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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Our Isles and Oceans have been announced as the latest Team Partner for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2023-24, and Oban and our west coast waters has been chosen as host destination of this year's sailing programme!

Our Isles and Oceans, will create funded programmes for young people affected by the pandemic and lockdown. The first stage of the initiative is a call out for 18 to 35 year olds from across the UK to apply to a sailing programme aimed at developing self-confidence and self-esteem, with its first series of sailing programmes in July 2021.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

With young people being particularly impacted this past year, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo, non-stop around the world and co-founder of the Clipper Race, hopes this new programme will make a positive change in the successful candidates’ lives.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, commented on the Our Isles and Oceans project;

“Sailing is so much more than just a sport or pastime as it gives you experience that is as useful in the workplace as it is on board a yacht. The sport develops self-confidence and self-esteem which is so important to restore following the pandemic."

Sailing Programme

This summer in Oban, up to 30 successful candidates will take part in a funded sailing course on board an Our Isles and Oceans branded (68 ft) Clipper Race training yacht.

Under the guidance of a Clipper Race Training Skipper, each group of recruits will be challenged to learn new practical skills, develop their self belief and work as a team.

In addition, ten of these recruits will then be offered the opportunity to apply for an additional four weeks of intensive ocean racing training to be held at the Clipper Race Training HQ in Gosport, Hampshire. If successful, they would receive a funded place on board the (70 ft) Our Isles and Oceans team entry which will be competing in the Clipper 2023-24 Race.

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