Clipper Ventures hosts series of talks at boot Düsseldorf

Clipper Ventures hosts series of talks at boot Düsseldorf
The crew of Clipper Race vessel CV26, Ha Long Bay Viet Nam, deploys the data-transmitting drifter buoy

Clipper Ventures has an exciting series of talks and films planned for boot Düsseldorf. The programme, at the Sailing Stage, Hall 15 includes:

The unstoppable journey – Film (German, English subtitles)
Sunday 19 January –
A year ago, Ina Baum, a business consultant from Köln, came to boot and signed up to become an ocean racer in the Clipper Round the World Yacht race. She is currently more than halfway to becoming one of a handful of women to circumnavigate the world.  Having only sailed recreationally, Ina soon realised the challenge would be a complete contrast to her previous trips. In this short film, Ina crosses the South Atlantic and the Southern Ocean facing unimaginable conditions including 80km winds, 20m waves and freezing temperatures.

Citizen Science: The Clipper Race and ocean health
Monday 20 January –
This citizen-science driven project has seen four Clipper Race teams deploy data-transmitting buoys along some of the most remote latitudes of the global race route during the third, fourth and upcoming fifth leg of the competition. Gathered data will be used in two ways: to generate improved accuracy in weather modelling at Earth’s most remote latitudes, and to generate data for long-term climate studies.

Clipper Race Commercial Director, Alex Smith, and Toste Tanhua, Chief Scientist and Chair of UNESCO-IOC/WMO, will be discussing the project and the impact it will have in monitoring the health of the oceans.

CLIPPER 70: The world’s largest matched fleet of ocean racing yachts
Wednesday 22 January – 11:45-12:15

Naval architect, Tony Castro, will talk about the challenges of designing a fleet for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race; a design that provides both an exhilarating race experience and capable of taking trained but Corinthian crew to battle Mother Nature’s extremes on a 40,000 nm circumnavigation. Built for a minimum of five circumnavigations [200,000nm], the panel talk about the design, the race experience and what could come next for the Clipper Race fleet.

Race to greatness, race to win – What does it take to be a professional skipper with a Corinthian crew embarking on the race of their lives?
Thursday 23. January – 12:15-12:30
In the last edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Race, Chris Kobush became the German skipper to achieve a podium, with his team onboard Qingdao.

In a Q&A, the panel will talk about the extremes of off-shore racing, the training needed, and becoming a leader capable of taking crew from all walks of life and from more than 40 nations – many with no previous sailing experience – to victory, and what comes with one of the most rewarding jobs in sailing.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston The Legend Documentary
Friday 24 January – 16:30-17:30 (on Clipper stand B24)
22 April, 2019, marked 50 years since Clipper Ventures founder and chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, and his yacht, Suhaili, returned to Falmouth after an epic 312 days at sea in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, securing him in global history as the first person to sail solo, non-stop around the world.

This documentary explores Sir Robin’s feat some 50 years on.

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