Heroes to get chance of Clipper adventure

The Clipper Yachts at the start line in Greencastle Co. Donegal last summer. Picture Martin McKeown.

The Clipper Yachts at the start line in Greencastle Co. Donegal last summer. Picture Martin McKeown.

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Organisers of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race have gifted Derry City and Strabane District Council with a unique opportunity for two community workers or volunteers to win a race place on board the Derry-Londonderry-Doire yacht for the 2015-16 race.

Entitled ‘Voice of the Community’, the bursary invites organisations across the city and district to nominate someone they believe has made a notable contribution to the life of their community, with the ultimate prize of sailing a leg of the famous Clipper 2015-16 Race.

Explaining his reasons for awarding the bursary to Derry City and Strabane District Council, Clipper Race founder and chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “The Voice of the Community bursary allows us to give something back to the people of Derry-Londonderry and Strabane as means of saying thank you for the incredible hospitality and support the community has given to us over the last five years.

“This bursary is designed to reward those who spend their time trying to better the lives of others. Selflessness and commitment are important qualities we encourage among all of our Clipper Race crew.”

The deadline for nominations is Monday 8 June at 12 noon. Submissions will be shortlisted for public voting on Wednesday 10 June with the successful candidates decided by the highest combined scores achieved through public vote and leadership assessment training.

This is the third consecutive race to feature a Derry~Londonderry~Doire entry and the city will once again welcome the race fleet with its award winning Foyle Maritime Festival next summer.

Community groups interested in finding out more about applying or the process involved should contact Derry City and Strabane District Council via email clipperrace@derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com or can download an application form directly at www.derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com/clipperrace

Further information about the race and the Foyle Maritime Festival 2016 follow us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DerryLondonderryClipper or via our website at www.derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com/clipperrace