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Clipper Race departure on Sunday 1 September


On Sunday the world’s largest fleet of matched ocean racing yachts will begin its 40,000-mile circumnavigation in the world’s longest ocean race.

The twelve 70-foot state-of-the-art yachts will lock out of St Katharine Docks four at a time, mustering around Shadwell, before parading down the River Thames from Tower Bridge to the Thames Estuary 

Free entry to the Race Village at St Katharine Docks, is now open daily (1000-1900), with boat tours, competitions, a big screen, live music, DJs, drummers, dancers, international cuisine, and more.

The departure and Parade of Sail will be streamed live online. Click here for further details. 

Key viewing times along the River Thames on Sunday are:

+ Race crew official departure ceremony, St Katharine Docks: 0930 - 1030 

+ Fleet departure ceremony, locking out of St Katharine Docks: 1050–1225 

+ Tower Bridge opens and fleet departs 1330

+ The O2, Greenwich 1420*

+ Thames Barrier1440*

+ QE2 Bridge 1600*