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VIDEO: Clipper yachts begin arriving home
The first yachts in the Clipper Round the World Race have begun arriving back where they started just under 11 months ago.
The fleet of 11 yachts that have circumnavigated the globe are reaching the end of their 40,000 mile odyssey around the world.
The 17 sailors from Hampshire are preparing for an emotional reunion with the loved ones in St Katherine Dock in the heart of London.
Henri Lloyd has won the race after accruing the most points.
The capital is hosting the homecoming party after holding a send off bash on September.
The marina is buzzing with families and spectators, which was reminiscent of the last arrival party, which was held in Southampton.
It missed out on the high profile event after failing to bid.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race creates a magnificent spectacle on the Thames, showcasing our great river and London to a global audience.
“These 670 amateur sailors, including 75 Londoners, have done something extraordinary, in taking on the world’s oceans in the spirit of adventure that makes Britain and London GREAT.
“We are proud to have hosted the start and finish of the world’s longest ocean race and welcomed the thousands of international visitors and crew this unique global event attracts to London.”
Isle of Wight based skipper Olly Cottrell, skipper of OneDLL, held off rival Derry~Londonderry~Doire and secured the third podium position over the Northern Irish entry, coming in in third in Race 16.
Derry~Londonderry~Doire finishes in fourth overall.
Olly said: "Luck is a product of sweat and as a result we have been rewarded with a podium this race, securing our podium overall.
I am phenomenally proud of my team. .
"Today is going to be an emotional day for all concerned, as we come back to the warm embrace of our families and the magnitude of our achievement starts to sink in.
“I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible tonight for celebrations."