina Machin 1996-97
Philip Mackereth 1996-97
David Mansfield 1996-97
Andy Marshall 1996-97
Louise Marshall 1996-97
Colin Matthews 1996-97
Tim McCarthy 1996-97
Lindsey Mcquire 1996-97
Andrew Michell 1996-97
Penny Miles 1996-97
Tim Miller 1996-97
Brian Montgomery 1996-97
Robert Moore 1996-97
Julian Morgan 1996-97
Andrew Morris 1996-97
Mike Mundy 1996-97
Gillian Napier 1996-97
Julia Newbold 1996-97
Brian Nixon 1996-97
Penny Noble 1996-97
Mike Norton-Griffiths 1996-97
Andrea Oakes 1996-97
Thomas O’Donohue 1996-97
Jill Ogilvy 1996-97
Wendy Pankhurst/Bird 1996-97
Sandy Parker 1996-97
Robert Paterson 1996-97
William Payne 1996-97
John Perrin 1996-97
Katherine Price 1996-97
Ashley Pritchard 1996-97
Claire Quigley 1996-97
Paul Reed 1996-97
Julie Regester 1996-97
Patrick Rooney 1996-97
Adam Rope 1996-97
Linda Roper 1996-97
Kate Ross 1996-97
Neil Rushton 1996-97
Chris Russell 1996-97
Tony Salter 1996-97
Nigel Scott 1996-97
Francis Sexton 1996-97
John Short 1996-97
Carl Slater 1996-97
Jo Smith 1996-97
June Smith 1996-97
Loretta Smith 1996-97
Louise Soloway 1996-97
Edward (Dr) Southall 1996-97
Derek Sparks 1996-97
Sandra Spencer 1996-97
Dennis Sprague 1996-97
Peter Stafford 1996-97
Michael Staker 1996-97
Richard Standring 1996-97
Sandra Staples 1996-97
Claire Stewardson 1996-97
Audrey Tilley 1996-97
Malcolm Tod 1996-97
Mark Tugham 1996-97
Daniel Tye 1996-97
Makoto Umezawa 1996-97
Michael Venables 1996-97
Maria Vere-Davies 1996-97
Stuart Wall 1996-97
Andrew Ward 1996-97
Bob Webb 1996-97
Gay Webb 1996-97
Katrina Westbrook 1996-97
Katie Whitehead 1996-97
Gordon Whiteley 1996-97
Chris Wilcox 1996-97
Jane Williams 1996-97
John Williamson 1996-97
Alyson Wilson 1996-97
Sylvia Winchester 1996-97
Crispin Winser 1996-97
Alan Witts 1996-97
Tim Wood 1996-97
Hugh Worsnop 1996-97
Nigel Yonge 1996-97
Michael Yue 1996-97
Brian Lanham-Love 1996-97
Graham Ansley 1996-97
Marcus Oshry 1996-97
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