Clipper yachts start arriving in Albany during year-long round-the-world race
Competitors taking part in a year-long clipper yacht race have begun arriving in Albany.
LMAX Exchange arrived in Albany early this morning.
It was the first boat in the round-the-world competition to reach the port, after sailing from Cape Town in South Africa.
The second and third placed boats are expected in Albany later today.
The yachts left from England about three months ago and should arrive back there in July next year.
Deputy race director Mark Light said other than professional skippers, the race involved non-professional sailors.
He said it was the second time in the event's 20-year history that it had visited Albany.
"All the boats will be in by about next Saturday and we've actually got a few of the boats on Saturday and Sunday will open to the public," he said.
"You can actually come on board, check it out and have a look and see what a stripped-out racing boat looks like down below and ask about the race and if you're interested then we'll give you all the information to take part."
He said it was a tough race and the only one of its kind where yachts were crewed by amateurs led by a professional skipper.
"We've got 12 clipper yachts, they're all identical, they're all racing exactly the same, they carry exactly the same equipment on board," he said.
"So all 12 will be heading into Albany, basically by next Saturday we'll have all 12 in port and it will look pretty spectacular in the marina."