CLipper yacht crews make ready for the start of there epics race across the globe , when they set sail from liverpool on sunday

 After setting sail from Liverpool, UK, on Sunday 20 August,

the twelve Clipper 2017-18 Race teams, crewed by amateur sailors with each yacht led by a professional skipper, will race 6,400 nautical miles through the Atlantic Ocean and arrive in Punta del Este, located on Uruguay’s southern coast between 20 to 25 September.

Commenting on the Clipper Race’s newest Host Port Partner, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, said: “Punta del Este is a vibrant new stopover for the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race and I am very pleased to welcome them as a Host Port Partner.

“Having experienced all that Punta del Este has to offer first hand, I know that the city is well positioned for the Clipper Race and the fantastic Yacht Club facilities will make this a brilliant stopover for Clipper Race crew members, supporters and partners alike.

“We look forward to bringing Punta del Este, and Uruguay, to our global stage during the 2017-18 edition of the race.”

Punta del Este is one of South America’s most fashionable resorts, enjoying a prime location at the mouth of the River Plate and the Atlantic Ocean.

All pictures by Dave the Pap/Zanto Digital except harbour of Punta Del Este (copyright  Clipper racing)