Ten skippers chosen for Clipper 05-06

Race organiser Clipper Ventures has officially revealed all 10 skippers chosen to skipper in the Clipper 05-06 Race; namely Craig Millar (South African), Tim Magee (British), Graeme Johnston (Scottish), Richard Falk (Australian), Mark Taylor (British) Jonathan Bailey (British), David Pryce (Australian), Danny Watson (British), Ewan Hind (British) and Conor Fogerty (Irish).

Clipper 05-06, the world’s longest circumnavigation race, sets sail from the Albert Dock in Liverpool (UK) on Sunday, 18 September 2005, and returns in the summer of 2006 after some 35,000 miles of intense competition on the high seas.

Designed by Dubois Naval Architects, one of the World’s foremost yacht design houses, and built by Shanghai Double Happiness Yachts in China, the ten-strong fleet will be raced by international teams of 17 crew each under the guidance of one professional skipper.

Race title defenders Jersey (Channel Islands) will face strong competition from a formidable international field including Liverpool (UK), Durban (South Africa), Fremantle (Western Australia), Singapore and Glasgow (Scotland).

Representing these cities are:

  • Tim Magee (27) from Cowes, Isle of Wight, skippering the groundbreaking Liverpool 08 yacht, which will promote Liverpool as European Capital of Culture in 2008

  • Mark Taylor (41) from Stoke Flemming in Devon will head Jersey Clipper’s defence of its race title on board the Island’s 68-foot yacht, which is backed by UBS AG and Dandara

  • Craig Millar (42) from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa has won the race to skipper Durban Clipper, the port city’s ocean racer sponsored by Durban Africa

  • David Pryce (34) from Tasmania, Australia, will skipper the Westernaustralia.com Clipper. Western Australia’s involvement in the Clipper 05-06 Race has been secured by EventsCorp, a division of Tourism Western Australia

  • Graeme Johnston (35), Glaswegian born but now living in Hamble on the UK’s South Coast, will take the helm of the “Glasgow: Scotland With Style Clipper” with the backing of Glasgow City Council

  • Richard Falk (37) from Leichhardt, NSW, Australia, has won the race to skipper the “Uniquely Singapore Clipper,” the Singapore Tourism Board’s ocean racer. Sentosa and PSA International, the first two Race Partners of ‘Uniquely Singapore,’ will join STB in supporting Singapore’s involvement

    The remaining four city sponsors will be revealed shortly and each yacht will be assigned to one of the following Clipper Ventures skippers:

  • Jonathan Bailey (38) from Carlisle, Cumbria
  • Daniel Watson (35) from Beckenham, Kent
  • Conor Fogerty (33) from Howth, Co Dublin
  • Ewan Hind (27) from Brixham, Devon

The Clipper 05-06 course starts by following the traditional tea clipper route to Australia via Southern Africa, providing a sleigh ride through the Roaring Forties of the infamous Southern Ocean. After a brief respite to catch their breath, the boats will head for Singapore and mainland China before taking the passage across the northern Pacific to the west coast of Canada and the United States. The Panama Canal follows, then the Caribbean and the US East Coast, before the final dash across the northern Atlantic to the Channel Island of Jersey and home to Liverpool.