The 70ft racing boat is on show in Trafalgar Square

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the world’s longest ocean race, is officially unveiling its GREAT Britain yacht this morning.

The 70ft race boat will be in Trafalgar Square from now until Sunday evening, 4 August, allowing race enthusiasts the opportunity to have a close encounter with the brand new yacht out of the water.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Clipper Race chairman and founder, together with Sports Minister Hugh Robertson and members of the GREAT Britain yacht’s 2013-14 Clipper Race crew will attend the launch event from 9.30am today, Wednesday 31 July.

The unveiling marks the start of a new global campaign partnership between the race organisers, UK Government and British brands. The Clipper Race involves crew of all ages and from all walks of life.

Sailing legend Sir Robin, who became the first person to sail solo, non-stop, around the world in 1968-9, launched the unique, biennial race for amateur sailors 17 years ago; the global event has also grown into a platform to promote trade and tourism along the way.

The ninth edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 starts Sunday 1 September from St Katharine Docks, London and aims to be the biggest event in the race history.

More than 650 people will represent more than 40 different nations on 12 brand new 70ft racing yachts designed by naval architect Tony Castro, and will return almost a year later after completing the 40,000 miles route.