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Sean McCarter, 31, will skipper the Derry-Londonderry entry in the next edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

It was also announced today that Derry-Londonderry, will return as an entry and stopover in the Clipper Race for the next two editions of the series.

Sean, originally from Derry-Londonderry, has been chosen as skipper for city's entry.

He said: “It’s such an honour to be here today in my home town of Derry-Londonderry. In my career I have had the privilege of achieving so many of my personal goals, but to be named as skipper of my home entry in the Clipper Race is one of the greatest honours I have ever received.

“I’m looking forward to leading my team around the world while helping to place Derry-Londonderry firmly on the map.”

UK City of Culture 2013 returns to the Clipper Race after debuting in the Clipper 11-12 Race.