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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."

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London 2012 executive pulls out of honours ceremony

A yachting boss and senior London 2012 executive has pulled out of an honours ceremony at Buckingham Palace today following the death of Olympic gold medal-winning sailor Andrew Simpson.

Sir Keith Mills, the deputy chairman of Locog (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) was due to be made a Knight Grand Cross - the highest grade of knighthood.

A London 2012 spokesman said: "We are all deeply saddened by the news of Andrew's death and, as a result of this tragic accident, Sir Keith will no longer be attending his investiture at Buckingham Palace today."

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