Clipper Round the World Race: Amateur Sailors Begin Race of a Lifetime

Mark BatemanCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2009

The journey of a lifetime for dozens of amateur sailors began today as the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2009-2010 got underway amid scenes of fantastic celebration in the famous port town of Kingston Upon Hull, UK.

The race is the brain child of Sir Robin Knox-Johnson, who was the first person to sail solo, non-stop around the World. The race is also the only round the World yacht race for amateur sailors

The 2009-2010 race, which will take in some of the world's greatest cities, started at 2 p.m. GMT with the yacht representing Cork of Ireland taking an early lead as the 10 clippers jockeyed for position in the River Humber.

The first leg of the race will be from Hull to La Rochelle, France, before heading across the South Atlantic to Rio de Janiero, Brazil, a total of 4,890 miles.

The hometown yacht representing the Hull & Humber (Britain) was in seventh place as the teams headed for the east coast.

There are also clippers representing Edinburgh (Scotland), California (USA), Qingdao (China), and Cape Breton Island (Canada), as well as Australia, Finland, Singapore, and Jamaica.

The race is set to conclude back in Hull in July 2010. Check for regular race reports here on Bleacher Report.