Derry people urged to come to the quay tomorrow at noon to give the Clipper fleet a warm welcome to the city
08 Jul 2018 2:25 PM
The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle has urged people to come out onto the quay tomorrow at noon to welcome the first yacht from the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race to the city as the first of the yachts are set to arrive in Foyle Port. He said: “I had the pleasure of meeting with some of the crew members and of course Conall Morrison and Roseann McGlinchey from Derry during a visit to New York last month before they departed toward Derry and I’ve been following the teams’ progress on the Clipper Race viewer and this has been such an exciting race over the past few days. "I am particularly looking forward to welcoming the two Derry participants – Conall Morrison Skipper of the HotelPlanner.com team and teammate Roseann McGlinchey from Lifford - as they prepare for a warm welcome home. It is our opportunity to come out and show our support for them and thank them for representing our city and region in the Clipper Race and doing us proud. Mayor Boyle says he expects it to be an emotional arrival as the crews will be greeted by friends and family. “We are really looking forward to seeing large crowds coming out to welcome the teams into the Foyle Port. “We’re anticipating a very busy week ahead with a packed programme of family entertainment and a whole host of activity on both the river and at various locations throughout the city. I’m looking forward to welcoming visitors here for this huge celebration of our maritime heritage and what promises to be the highlight in the summer events calendar,” he added. Lifford born Roseann McGlinchey is looking forward to seeing family and friends when she sails into Derry. “I have thought about arriving home many times over the year and it always brings a smile to my face. The thought of seeing all my family and sleeping in my own bed are amazing never mind the welcome I am sure the entire fleet will have when we (finally) arrive. I am sure it is something I will never forget. The crew are also really excited because I have promised them buns for breakfast from Dohertys bakery as is tradition in Derry.” The 11 Clipper Race teams will spend the next two weeks in the city where they will enjoy a number of celebratory events during their stopover before setting sail to Liverpool and the final race in their journey which has seen them race 40,000 nautical miles around the world. The colourful fleet will be one of the key attractions throughout the week with open boat tours at their base on the Foyle Marina throughout the Foyle Maritime Festival. The celebrations will get into full swing on Saturday July 14th, continuing to Sunday July 22nd with a wide array of activities on land and water. The main highlight of the festival will be the Showcase event on the Friday night, June 20th which will be a spectacular outdoor finale event on the Foyle from 9 pm to 11pm, before the fleet depart in a magnificent Parade of Sail on Sunday 22 July at 1pm. The Foyle Maritime Festival is brought to you by Derry City and Strabane District Council with the support of Tourism Northern Ireland, Foyle Port, Loughs Agency, DuPont Kevlar, Diageo, NW Regional College and Translink. For further information on the Foyle Maritime Festival and a full programme of events visit www.foylemaritimefestival.com or you can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/foylemaritimefestival and on Twitter @Foylemaritime
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