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10 September 2015

Diane Reid starts the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Diane Reid
Toronto Skipper Diane Reid and her crew have started on the tenth edition of the famous Clipper Round the World Yacht Race on Sunday August 30, 2015 - the longest and toughest ocean endurance challenge on the planet. 12 boats will sail 40,000 nautical miles in 8 "legs" starting and ending in London, England over the next year to compete for total points.

Diane Reid is the first female Canadian skipper in the 19-year history of the race. She leads the ClipperTelemed+, a Canadian boat and team, but with a mix of nationalities on board. You can follow the race live at

On September 5, 2015, crew member Andy Ashman, 49, aboard IchorCoal off Portugal suffered a tragic fatal accident while reefing a sail. The boat rejoined the race September 8.   Clipper News Sept. 8, 2015

Diane Reed resigned as skipper for personal reasons and left the race in Cape Town, South Africa. Oct. 24, 2015

Eric Holden was named Canada's Top Sailor after being Canada's first skipper in the Clipper Round the World Race on the 70ft yacht Henri Lloyd - and winning.