Thanks to all who have managed, directed, delivered, assisted, promoted, supported or simply attended and enjoyed this year’s festival. You have all helped to make this our most successful maritime Festival to date.

Over 160,000 people enjoyed the packed programme of nautical themed activities during the Foyle Maritime Festival which took over the city from July 9-17.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, led the city in waving off the fleet as it made its way back up the Foyle to the official race start at Greencastle.

“It was a sad moment as we waved farewell to the Clipper Race fleet today after an eventful week of celebration. We have welcomed visitors from all over the world over the past week and it has been fantastic to see Derry ~ Londonderry profiled in such a positive way on a global platform. Once again we’ve demonstrated our ability to stage an international event generating substantial revenue for the local economy, and enhancing the region’s profile as an exciting and unique visitor destination.”

The Clipper Race teams are now speeding their way to Den Helder in the Netherlands in the penultimate race in the year-long challenge, before they complete their journey arriving at the race finish in London on Saturday 30 July.

To follow the home team’s progress as they near the end of their journey go to