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Royal Albert Dock in London’s Royal Docks has been confirmed as Race Finish Partner to the Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race in August 2020.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “We are thrilled that next year’s Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will finish right here in London in the Royal Docks. Our city truly is the sporting capital of the world and this is further proof that London is open to the biggest and best sporting events.”

The Clipper Race was founded in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo, non-stop around the world. For Sir Robin, the Race Finish at RAD will hold personal significance; in February 1957 as a Cadet in the Merchant Navy he joined his first ship which set sail from Royal Albert Dock to Africa.

Speaking on the announcement, Sir Robin said: “Both the Clipper Race and RAD have global ambition at their cores and celebrating global achievement of the 700 remarkable Clipper Race Crew is extremely fitting. 

“Additionally, The Royal Docks’ use of its waterways to engage people with watersports at grassroots levels is synonymous with the way the Clipper Race provides the opportunity for people from every walk of life, and regardless of sailing experience, to take part in ocean racing.”

The Royal Albert Dock development is set to create more than 30,000 jobs and generate £6 billion to London’s economy. This is London’s newest international business district, with the first phase already completed of the 4.7 million sq ft office, residential, retail and leisure facilities on the 35-acre site.

Once London’s gateway to the world, today the Royal Docks is London’s only Enterprise Zone. Residential and commercial developments are emerging alongside the vast expanse of 250 acres of water and helping to establish the area as a growing home for business, culture and leisure with RAD at its heart.

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