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The introduction of the Clipper 70s mark a great milestone in the history of the Clipper Race. The 70-foot yachts, designed by renowned 
Naval architect Tony Castro are the shining jewel in the Clipper Race crown, perfectly suited for this grueling sailing event.

As with all stripped down ocean racing yachts, the Clipper 70s are not for the faint hearted. They are, by design, stripped of all luxuries. Crew will need to become an expert at living in a confined space, managing all their kit and belongings as they settle into their new home. The Clipper 70 design is faster and more dynamic than previous Clipper Race yachts and promises to attack the 40,000-mile racecourse head on. The fleet is a stark comparison to the one which began the very first Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 1996. Development ideas have been taken from both the previous yacht designs: the Clipper 60s and Clipper 68s.

New features on the Clipper 70s include twin helms, twin rudders and a six-foot bowsprit, which allows the inclusion of three large asymmetric spinnakers and a suite of Yankee headsails, which will all add to increase performance and boat speed. The new hull design produces a better performance and control, especially in 
the light winds encountered near the Equator or between weather systems when crossing oceans.  The design provides total control in the heaviest of conditions, ensuring not only high speeds, but safety too.

In the 2013-14 edition of the race they are already laying down the gauntlet and breaking race speed records.  



The hull construction utilises 
lessons learnt from the previous races employing well-proven composite construction materials and methods. The hull and deck are of a sandwich construction using glass fibre, epoxy resins and structural foam. More commonly called Foam Reinforced Plastic (FRP), this construction method is light, stiff and is proven to produce an incredibly strong and safe hull. Modern features have been included within the design of the hull, which along with the twin rudders will give improved directional stability when heeling, provide the helm with more control and an overall faster ride.

The deck layout provides a well designed office for the crew to perform in. Eleven Harken winches, including the primaries controlled by twin three-speed coffee grinders, will swiftly bring the sails under control. Jammers and organisers have been located in easy to operate locations allowing crew to swiftly change settings. The mainsheet 
has been placed further aft in the cockpit, permitting a better level
 of communication between the
 crew as they undertake the various evolutions during tacks, gybes, hoists and drops.The aluminium mast towers 95-foot above the waterline and 
is rigged using tried and trusted materials and methods to further improve overall safety. Mast-mounted instruments will provide the crew with immediate feedback on sail trimming and boat speed.

The addition of a state-of-the-
art HD fixed camera system also ensures that every piece of action on deck will be captured and used by media and broadcasters around the world to showcase the conditions faced during the race by the crew.



Below deck is a stripped-out interior below decks with 24 bunks, a state-of-the-art navigation station and a simple galley. Watertight bulkheads and doors are placed at strategic locations to provide compartmentalisation in case of flooding. The navigation station is placed towards the stern, providing a closer link between the navigator and helmsman. It is equipped with all
the latest navigation electronics, navigation computers and up-to-date satellite communications. This area of the yacht will provide the skipper and media crew member on board with the ideal area to work in. GRIB weather files will be studied and courses mapped on the navigation computer while photos, diaries and videos will be edited and sent back to Clipper Race HQ using the powerful marine computer.

The engine and generator
are mounted behind the companionway steps. Their mid-ship position brings increased stability and balance to the hull and it also keeps all the ancillaries and electrical components in one maintenance-friendly area. Centrally, just aft of the mast, sits a simple horseshoe-shaped galley, which will feed in to the communal area. This is where crew briefings and all-important meal times can take place. Crew accommodation runs
from the stern forwards in a series of double bunks and stops short of a watertight bulkhead towards the front third of the boat. Ahead of this is a large compartment for storing sails, with the main hatch located directly above.








Length overall









Mainsail area

1,326 ft2

123.19 m2

Headsail area

1,812.97 ft2

168.43 m2

Asymmetric spinnaker area

3,555.75 ft2

330.34 m2

Mast height (from waterline)

95 ft

29 m


31.19 UK long ton

31,700 kg

Bulb Keel

11.81 UK long ton

12,000 kg