Clipper 70 launched into the water

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After arriving in the UK from China last week, the first new Clipper 70 has taken another step towards becoming a rugged ocean racer which will debut in the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race.

The 70-foot yacht has now been 'launched' into the water in Felixstowe, Suffolk and motored to a nearby marina where further commissioning has started with mast and rigging being installed by the end of the week.

Click here to view pictures of the Clipper 70 being lowered into the water.

The first Clipper 70 to arrive in the UK will then be sailed to the Clipper Race’s HQ in Gosport where it is expected to arrive early next week.

To find out more about the third generation of Clipper Race yachts, click here.