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British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has today sent a message of support to Clipper Race Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and the crew members taking part in the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race.

In today’s weekly Parliamentary Prime Minister’s Question Time, The Prime Minister welcomed ‘the fantastic contribution that Clipper Ventures makes to the British economy.’

He added: “It was great to see the race leaving London for the first time and even better to see the flotilla was led by a British boat...I wish Sir Robin Knox-Johnston well and all those taking part.”

Clipper Ventures Founder and Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston responded:  “It was wonderful to receive the Prime Ministers well wishes today. The Clipper 2013-14 Race experienced an incredible send off from London on Sunday and it is great to see the hard work and dedication of our crews and staff recognised at this highest level. 

“The Clipper Race is working closely with the government’s GREAT campaign to leverage our global race platform and boost the visibility of British tourism, trade and successes abroad. We join the Prime Minister in wishing all our crew members the very best in their endeavours.” 

The Prime Minister had responded to a question from Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage who highlighted that the UK economy is due to benefit £50m by hosting the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, which is based in Gosport, one of the UK’s top marine and sailing hubs.