Clipper Homecoming Festival

The round the world yacht race moors on the Foyle from June 29 to July 8. View the full festival programme

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is a 14 month non-professional race, and the brainchild of legendary sailor, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, winner of the 1968 Times Golden Globe Race.

Derry~Londonderry is this year represented in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race by an official city boat. It is the first time that Northern Ireland has been represented in the race, which attracts a global audience of more than 460 million people.

To celebrate the city's participation in the race, the Clipper Homecoming Festival kicks off this weekend when the Walled City acts as an official host port for the ten Masthead Cutters, welcoming the fleet to moor on the Foyle from June 29 to July 8.

The 200-crew members will have visited 15 different countries when they arrive in Lough Foyle, having set out from Southampton on their epic journey in August 2011.

A series of events have been scheduled to mark the occasion and provide tourists to the city with plenty to do over the next week. The Clipper Homecoming Festival is sure to be one of the biggest events in Derry~Londonderry's recent history.

From July 2, visitors to the city will be able to board the Clipper fleet itself, meet the crews and learn all about their extraordinary ocean crossing experience. And on Thursday July 5, the LEGENDERRY Concert will close the festival, featuring music from The Undertones, Best Boy Grip, Paddy Nash and his Happy Enchiladas and Paul Casey.

Also, on Friday July 6 an added musical extravaganza will feature the Saw Doctors and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, linking many of the countries represented in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the Foyle.

Browse the full programme of Clipper Homecoming Festival events below, and visit the Derry City Council website for more information.