And they’re off! As the fleet of twelve racing teams made up of international crew members makes its way down the River Thames to the start line of Race 1, here are the best ways to follow the epic 40,000 nautical mile global adventure.

Checking the Clipper Race website regularly provides the most up to date information on the boats’ positions via the Race Viewer. It is updated every three hours and will be active until the Race Finish in July 2016.

“The Race Viewer became my new best friend!” says Claire Bennett, whose husband Jim, a Senior Project Manager from Kent, took part in the full circumnavigation of the 2013-14 race.

“The Race Viewer on the race website enables you to follow the teams and it became addictive. It became a morning routine to check my emails and then the Race Viewer. It was great to be able to see where all the boats were. The diaries from the crew and skippers were also great to read and kept you updated with life on the boat.”

Followers are able to view weather conditions, measure distances between landmarks or competing teams and catch up by rewinding the race action.

Look out for each Skipper and their team’s daily blog to share their experiences and photos whilst racing the world’s oceans.

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Our official social networking allows supporters around the world to follow the race on a more personal level for the behind the scenes work which goes on to make the world’s longest yacht race happen and to keep you up to date with the latest action on board.

All of our social media networks offer you an easy way to stay in touch with the race; from our Twitter feed to our YouTube channel.

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This year, we have teamed up with the Virtual Regatta for the fourth consecutive edition of the race, providing the chance to test your skills against the racing fleet in the Virtual Clipper Race game.

While the Clipper 2013-14 Race crew were battling on foredecks to change a headsail in pitch darkness, high winds and rough seas, the same manoeuvre was achieved in the game by 60,000 armchair virtual players.

Following the same route as the fleet, players must make decisions on the course and sail plan to make the finish line.

We have launched the exciting new version of our official Race Game and for our tenth edition there is a new look and feel to the game.

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