Clipper Race prepares for St Katharine Docks celebration

By Rob Virtue on July 10, 2014 3:47 PM |

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After 10 months sailing choppy waters around the globe, a group of intrepid sailors will return to St Katharine Docks on Saturday.

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race left the east London venue on September 1 last year.

It saw crews take in some of the most finest scenes on the planet, battle violent storms and endure a number of injuries, including seeing a Tower Hamlets resident evacuated and hospitalised.

Yachts will be arriving at the dock at around 12.45pm, where there will be a festival atmosphere taking place.

But organisers are encouraging fans to cheer on the boats across the east of the capital.

They will be heading past the Thames Barrier from 11.48am and The O2 at 12.01pm.

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They will reach Greenwich at 12.12pm before heading up to the Canary Wharf Pier at 12.30pm.

The prizegiving will take place at the finishing spot from 1.30pm to 3pm.

The St Katharine Docks race village will be open from 9am until 6pm on Saturday and on Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Among the stands will be one from the Jamaican Tourist Board celebrating the return of its clipper Jamaica Get All Right.

There will also be live music, drumming, dancers and food from across the world.

The teams - made up of 260 sailors - are currently racing across the North Sea to the finishing line.