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Prime Minister praises Clipper Race organisers
11:30am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
DAVID Cameron heaped praise on the Hampshire-based organisers of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – describing it as “fantastic”.
Speaking in the Commons, the Prime Minister told MPs he had seen a model of the “incredible vessel” sailed by the crews.
He said: “I welcome the fantastic contribution that Clipper Ventures makes to the British economy.
“It was great to see the race leave London for the first time and even better to see that the flotilla was led by a British boat. I wish Sir Robin Knox-Johnston well and all those taking part.”
Ms Dinenage had urged the Prime Minister to “personally congratulate Clipper Ventures, which is literally flying the flag for Britain’s tourism, trade and watersports”.
Clipper Ventures is based in Gosport.
n CREWS taking part in the 11-month-long Clipper Race are now less than 100 miles away from their first port of call.
The 12 yachts competing in the 40,000-mile race are currently skirting the northern coastline of Brittany in France en route to the port of Brest.
From there the crews, who include former Southampton City College principal Lindsey Noble, will travel on to another 15 ports on six continents.
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