Viewing cruise is planned for the return of the Clipper Race

Fri, July 6th, 2018

Mersey Ferries announces a special viewing cruise that will sail alongside the..

The viewing cruise will include live music from The Liverpool Shanty Kings and commentary about the World Yacht Race, which has lasted 11-months and covered a 44,000-nautical mile circumnavigation of the globe

Eleven Clipper vessels are set to sail back into Liverpool on Saturday, July 28 with a thrilling sprint finish expected to decide the winner of one of the world's most challenging endurance races.

And Mersey Ferry passengers are being given the chance to get up close to the final leg of the race, on the River Mersey in front of the Royal Albert Dock.

The exclusive Mersey Ferries viewing cruise will sail alongside the 70-foot racing yachts and give passengers a unique opportunity to view the parade of sail as the yachts return from an 11-month, 44,000-nautical trip around the world to cross the finish line.

The viewing cruise, which starts at 10am, will include live music from The Liverpool Shanty Kings, live commentary about the race and a fascinating insight into the maritime history of Liverpool. A licensed bar and light snacks will be available to buy on board the ferry, as passengers enjoy the three-hour cruise to celebrate the occasion.

Gary Evans, from Mersey Ferries said: “When the Clipper Race was launched in Liverpool last summer it was a wonderful celebration. It brought together amazing sailors , marine enthusiasts and the general public for a momentous occasion, which we’re sure will be recreated on the return of the vessels in July.

“We’re really pleased that the Mersey Ferries are involved in such an iconic event and our viewing cruise will allow passengers the chance to get up close to the vessels and feel like they’re part of the exciting conclusion to one of the world’s toughest endurance races.”

“We wish all the teams the best of luck as they approach the final. We look forward to being there on the day to cheer them home.”

Tickets for the viewing cruise are priced at £30 per person, with boarding taking place at Seacombe Ferry Terminal, Wirral at 10am and the Pier Head Ferry Terminal, Liverpool at 10.10am on Saturday 28th July.

The Clipper Race is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other. With no previous sailing experience necessary, teams sail a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht.

Divided into eight legs and 13 to 16 individual races, the global route has included stopovers in South America, Cape Town, Sydney, Sanya and Qingdao, Seattle, Panama, New York, and Derry Londonderry.

For more information or to book tickets, call the Mersey Ferries ticket office on 0151 330 1003, visit any of Mersey Ferries terminals or visit the Mersey Ferries website: https://www.merseyferries.co.uk/eve

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