[24 June, 2008] -- The 35,000 mile, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race reaches a spectacular finale on 5th July, 2008 in Liverpool when 10 magnificent, 68’ yachts sprint up the River Mersey in full sail. LateRooms.com, the discount hotel specialists, outline some of the highlights and provide accommodation suggestions on the best deals in Liverpool for people wanting to experience this fabulous event.
The 2007-2008 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race set sail from Liverpool 9 months ago on September 16th 2007. Thousands of people are expected to line the banks of the Mersey to cheer the return of the 10 competing yachts when they return on 5th July.
At approximately 9.00am, the boats will race in a ‘morning dash’ from the Mersey Bar at the mouth of the Mersey estuary to the Duke’s Mast at the South side of the Albert Dock, where they should arrive between 10.30 - 11.00am. Midday sees the fleet parade past the Duke’s Mast before entering the Canning Half Tide Lock and there will be a waterfront prize-giving at 3.30pm at the Albert Docks.
For those unable to make the race itself, the yachts will be moored in the Albert Docks for viewings until the morning of the 7th July with the Clipper fleet finally departing at 3pm on the 7th via the Canning Tide Half Lock.
The Clipper Race is the world’s only non-professional, round-the-world boat race - consisting of 10 boats representing 10 countries and territories - each named after its corresponding region. Teams include Liverpool 08, Jamaica, New York and Uniquely Singapore. These state-of-the-art yachts, spanning 68 foot each in length , should inspire awe in even the most ‘un-nautical’ of visitors.
For visitors needing accommodation and wanting to be at the heart of the action, LateRooms.com provides a number of luxurious, serviced apartments and hotels near the Albert Dock. 118 Apartments has rooms available from £150 sleeping 3 and the Stay Bridge Suites offers rooms for £141 per night (2 night minimum).
For those who are prepared to stay nearby in the city centre, there are a number of Liverpool hotels offering good deals. The Sir Thomas Hotel has double rooms from £130 per night (saving £45 on the normal rate) based on a 2 night minimum stay whilst the Best Western Alicia has double rooms from £109 (saving £90 on the normal rate) including breakfast.
“The culmination of this great race in Liverpool is a fantastic opportunity to witness these amazing boats at close hand. Coupled with the events being staged to celebrate the city’s status as European Capital of Culture, 2008, this is a superb time to visit the city” says Chris Morris, Managing Director of LateRooms.com
Useful Links: LateRooms
Clipper Round The World web site
Notes to editors:
• This year’s race boasts one of Clippers’ oldest ever contestant – David Pugh competes at a grand 71 years of age!
• Around half of the contestants have no previous sailing experience – the only specifications asked of would-be competitors are that they are over 18 years of age and physically fit enough to take on the challenge.
• The final leg of the race has been a trans-Atlantic chase to Cork, Ireland.
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