MDL Marinas is pleased to host the Clipper Round the World yachts back to Ocean Village Marina on Sunday 22nd July 2012. This superyacht marina has played host to many round the world arrivals and this news additionally demonstrates its position as the number one destination for sailing events on the South Coast.
The Clipper 11-12 fleet are currently en-route to Panama and MDL Marinas, Clipper and Southampton City Council have already started planning in preparation for the return of the ten-strong international fleet in three months time. Ocean Village Marina has played host to round the world arrivals from Ellen Macarthur and Dee Caffari, and the arrival is set to be another great event for boat owners, residents, spectators and the general public.
This is more great news for Southampton following the announcement last week that planning consent has been given for a £50m luxury hotel and spa, along with 82 waterfront apartments, restaurants and retail premises at Ocean Village.
Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We had a spectacular send off with thousands of spectators when the fleet left last July. We have enjoyed a number of race arrivals at Ocean Village and it’s the perfect setting for everyone to get involved in the celebrations. The crews have taken on some of the world’s toughest oceans and achieved so much, and we are looking forward to giving them a spectacular welcome to the marina when they arrive in July.”
The yachts will have travelled almost 41,000 miles by the time they return to the Solent, having completed the world’s longest ocean race, visiting 14 ports on six continents. Around 500 people from all walks of life will have participated, completing a full circumnavigation, or one or more of the eight legs the race is split into.
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