West Kirby man to join round the world yacht race

By Emma Gunby at

A West Kirby man is swapping computers for the high seas as he competes in the Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race.

David Watkin, a software development manager, is among the crew of the Imagine Your Korea team taking part in the epic ocean racing challenge.

Clipper Round the World Race fleet.
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On Sunday 1 September, he will be one of seven Merseysiders lining up on the River Thames, London, to embark on the twelfth edition of the race.

David Watkin: Clipper Round the World 2019/20 crew member
Photo: James Robinson

The Clipper Race is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other. With no previous sailing experience necessary, it’s a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht. Liverpool was the Race Start and Finish partner to the previous edition of the Clipper Race.

Crew members, who come from every walk of life and representing over 40 nationalities, can choose to do the whole circumnavigation, or any combination of individual legs.