New modern design is capable of 30 knots

Clipper Ventures has announced a new, modern design for its fleet of racing yachts, which will replace their existing fleet of Clipper 68’s.

Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston says, “Racing around the world still remains one of life’s

great challenges and I’m extremely proud to have witnessed over the past

15 years how the Clipper Race has changed people’s lives and turned

almost 3,000 sailing novices into experienced ocean racers. With the eighth

edition of the race, Clipper 11-12, set to start in August 2011, we have

commissioned the highly respected naval architect, Tony Castro, to design us a

new fleet that will bring the Clipper Race to the next level for Clipper 13-14

and beyond.”


Tony Castro’s Clipper 70 will form the third generation of Clipper racing

yachts and his design is an exciting one, perfectly suited for this

particularly gruelling sailing event. The new yachts will be built in China and fitted out by UK and

international suppliers and the fleet will increase from ten to 12 yachts, with

an option for a further four. The crew capacity of each yacht has also

increased from 20 to 22.

The original Clipper 60 fleet completed four races between 1996 and 2003 before

being replaced by the longer, lighter and faster Clipper 68 for the next four

races. For the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race the introduction of the

Clipper 70 steps things up a gear once more.


The inclusion of modern features in the new hull design will give

better performance and, when surfing on big following seas, the Clipper 70 is

likely to set new speed records compared to the previous fleets; crews can

expect to top 30 knots when conditions suit.


New features include twin helms, twin rudders and a six-foot bowsprit which

allows the inclusion of a huge Code Zero sail to complement a suite of Yankee

headsails, staysail and main. This new sail will increase performance in light

airs and deliver higher daily average speeds across the 40,000-mile race. The

mainsail will have three reefing points and will be set from 92-foot mast.