Pictures: Round the World Clipper Race returns to London

By Rob Virtue on July 14, 2014 3:41 PM |


Henri Lloyd pipped the GREAT Britain team to first place as the Round the World Clipper Race returned to St Katharine Docks at the weekend.

It came 11 months after the ships, made up of experienced sailors and amateurs who quit their job for a year to sign up, left the east London venue for the mammoth trip.

Canadian Skipper of Henri Lloyd, Eric Holden, said: "This is a very special moment for the team and I to be crowned champions.

"The welcome into London has far exceeded our expectations and it has been an incredible day."

In total, 670 crew members from 42 countries took part in the race. Thousands lined the River Thames as the teams returned on Saturday.

A festival was held at St Katharine Docks until Sunday.

Despite coming second overall GREAT Britain won the last stage into London. Skipper Simon Talbot said: "Coming first into our home port in the final race topped off a remarkable series of memories that topped off our whole experience.

"The honour of leading the GREAT Britain team around the world is something I will be proud of for as long as I live."

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