“Henri Lloyd – 50 Years of Pioneering Spirit” was named in glorious sunshine at St Katherine’s Dock, London on Saturday (31st August 2013) morning before it started it’s 40,000 mile adventure with the rest of the fleet yesterday from Tower Bridge.
Sir Robin Knox Johnston hosted the event, with Paul Strzelecki, Joint Chief executive of Henri Lloyd. The boat was christened by Martin Strzelecki, Joint Chief Executive and his wife Jenny, and Paul’s fiancée, Jenny Braham.
Paul Strzelecki, Joint CEO of Henri Lloyd explained “The name “Henri Lloyd – 50 years of Pioneering Spirit” was chosen to reflect the relationship between Henri Lloyd and the individuals who over the past five decades have taken on the challenges of this type of adventure. To undertake this type of voyage successfully an individual has to possess inventiveness, resourcefulness and sheer strength of character. At Henri Lloyd we constantly pioneer technological advances in foul weather gear to enable sailors compete more safely and effectively.
“We are so proud to be able to support the boat and be associated with her crew and wish them all well on their amazing voyage!”
Race 1, to Brest France has officially started offshore at Southend this morning at 0830 UTC (0930 BST). Here is what Skipper Eric Holden has to say:
“I’m not anxious and I think my calm outlook is reflected in the rest of the team. I have done a lot of weather routing in advance and I have looked ahead to see what is expected throughout the whole race.
“The first race is going to be a real sprint, so the first podium results may not reflect how the rest of the race will run. We look forward to getting into more of a stride once we head for Rio.”
Good luck to all aboard “Henri Lloyd – 50 Years of Pioneering Spirit” we will be watching and keeping you updated on their progress throughout the race.
Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race
The Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race will start on Sunday 1 September from St Katharine Docks London, and return almost a year later after completing the 40,000 miles route, making it the world’s longest ocean race. The event was established by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to give everyone, regardless of sailing experience, the opportunity to discover the exhilaration of ocean racing. 650 people representing more than 40 nations will compete in the Clipper 13-14 Race on twelve brand new 70-foot yachts designed by renowned naval architect Tony Castro. It’s the largest race ever. Crew members can sign up for the whole circumnavigation or one or more of eight legs. The only qualification for the race is the minimum age of 18 (there is no upper age limit) plus a thirst for adventure. The overall race is divided into individual stages and points are accumulated in a Formula 1-style scoring system. The yacht with the highest total points at the finish wins the Clipper Trophy.
About Clipper Ventures Plc
Clipper Ventures Plc was established in 1995 by legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-69. Sir Robin founded the company on the premise that sailing should be made available to everyone, regardless of age or experience. So he launched the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 1996. The company owns and operates its own matched fleet of ocean racing yachts and so far more than 3,000 people have competed in the eight editions of the Clipper Race to date. The company also owns the rights to the professional solo round the world VELUX 5 OCEANS race and runs a successful events division offering corporate sailing and development programmes. Today Clipper Ventures is recognised as a leading international marine events company which is focused on developing and promoting major global events such as the Clipper Race.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
It’s 45 years since Sir Robin Knox-Johnston set off on his record breaking solo and non-stop circumnavigation in 1968-69. Now, as Executive Chairman and founding Director of Clipper Ventures Plc, he is at the forefront of promoting round the world yacht racing. Sir Robin has been involved in sailing all his life and holds a Department of Transport Master’s Certificate. He set the record for the fastest circumnavigation with Sir Peter Blake. In 2007; he completed his second solo circumnavigation when he competed in the VELUX 5 OCEANS race. Sir Robin has considerable experience of the administration of round the world races having served on the Whitbread Race committee from 1990 to 1994 and having organised the BOC Challenge Round the World Race in 1982 and 1986. He has been named RYA/YJA Yachtsman of the Year an unprecedented three times and participated in the 2010 Sydney-Hobart race at the age of 71.