Foyle Maritime Festival - Clipper 2018

Save the Date! In July 2018 the quayside in Derry-Londonderrry will be transformed by maritime magic as Derry once again hosts the Foyle Maritime Festival and welcomes the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet back to the Foyle.

The date for this internationally acclaimed festival event has now been confirmed as Saturday July 14th to Sunday July 22nd 2018 – heralding a full week of music, markets, entertainment, and river based activities – not to mention the thrill of the race competition as the Clipper Race fleet returns to the city. 

Starts: 14 Jul 2018

Ends: 22 Jul 2018

Area: County Derry~Londonderry

Venue Town: Derry~Londonderry

Region: Northern Ireland

The distinctive Clipper Race yachts will berth in Foyle Port Marina during the race stopover from New York before sailing to Race Finish in Liverpool.Foyle Maritime Festival will host the stopover of the Clipper Race 2018 as they near the end of their Round the World Journey in July. Queens Quay will once again be transformed into a maritime wonderland full of fun, activities, music, arts and crafts as we prepare to Welcome Team Derry~Londonderry for a special homecoming party!

Derry City and Strabane District Council is the local council for the North West area of Northern Ireland. Derry City first came on board in the 2011-12 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, ahead of its year as the inaugural UK City of Culture 2013.

Clipper is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other. With no previous sailing experience necessary, it’s a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht. All that is asked of participants is a good level of fitness, an age over 18 - and a thirst for adventure into the unknown. 

Divided into eight legs and 16 individual races, you can choose to complete the full circumnavigation or select individual legs. It is the only race in the world where the organisers supply a fleet of twelve identical racing yachts, each with a fully qualified skipper to safely guide the crew.

More Information

Derry City and Strabane District Council

98 Strand Road, Derry, BT48 7NN

(028) 7125 3253

Event Information

Helena Hasson

Press Information

Adele McCourt


Twitter: @derryclipper


#TeamDLD | #FoyleMaritime | #DerryClipper