The yacht and its crew, skippered by Pete Stirling, arrived into London’s St Katharine Docks to resounding cheers as it made its way down the River Thames and under London’s iconic Tower Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), who sponsored the yacht, and the Jamaican High Commissioner to the UK, Her Excellency Aloun Ndombet-Assamba were on hand to congratulate the crew on their race completion and for their eighth place achievement.
Throughout 12-13 July, an area of St Katharine Docks was transformed into a ‘mini-Jamaica’ complete with a life-size cut out of Jamaica’s track star Usain Bolt. Visitors and crew had the opportunity to pose against it, with the best ones receiving give-a-ways. Members of the JTB team handed out flyers featuring details of the latest holiday offers to Jamaica whilst the flavour of Jamaican jerk chicken cooking nearby drew the longest queue of all the attractions in the race village.
The Clipper Round-the-World Yacht Race began at St Katharine Docks on 1 September 2013, and over the course of the past 10 months, the crews of the world’s longest ocean race have visited some of the finest destinations in the world. Based on feedback from crew members, Port Antonio in Jamaica was ranked as one of their most memorable stopovers.
Elizabeth Fox, Regional Director for UK and N. Europe at Jamaica Tourist Board said: “We’re very proud to have sponsored the ‘JAMAICA-Get All Right’ Clipper yacht for the 2013/2014 Round-the-World race. The yacht and our enthusiastic crew have been the perfect showcase for the Jamaica brand around the globe over the past 10 months. We are so proud of our crew and hope the Clipper experience has been a phenomenal life achievement for them. They really embraced the Jamaican culture and we hope they take away the Jamaican spirit with them.”