Source: Martin McKeown/clipperroundtheworld.com
THOUSANDS OF spectators turned out in Derry this morning to welcome home the victorious crew of a transatlantic yacht race.
The Derry-Londonderry-Doire yacht won the 2850-mile leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race which started in New York a fortnight ago.
The series sees 12 identical yachts compete in 16 races across the globe, taking in 40,000 miles and destinations including Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town and Panama.
The win breaks a six-year ‘curse’ since the last time a crew won their homecoming leg in 2008.
“After almost 40,000 miles it’s unbelievable to be sailing into Derry-Londonderry and even more so in first place,” victorious skipper Sean McCarter said.
“We have had several boats come out to meet us at 6am this morning and the flotilla has been growing ever since.”
The fleet’s arrival coincides with the LegenDerry Maritime Festival which kicked off on Saturday.