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London is to host the start of the 2013/14 Clipper Race going round the world.

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London to host Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Boris Johnson and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston making the announcement Credit: ITN

Mayor Boris Johnson and sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston today announced London as the host city for the start of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

A fleet of 12 yachts will leave St Katharine Docks on 1 September for the estimated 11 month journey.

Boris Johnson and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston Credit: ITN

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said:

“Playing host to the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will once again see London showcasing why it is the best big city on earth in which to hold major sporting events."