...time to sail
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2013-2014 Clipper Race
yachts depart from
Derry~Londonderry on Sunday
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As the 2013-2014 Clipper Race yachts depart from Derry~Londonderry on Sunday we’ll send them off in the LegenDerry style they arrived!
Thousands of spectators will be out in force again on Sunday morning to bid an emotional bon voyage to the 12 Clipper Race yachts.
Members of the public are urged to be in place at the quayside from 10am onwards on Sunday to get the best views of the departures from the Foyle Marina.
The crews will make their way to their respective boats between 9am-9.30am and MC Mark Patterson will begin his commentary for the departure of each boat.
Team songs adopted by each boat will ring out across the Marina as the lines are cast in preparation for the Parade of Sail at 11am.
It is expected that the yachts will depart at three minute intervals with the biggest cheers as always for the local boat, Derry-Londonderry-Doire , still basking in the glory of winning the race from New York to its home port.
The departure of the Clipper Race fleet for Greencastle to begin Race 15 to Den Helder in The Netherlands, is certain to be an emotional farewell.
The aptly titled ‘Time To Say Goodbye’, and other songs including ‘Danny Boy’ will be sung during the Parade of Sail around 12 noon. The performers include mezzo-soprano Doreen Curran, accompanied by Ruth McGinley.
LegenDerry singer-songwriter Johnny Duhan will also perform his hit, ‘The Voyage’ which celebrates its 30th year.
The yachts are expected to arrive in Greencastle from 2pm where they will await the race start.
The famous Red Arrows will stage a stunning aerial acrobatics display beginning at 2.45pm to mark the official start of the 15th race - The OneDLL Cup - which beings at 3.45pm.
Traffic management plans will be place in both Greencastle and Magilligan during the event.
Again, spectators are urged to arrive early and adhere to traffic and travel advice issued by Donegal County Council and Limavady Borough Council.
Spectators in Greencastle will be able to avail of a range of viewing points along the coastline as well as from the village green. (See Traffic & Travel on the Festival Info section of our website for more details).
Limited space will be available at Magilligan Point where a park and ride service will be in operation.
There will also be vantage points from Downhill to Benone Strand (parking is permitted on Benone beach but motorists are urged to exercise care as it is expected to very busy); Bishop’s Road – between Magilligan and Castlerock – including Gortmore View Point; Mussenden Temple and Downhill Estate (these are National Trust properties so an admission charge may apply). (See Traffic & Travel on the Festival Info section of our website for more details).
Come and be part of one of the most exciting events to be held in 2014 to welcome the return of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2014 at the LegenDerry Maritime Festival.
From 21-29 June the City will be alive for the homecoming festival when we will welcome the 12 strong fleet of Clipper 70 yachts into the Foyle including the Derry~Londonderry~Doire entry skippered this time by the City's own Sean McCarter accompanied by his LegenDerry crew.
This event will enable families, visitors, marine and sailing enthusiasts to enjoy a host of exciting and diverse maritime activities from visiting yachts and boats. Whether you want to get on board the Clipper Race Yachts, soak up the action by learning to canoe or sailing a dingy or if you're happy to just go with the flow of the festival there's something to suit everyone. Come on, dive in and blow your inhibitions out of the water!