Published: Thursday, 25 June 2015

The Clipper Round the World Race confirms leading children’s organisation UNICEF will have an entry in the world’s longest ocean race.

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Race organisers have donated the cost of the entry to UNICEF UK, the Official Clipper 2015-2016 Race Charity.

“The Clipper 2015-16 Race is our tenth edition and we wanted to mark this landmark in the history of our biennial international event by giving something back to the global community,” says Clipper Race CEO William Ward. “I am very proud that the Clipper Race is able to support a UNICEF yacht entry and hope that as the team races around the world they will help raise awareness and support for UNICEF’s work to protect children in danger.”

Operating in 190 countries, including every country on the Clipper Race route, UNICEF works to feed, vaccinate, educate and protect children throughout the world.

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40-year-old Jim Prendergast of Gosport, England has been named skipper of the UNICEF team.

“My crew and I are extremely honoured to be racing around the world on the UNICEF yacht,” says Prendergast. “We hope that people everywhere will get behind us and help the UNICEF team and the whole Clipper Race fleet to make a positive difference to children in danger all over the world."

Unicef Team Debuts In Clipper Round The World Race

Uniquely for amateur sailors, more than 670 crew members from all walks of life and representing over 40 different nationalities will compete in the 40,000-mile race.

Setting sail from London on August 30, the Clipper Race will have twelve identical ocean racing yachts competing against each other between six different continents before returning to London in summer 2016.