Londonderry mayor Brenda Stevenson was amongst thousands of spectators who descended on London at the weekend to cheer on the city’s yacht as it finished the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race.
Derry~Londonderry~Doire narrowly missed out on a podium finish after being beaten by third-placed OneDLL by just four points.
Throngs of wellwishers lined the banks of the Thames on Saturday to welcome home 12 yachts as they formed a Parade of Sail, which concluded with Tower Bridge lifting for the top three teams.
A total of 670 crew members from 42 different countries battled hurricanes and survived a tornado as they circumnavigated the globe, having left the UK’s capital on September 1, 2013.
Derry-Londonderry-Doire made international news back in March after Andrew Taylor went overboard in the Pacific Ocean for 90 minutes during Race 10 from Qingdao China, to San Francisco, USA.
Skipper of the Northern Ireland vessel, Sean McCarter, said that whole experience had been “incredible” and one he would never forget.
“It’s unbelievable to be here in London,” he commented.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the team and how they have performed. They all worked so hard.”
Mayor of Londonderry Brenda Stevenson praised the team’s incredible performance.
“Today was a really proud moment for everyone of Derry-Londonderry,” she said.
“Just weeks ago we saw the team win their home port race into Derry-Londonderry and here we are at race finish.
“Today the team just narrowly missed out on third place overall, but for us they’re winners.”