Clipper Round the World Race

The Clipper Round the World Race was started in 1995 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who became the first person to sail single-handed non-stop around the world in 1969. Today, it is the longest sailing race totaling over 40,000 miles as it circumnavigates the globe across some of the world’s toughest oceans. The race is divided into eight legs with crews being able to race completely around the world, or on one leg or several. Based on the original tea clippers which ruled the oceans 150 years ago, the race starts in England, crosses the Atlantic Ocean to South America, heads eastward around the tip of Africa and eventually finishes back in England roughly a year later.

This week, the boats are back at Liberty Landing Marina and in North Cove in Manhattan. It’s a great opportunity to come down and see the boats and find out more about this epic race that is open to all.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

Our Commodore Bruce Hoch and Vice Commodore Jim Chambers had the opportunity to meet legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox Johnston and present him with the Liberty Yacht Club Burgee.

Sir Robin’s sailing career spans more than 50 illustrious years. He was the first person to sail non-stop and single-handed (alone) around the world in 1969 as part of the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. In 1994, Sir Robin along with Peter Blake won the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest circumnavigation, just 74 days and 22 hours. At age 68 he again sailed single-handed around the world in the VELUX 5 Ocean Race. In 2014 Sir Robin, at age 75, competed in a single-handed Transatlantic ocean race, the Route du Rhum, finishing third in the Rhum class.

Sir Robin, who is the founder and Chairman of the Clipper Round the World Race, was visiting the area during the U.S. East Coast stop-over where we had the pleasure of meeting with him. The Clipper Race is the longest ocean race, a 40,000 mile race that takes amateur sailors around the globe with stops in many countries including in the U.S. at Liberty Landing Marina.

We look forward to seeing Sir Robin and the rest of the Clipper Race again when they return as part of the next race in 2017-18.

No-Knead Bread

no-knead breadAlthough I helped my mom make bread when I was growing up many, many eons ago, the first time I made bread on a boat was when I was racing half-way around the world  in the Clipper Round the World Race. It was on the leg across the North Pacific Ocean from Qingdao, China to San Francisco, USA.

Despite the grueling conditions with winds at times over 60 knots and waves the size of four story buildings, it was the responsibility of the cooks on board (we all rotated and shared that duty) to make sure the crew had fresh hot-baked bread most mornings for breakfast when they came off watch cold, tired and hungry.

big seasAfter that intense crossing of the North Pacific in winter, the San Francisco to New York City leg was so much easier to bake on, with the seas calmer and temperatures warmer.

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Clipper Round the World Race

We were excited to have the Clipper Round the World Race at Liberty Landing Marina in June 2016. It was a great opportunity to see the stripped down racing yachts and meet the various sailors and hear about their experiences. To find out more about this amateur ocean race, visit ClipperRoundtheWorld.com.