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Countdown details of how Derry city is preparing for the forthcoming Clipper Homecoming Festival have been announced. 

As a flagship event in NI 2012, the Clipper Race Homecoming Festival, which is scheduled to take place from 29th June – 08th July in Derry,  will welcome a ten-strong fleet of 68-foot yachts to the Foyle, as part of the final transatlantic leg of the world’s longest ocean race.  

At the centre of the ten-day long festival will be the welcoming of the magnificent Clipper yachts – including our own Derry yacht which has been carrying the city story around the world in its year-long odyssey, with the crew including a number of local adventurers!

During the festival visitors will have the opportunity to visit the Clipper yachts and meet the crews, however, that’s only the start!  The event will include a programme of activities and maritime themed attractions and sights; from marine taster sessions that will bring the River Foyle alive with water based fun.  Look out for the Viking boats too! As part of the arrival weekend, taste the exquisite Flavours of the Foyle Seafood Festival, enjoy the finest musicians from the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, whet your creative appetite in our creative zone and be part of our official welcome event.  

As the city shapes up for the fantastic finale weekend, why not join us from Thursday, July 5th to Sunday July 8th for a Legenderry Festival.  Highlights include a marine environment zone with visiting boats, the thrilling and fearless Zapcats micro powerboats display, a heritage zone telling the story of the River Foyle, Northern Ireland’s largest continental market and sizzling musical entertainment and creative family events every day.  Those long summer evenings will provide a perfect backdrop for our own Legenderry concert of Thursday, July 5th.  On July 6th our Clipper Connections musical evening will be followed by a colourful River Foyle fireworks display – all in all, a wonderful start to summer in the city!

For more information on how you get involved go to www.derrycity.gov.uk/clipper and like them on Facebook www.facebook.com/DerryLondonderryClipper.
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