Hundreds of spectators gathered on Southend Pier for the official start of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. On the first leg, the fleet will race from the pier to Brest in France, before heading to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
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It will be a cold and clear night with a widespread frost away from the coast as temperatures dip to -2 deg C.