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A ROUND THE WORLD race

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JAMES MACFEE

 

It all started when I dreamt up the idea of sailing round the world as a 13 year old boy hanging off the side of a tiny Laser pico back home in the Cayman Islands. In the calm Caribbean waters I naively thought to myself, one day I want to try and sail around the world.

Fast forward sixteen years, a lot more sailing and one job resignation later, I am now fortunate enough to be turning this dream into a reality! 

This August, I will be taking part in the Clipper Round the World yacht race 2017-2018 where I will sail across the globe on a 70 ft yacht for 11 months stopping at eight different ports along the route including: London - Brazil - Cape Town - Australia - China - West Coast to East Coast USA (via Panama Canal) and back to London.  

This site is dedicated to sharing my adventure. 

One of my core goals, besides making it back alive from the 40,000 mile journey, is to raise awareness for marine conservation - something very dear to my sailing heart! The ocean is truly one of the Earth's greatest wonders and without our immediate attention, the plastic pollution, coral bleaching and rising water temperatures will cause massive devastation. For those who know me, you know I love a good one liner. I think more of us should have "the conversation about conservation", and in all seriousness, take some serious action to protect our oceans.

Please follow me on my exciting new journey as I upload blogposts here and share Facebook videos and instagram shots of my adventure. 

If you're an absolute legend and would like to donate to my marine conservation funding page please kindly visit my Sponsor page by clicking here. There's also an option to "share" a pint with me in a designated port on the tour. I'll be frothing at the mouth for it after 28 days straight of sailing and will be sure to give you a shout out!

I am so grateful to have received such incredible support from my family, friends, colleagues and corporations. I can't wait to start this new journey to achieve a lifelong goal, to put the Cayman Islands on the sailing world map and to raise awareness for our beautiful oceans. 

See you pon de wata!

James 

 
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This is the only race that is open to non-professional sailors and gives them the chance to conquer the Everest of the Seas, a circumnavigation of the globe”.
— SIR ROBIN KNOX-JOHNSTON
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THE ROUTE

The Clipper Race is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other.

With no previous sailing experience necessary, it’s a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-ft ocean racing yacht. It is the only race in the world where the organisers supply a fleet of twelve identical racing yachts, each with a fully qualified skipper to safely guide the crew of 20 adventurous individuals.

Divided into eight legs with 14-16 stopovers, you can choose to complete the full circumnavigation or select individual legs. And I will be doing every leg!

The 2017-18 edition of the race will be the eleventh in the Clipper Race series. Starting in the summer of 2017, around 700 crew members are expected to take part racing across five oceans to six continents.

Click on the image below to see full detail on every leg of the race.