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Leg 8
The Atlantic Homecoming Leg

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Route New York, USA - Europe - UK Share LinkedIn Google+ Reddit StumbleUpon

While this might be the homeward bound leg, there is plenty of racing still to be done. With more individual races, an Atlantic crossing and homecoming, this is one of the most sought-after legs on the race. And, with almost 40,000 miles of racing already behind you, there are still valuable racing points to be won. Third place on the overall race has been decided on the last race of Leg 8 on the last two Clipper Race editions.

The weather might be mixed but the competition is hot, with teams battling it out for the final race points. The first race takes you north and a check of the sea temperature will tell you when your racing yacht is getting a helping push from the Gulf Stream. A further check will tell you when it gives way to the cooler Labrador Current and the mixture in seawater often produces unpredictable fog banks. Your last ocean race across the Atlantic might seem like familiar ground, especially to a Round The World crew, but don’t take this mighty ocean for granted. You need to stay focussed, race hard - and sail safe. The route will have waypoints to avoid any risk from ice and will take your close to the Flemish Cap, a fishing ground made famous by the book and film, The Perfect Storm.

Then it’s a 2,000-mile blast back towards Europe and one of the warmest welcomes of the whole race in Derry-Londonderry. A week long celebration to mark your achievements - you can expect concerts, festivals and an endless flow of Guinness!

With your odyssey almost over, it’s a great place to gather your thoughts and put your achievements into perspective. But still the challenges come thick and fast. A short and intense race from Ireland back to the finish port, more important race points to collect and a hero’s welcome. More people have climbed Everest than sailed around the world. Round The World members of the Clipper Race crew are about to join that small and elite group. These final miles have all the pressure of extra time in the World Cup final. Although it’s not just the winners who receive a hero’s welcome...

Stats

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the only event of its type. Anyone, even if they have never stepped on a boat before, can join the adventure.

Leg 88
3 Races
15°C - 25°C
4,894mi / 7,876km
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Duration
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A drag race sprint from start to finish line or a marathon tactical battle across the world’s largest oceans enduring weeks at sea; each of the 16 races provides a unique challenge to each and every crew member.

Countries Visited

A drag race sprint from start to finish line or a marathon tactical battle across the world’s largest oceans enduring weeks at sea; each of the 16 races provides a unique challenge to each and every crew member.

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Leg 1
5200 miles
33 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
Atlantic Ocean crossed
Aug - Sep 2017
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Leg 2
3400 miles
18 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
South Atlantic crossed
Oct - Oct 2017
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Leg 3
4750 miles
23 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
Southern Ocean crossed
Oct - Nov 2017
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Leg 4
4328 miles
28 days at sea
2/3 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing as such - Indian/Southern and Pacific
Nov 2017 - Jan 2018
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Leg 5
6300 miles
53 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing
Jan - Feb 2018
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Leg 6
5700 miles
33 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
North Pacific crossed
Feb - Apr 2018
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Leg 7
5400 miles
38 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing
Apr - Jun 2018
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Leg 8
3350 miles
22 days at sea
2/3 races
4 ports
North Atlantic crossed
Jun - Jul 2018
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Leg 1
5200 miles
33 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
Atlantic Ocean crossed
Aug - Sep 2017
View Leg
Leg 2
3400 miles
18 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
South Atlantic crossed
Oct - Oct 2017
View Leg
Leg 3
4750 miles
23 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
Southern Ocean crossed
Oct - Nov 2017
View Leg
Leg 4
4328 miles
28 days at sea
2/3 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing as such - Indian/Southern and Pacific
Nov 2017 - Jan 2018
View Leg
Leg 5
6300 miles
53 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing
Jan - Feb 2018
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Leg 6
5700 miles
33 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
North Pacific crossed
Feb - Apr 2018
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Leg 7
5400 miles
38 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing
Apr - Jun 2018
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Leg 8
3350 miles
22 days at sea
2/3 races
4 ports
North Atlantic crossed
Jun - Jul 2018
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