New yachting endeavour for Yorkshire

The Welcome to Yorkshire yacht
The Welcome to Yorkshire yacht

A NEW yacht is set to take Yorkshire global when it takes part in a round-the-world yacht race, it was announced at a ceremony in Whitby yesterday.

The 68ft vessel, christened Welcome to Yorkshire, will take part in the Clipper 2011-12 yacht race as England’s only entrant and will be instantly recognisable with its bright pink livery.

Yorkshire’s involvement in the race was announced on Thursday when eleven members of the crew and representatives from Clipper Ventures joined tourism chiefs from Welcome to Yorkshire on board the Bark Endeavour in Whitby.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Yorkshire is a world class destination and deserves to be seen on a global stage. The Clipper Race is the perfect event to showcase Yorkshire in key global markets.

“This is the third edition running that Yorkshire has competed in the Clipper Race, we are building on the success of those endeavours and hope to make this race our most successful to date.”

Evaluation by Yorkshire Forward showed the impact of the yacht Hull & Humber’s involvement in the Clipper 09-10 race helped raise the profile of the region and increased tourism. It also aided inward investment, changed local perceptions and secured £5m of trade deals and a global audience of almost 320 million people saw the boat.

Welcome to Yorkshire will be skippered by veteran sailor Rupert Dean, who said: “I am very proud to be leading the Welcome to Yorkshire team in our biggest endeavour to date. We will do our best as ambassadors for the county.”

Ten teams are set to take part in the race, which begins in Southampton on Sunday 31 July with the first leg taking crews to the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro via Madeira.