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The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to Ring The Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell




The founders of Clipper Ventures, the company behind the unique Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the longest ocean race around the planet, will visit the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square to mark the arrival of its fleet into New York in the 20th anniversary year of the successful British business. The yachts arrived at Liberty Landing Marina over the weekend and will leave on the final leg of the global race to London on Monday June 20th.

In honor of the occasion, founders William Ward, Chief Executive Officer, and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Chairman, will ring the Opening Bell. 


Nasdaq MarketSite – 4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway – Broadcast Studio


Thursday, June 16, 2016 – 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Media Contact:

Claire Glancy

(206) 604-4320

Nasdaq MarketSite:

Emily Pan

(646) 441-5120

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About Clipper Ventures and the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, operated by UK based business Clipper Ventures Plc, is now the only global event in which novices and sailing enthusiasts alike can ‘pay-to-play’ for the privilege of circumnavigating the planet in a tough endurance adventure across the most challenging oceans known to man. Business competitors have come and gone but over the last twenty years, since the first race started in 1996, the biennial event has gone from strength to strength to become the world’s biggest and longest ocean race. With crew numbers at record levels and a healthy portfolio of sponsors it is the most successful ocean racing business of its type in the world today, producing healthy profits with a highly sustainable long-term future.

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, it’s a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht. All that is asked of participants is a good level of fitness, a minimum age of 18 - and a thirst for adventure into the unknown. Divided into eight legs and 14 to 16 individual races, crew can choose to complete the full circumnavigation or select individual legs. It is the only race in the world where the organisers supply a fleet of twelve identical racing yachts, with fully qualified skippers to safely guide each team.

The current race started from London on August 30th last year and will return there on July 30th – it has visited Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Vietnam, China, Panama as well as both US coasts. From New York it will go to Northern Ireland and the Netherlands before returning to London. The race has developed a strong global network of destinations over the last 20 years with well-established government and business links that are of value to race partners. (The race was originally named after the19th Century tea Clippers that raced each other back to London). Olympic sailing venue Qingdao in China has the longest partnership with the race spanning six editions over twelve years and has been key in developing the city’s status as China’s ‘sailing city’ as well as promoting the wider economy and international trade.

The arrival of the company’s wholly owned and operated fleet of twelve third-generation identical one-design Clipper 70-foot ocean racing yachts (the world’s biggest fleet of large matched ocean racers) in New York is being celebrated in partnership with the Nasdaq to mark the tenth edition of the Clipper Race now in its 2015-16 global series.

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