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In terms of sheer en­durance, the Clip­per Race may be the choice for those look­ing to push the en­ve­lope, as it’s a speed run around the world aboard a fleet of 70ft ocean rac­ing yachts. Cre­ated in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (the first com­peti­tor to com­plete a solo non-stop around the world race in the 1969) the next edi­tion will be the twelfth in the se­ries.

Di­vided into eight legs en­com­pass­ing 13

to 16 races, the event al­lows you to choose be­tween a full cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion or one or more in­di­vid­ual stages. Over 40,000 miles are cov­ered in all, in­clud­ing six vis­its to con­ti­nents, dou­bling three Great Capes and mul­ti­ple blue­wa­ter pas­sages. Scor­ing is a points-based sys­tem from one to 12 points in each leg. At the end of the se­ries, the over­all win­ner is the one with the most points.

Twelve iden­ti­cal rac­ing yachts start from Liverpool, Eng­land, and each is led by a pro­fes­sional cap­tain. Typ­i­cally, 40 per­cent of the crew are novices, mak­ing this the only global yacht race for am­a­teur sailors. Crew must be at least 18, and there is no up­per age limit, with the old­est com­peti­tor to date check­ing in at 76. Nearly 5,000 peo­ple have been trans­formed into ocean rac­ers since the con­cept launched over 20 years ago.

If you’re par­tic­u­larly hardy, you may ap­pre­ci­ate that on av­er­age, cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing crew will spend over 500 hours at the helm and will burn 5,000 calo­ries per day. (What a great diet!) For thrill seek­ers, con­sider that the high­est wind speed recorded on a leg was 86 knots in the South­ern Ocean, and the largest wave was 90ft high. Each boat car­ries 16,468ft² of sail, so get ready— be- cause that’s what you’ll be rais­ing, low­er­ing and reef­ing. Ap­pli­ca­tions are taken a year in ad­vance. Clip­per Ven­tures, clip­per­roundthe­ s

Make no mis­take, the Clip­per Race is a hard­core blue­wa­ter com­pe­ti­tion for am­a­teur sailors

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