Royal Albert Dock in London’s Royal Docks is confirmed as Race Finish Partner to the 40,000 nautical mile long Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in August 2020.
The waterfront location, situated between three DLR stations, London City Airport and the new Crossrail station at Custom House in the heart of the capital’s Royal Docks, will host the finish.
Once London’s gateway to the world, today Royal Docks is London’s only Enterprise Zone and is enjoying regeneration. 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.
“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,” says Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Clipper Race founder.
The Royal Albert Dock development is set to create over 30,000 jobs and generate £6 billion to the London economy, and is benefiting from £1.7 billion investment from developers ABP (Advanced Business Park). This is the first project to be undertaken outside of China for ABP, which specialises in revitalising sites into thriving business districts.
The Clipper 2019-20 Race started from St Katharine Docks, London, on Sunday 1 September 2019. From London, the fleet raced to Portimão, Portugal; Punta del Este, Uruguay; Cape Town, South Africa; and are currently racing to Fremantle, Australia. From there, the Australian leg will finish in the Whitsundays, Australia; going on to Sanya, China; Subic Bay, Philippines; Zhuhai and Qingdao, China; Seattle and New York, USA, via the Panama Canal; Hamilton, Bermuda; Derry, Londonderry, Northern Ireland; before finishing at Royal Albert Dock in London, UK, in August 2020.