Looking back - the 08 Boat
The Fifth of July 2008 saw the arrival of the Round the World Clipper Race boats in Liverpool after racing for 35,000 miles across the oceans of the world to cross the finish line in front of the Albert Dock. Thousands of people turned out despite the rain forecast to welcome them home.
The ten boats, with their crews of amateur sailors reached the River Mersey about mid-day and raced up river to the finish line ten months after they had left Liverpool in 2007. The wining boat was the New York Clipper, the Liverpool 08 boat came fifth.
The Liverpool 08 boat is seen here preparing to enter the Albert Dock. In the background can be seen the cruise liner Grand Princess, visiting Liverpool for the day, and HMS Grimsby, the Royal Navy Warship that escorted the Clippers up river.
The 2009/2010 race will start from the Humber in September 2009 to return in July 2010
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