The Race is on!

After final preparations, the 2015/16 edition of the Clipper Round the World race is now underway. As I am writing this, the boats are sailing down the Bay of Biscay. By the time they reach Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, they will have sailed approximately 5,200 nm on this first leg of the race.

The Race Village at St. Katharine Docks in London was a busy place last week as all teams were working on their final preparations. On ClipperTelemed+, cups and mugs were numbered, fans were installed, names were put on foulies and yet more food was being stowed away. My home for the week was the navigation station as I worked on route and weather planning for the trip to Rio.

Then Sunday came and the race finally got underway. Every team got to take the stage before stepping aboard their boats to get it all started. Three of us who will join the race at a later stage were there to slip the lines – and with that team ClipperTelemed+ began their adventure. One boat after the other left St. Katharine Docks and paraded under the open Tower Bridge before heading east.

The race got underway in earnest on Monday at 12:30pm BST with favorable winds to sail down the English Channel. Since then we’ve all been glued to the Race Tracker, which you can find at this link:

Go team ClipperTelemed+!