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Gold Coast Australia set sail from Southampton, England for Madeira on the first leg of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race.

The event, Ôraced by people like youÕ, is the worldÕs longest ocean race at 40,000 miles and set off from Southampton this afternoon. It is the first time since 2004 that a round the world yacht race has started from the iconic sailing grounds of the Solent and the large community of sailing and boating enthusiasts turned out in force to witness the spectacle under blue skies and eight to ten knots of breeze.

The Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race started from Southampton on the south coast of the UK on 31 July 2011. The route will take the crews of the ten, identical 68-foot yachts via Madeira, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Qingdao in China, California, Panama, New York, Nova Scotia, Derry-Londonderry in Northern Ireland and Netherlands before returning in July 2012 to the south coast of England.

For more information and to arrange interviews contact Heather Ewing: hewing@clipper-ventures.com or Zoe Williamson: zwilliamson@clipper-ventures.com, telephone +44 (0) 2392 526000 or visit www.clipperroundtheworld.com.
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