Clipper Homecoming Festival


Clipper Homecoming Festival

A chance to join the celebrations as Derry/Londonderry welcomes the Clipper round-the-world boat race to the banks of the Foyle.


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Hello and welcome to Derry- Londonderry. The City welcome as

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the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race to the Maiden City. The first

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time the fleet has visited Northern Ireland and the city's the Foyle

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San Marino has been the centre of this week-long Homecoming Festival.

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This flotilla of all shapes and sizes has caught the public's

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attention. All week, tens of thousands have been flooding down

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to the Riverside to get a closer look at this impressive Armada.

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What a start we had to the week as the star of the show, their Derry-

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Londonderry Clipper, took centre stage. The boat and her crew have

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been known as a legendary, then in a triumphant return last Sunday

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after 11 months and 40,000 miles of crossing the world's largest oceans.

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As you expect, despite the rain, the city turned out to give them a

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Very exciting and thrilling but I am glad to be home! I have waited

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along time to see you! Believe me, there was not a dry eye in the

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house and we will introduce you to the legendary used throughout the

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programme and hear about their adventures. This week is about more

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than the action on the water. Thousands had decided on the Lord -

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- descended on the north-west and aside from the sights and

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spectacles, we have enjoyed a rich music from all sorts and our taste

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buds have tingled with the flavours of the Foyle. We have welcomed

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visitors from all over the world. Joined a party from the past. I

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even got to groups with some sailing myself. Lots to squeeze in.

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Where else can we start than with these 10 fabulous yachts that make

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up the Clipper round-the-world racing fleet. If you are no expert

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on yacht racing, here is the Short Guide... It is the world's longest

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ocean-going yacht race, 40,000 miles around the globe. Since then

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at Portsmouth last year, the Fleet has visited six continents before

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making their way home via Derry. It is a unique event, although every

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boat has a professional skipper, the crews are amateur and many have

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never sailed before. People from all walks can sign up to experience

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this ultimate challenge, circumnavigating the globe by sea.

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Each of the 10 Clipper boats is sponsored by a city, a region or

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country. Flying the flag for the Maiden City, the 40 six-strong

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legendary crew representing all ages and backgrounds. It is

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estimated that over 450 million people will see this race,

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spreading the name of Derry- Londonderry around the globe. When

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Sean Hargan signed up, he wanted to fulfil a lifelong ambition to sail

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the world. To keep her old man company, his daughter joined him

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for the most recent leg of the race and they sailed across the Atlantic

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together, back to Derry. I always had this romantic notion of saving

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the world but I really did not think it out. I was well aware that

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if you go around the ocean you will hit one or two storms. But, I'm in,

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we seem to have a lot of storms! And I suffered from anxiety,

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probably worrying about the Stormers coming up and that took

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its toll on me at the start. But you get institutionalised and I got

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tougher. And I am pleased that I overcame that, and the second part

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of the journey, that did not bother me and that was a big mental thing.

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To think that I can go through that and not have the anxiety of the

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start. I was pretty sick for about 80% of the time, I got really

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dehydrated with no energy and I could not keep fluids or liquids

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down. I found the whole thing very physically and mentally enduring.

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Having my daddy there was great, looking after me and forcing me to

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take food because you take it for granted. You just have no energy to

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eat and daddy would have made sure I took by fluids and took my

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tablets and I was really lucky that he was watching. He was looking out

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for me. It was tough. At the end of the day, she is my only daughter.

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When she was suffering like that, it was sore on me. It isn't the

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challenge of the ocean, it is living with 18 people on a boat.

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There are some people there that you have a tremendous experience

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worth and you would go over the trenches for them. That sounds

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extreme but you are on the danger line and there is great support and

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a great admiration from one another and then there are people that you

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struggle to tolerate. Their work ethic and that would not be the

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same as yours. They would not be natural people that you would

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associate with a normal life. And you're stuck with them and you have

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to adapt to that. As we came up the Foyle, the whole way up, the

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vessels and powerboats and people on the land. We expect that friends

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and family but it seemed to be that the entire time was there, which

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was great. I am home and I am finished. Just to sit in my own

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garden, I have dreamt about that so many times. When I'd not just be

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content here?! I can potter about her quite contentedly for quite a

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long time! You'll see how he feels after a few nights in his bed. Mark

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cloud is the skipper of the Derry- Londonderry and the man responsible

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for getting the legendary safely around the world. Is it really that

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tough? It is. If it was not, people would not do it. It is tough, the

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ceiling and living together on a yacht. It takes a lot to key people

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motivated all the way around the world and there is anxiety and fear.

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It is very tough. As the only professional, they must be pressure

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on you when the high seas starts? Yes, we know what we're doing by

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now. The guys at the beginning of the race, it was like training. But

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as it has progressed, it has got better and better. These boats are

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pretty strong and they look after us. What was the first night like

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when it got really busy and they were thrown in at the deep end?

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was a shock for some people. Managing a big crew like this,

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amateurs, isn't easy. We all managed pretty well, there was a

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lot of team work. We got through it. A all accounts there was a great

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bond with the crew, any high points? Lots of low points and

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tremendous highs. Very low and very high. Coming into here, it has been

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magical. And the welcome was superb. On land, they should be getting

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time off and you have them working? It never stops around here, there

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is a quick turnaround, we have a few days in court but there is a

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lot of maintenance to be done with cleaning and rigging. And training

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and thinking about the next race. Have you had your feet up? No, I'll

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go back to see. Thank you. We will hear from some more of the short --

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more of the crew shortly. What is it like to travel round-the-world

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in a clever? During a space not much bigger than a bus with 20

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other people? Earlier in the way, Gavin got a taste of life on board.

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I could get used to life at the helm. Peaceful and serene and look

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at the view. But down below it's not quite as glamourous. This is

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the galley, it is the home within the home. We eat really well, we

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have freeze-dried food, three times a week, but we have corned beef #,

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fish pies, we make our own bread in the oven so the mothers will make

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bread. The explain... Every day, two

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people come off the watch system for the day, from 6 am until 9pm

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and they are the mother. Then make breakfast, lunch, dinner, the hot

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drinks and fill water bottles. They just look after you. It is pretty

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can write down. What is it like cooking when it's different?

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oven is on a gamble, it rocks along with the boat but this will be down

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here. It is on such an angle and you tend to stand here and clean up

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words to the washing up. Things come flying out and we have leaks.

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Sometimes we have to protect the food from the salt water. How is

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life? Bonby, wept. But it is almost kiss on about. But you're getting

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wet and cold up there. We have six hours on and off and then it is

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four hours on and off. You're lucky if you get 2.5 hours sleeping.

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Every home has a good run and this is it on the boat. This is where

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you relax? It is chaos in here. He had six to seven guys in this

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little area, trying to get out of their gear. Or happens when you get

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hacked off? There is no work to go except your bunk bed. Really, you

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just have to get on with everybody and he cannot, you just deal with

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it or talk it out as best you can't or just go to your bunk because it

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is hard and everybody gets frustrated with everybody. And the

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sensitive issue of hygiene? Hygiene on the boat, we are very conscious,

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we clean everything twice a day. Especially our heads. This is where

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you go to the toilet and also the shower. The rule is, when you have

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been to the head, you bond it up, wash your hands and climb up and

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throw it into the sea with a loud shout of bombs away! And then come

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back and wash your hands. You have a shower on the day that you are

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the mother and on the day that you clean the bilge. Twice a week. Not

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a lot. They do see the shower in Operation... This is it. Life at

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sea. I'm sure you would have to sit down? To have a shower? I want some

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privacy! Get out! Can you imagine that! But for the faint-hearted and

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I am told that below deck, it was actually a lot smaller than it even

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looks on television. The woman leading the team who brought the

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boats to Derry is the chief executive of the council, Sharon

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O'Connor, and you have had a fantastic we? We have enjoyed

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ourselves. Successful? Undoubtedly. That is evident all around you with

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many hundreds of people out today. And the tens of hundreds that have

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been out over the last week enjoying a colourful spectacle and

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lots of educational opportunities all round. In terms of the big

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build up to 2013, it has been phenomenal. And the community are

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clamouring for more of this. They think it is a success. Why have

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been the benefits for hosting this? The reason we are doing these

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events is to try to reposition the city in the minds of the public,

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not just the international public but the regional public as well. To

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get them to take a second look at the City and to reconsider this

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place as somewhere that you would want to visit and work-in and

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Invest NI. And perhaps lived. In those terms, it is telling the new

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story in a visual way and also a lining the City and allowing it to

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rediscover this asset, the Riverside and you can see what we

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have done. We have had substantial investment. And we are reaping the

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benefits all round today. You have put lots of money into this. When

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you got the nod 18 months ago, did you think it would be as good as

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this? I have only been here for seven months so there was a lot of

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work done before my arrival but it has been a great example of that

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team effort on behalf of the city. I must be knowledge that I have

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seen some of the boat's international aid and I had the

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opportunity to look at this and other places and other cities did

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not capitalise on this in the way that we have so I have to say that

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until you see the scale and substance of this, you don't get a

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full appreciation. We have tried to make it a unique experience. Lots

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of colour and local connections. A stop over maybe the chance for

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the Clipper crews to get their legs on dry land for a few days, but the

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work doesn't stop there. The boats need to be cleaned and ready for

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the next leg and there has been a steady stream of visitors keen to

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have a nosey around on board and chat with the visiting crews.

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Greencastle teacher, Michelle McCann has almost completed the

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round the world trip. She is on It is just marvellous. I find it

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very hard to explain how I feel. I would rank this day as being one of

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the best day day in my life. The reception we got from Derry and

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Donegal, it was spectacular. It was There were some very, very tough

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moments in it and I would say crossing the Southern Ocean was

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tough, but exhilarating, there was a lot of down wind sailing and it

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was fantastic. It was scary at times, but it was safe and it was

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very exciting. Crossing the Pacific was different. Occasionally I

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thought in bad times when I was lying in a wrecked bunk on a

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wrecked pillow at an angle of 35 degrees, very uncomfortable, sore,

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tired and I thought to myself, "Why am I here?" I could be home in my

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nice comfortable bed with my electric blanket, but not seriously.

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Anyway, I would be so tired, I would sleep anywhere.

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I'm an ordinary person with a reasonable happy life, but I've

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never done anything like this before and to think of myself as a

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circumnavigator, that's just amazing. I wonder if I have changed

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as a person? I am not sure about that. I know the experiences that I

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have will stay with me forever and I know I seen things in my

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character that I didn't know there were. I know there are a lot of

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qualities that I didn't know I have and there were a lot of things that

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I could have done a lot better. This experience will stay with me

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forever. I will never forget it. It has been wonderful.

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Well, this is the eighth Clipper race. It is held every two years

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and it is the brainchild of Sir Robin Knox Johnston. In 1969, Sir

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Robin was the first person to sail around the world non-stop and

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single handed and Sir Robin is here in the in the City to join in the

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home coming celebrations. Sir Robin, what have you made of the reception

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you got in Derry? We have had a fantastic reception in Derry. The

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council really got behind this and they made a tremendous event for

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the people of Derry, but they put themselves on the map at the same

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time. Would you take the race back here?

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Well, they have only got to ask. How does it compare to the other

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big events around the world? If you go to China, the city we go to

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there has the population of the hole of Ireland so it is different.

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It is more formal. But when you come here, you have got warmth. You

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have got ordinary people genuinely interested coming on board and

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wanting to chat to the crews. Talk to our crews and ask them what they

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think and they think it is so friendly here.

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What are you hoping to achieve with the race? The idea of Clipper is to

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let ordinary people do something extraordinary with their lives. The

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idea came when I was climbing with Chris bonington. I thought I wonder

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how much would cost. It was half as much as to go up Everest. We put an

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advertisement in the paper and got 8,000 responses. It is designed to

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let ordinary people, 40% of the crew have never been on a boat

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before. We train them up and make them safe and start to develop

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skills for them and by the time they come back, their skilled

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sailors. Do those skills translate out into

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life? What translates into life is that self-confidence, that greater

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assuredness that they build up through facing nature in the raw,

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it does build-up their confidence and you can see them them standing

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there looking more confident. It doesn't matter if they are 18, 19

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or 70, it is there. It gives them a toughness. It is

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more intimidating and hard work than it seems in the hole idea.

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Yes, I think people think sailing is gin and tonics, it isn't! It is

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hard work. I say racing in a sailing boat is chess with push-ups.

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It is very, very tough. Still to come:

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We will be taking a tour around one of the largest vessels here.

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I will be trying my hand at sailing something a lot smaller!

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And we will be sampling some of the flavours of the Foyle.

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First, the Clippers are not not the only attraction drawing the crowds

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as the Fiddle Convention has rolled into town. It is billed as the

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Olympics of the fiddle world and has drawn players of all shapes and

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sizes to the north-west. So who could we send along, but someone

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who has been on the fiddle for years.

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It is not true! How could it be true? I have got such an honest

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face! But it is not about me, it is about the fiddlers who have

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travelled over the world to meet and play together.

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Every year some of the best fiddlers in the world get together

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to trade techniques, to perform for their fans and to enjoy the craic.

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Others are well, judge for yourself!

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For the festival organisers, this has been years in the planning.

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This is the north add North Atlantic fiddle convention and it

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is the first time it has been held on the island of Ireland.

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Fiddlers from all over the world come here? All week, people have

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been calling it the Olympics of the fiddle world. The heavy hitters are

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here and all the dancers are here and there is a youth programme, and

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there is an academic conference. It is fiddle heaven or fiddle hell! We

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are calling it heaven. A treat comes from Belfast composer Neil

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Martin with a new piece created especially for this event

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It is part of the project and 100 fiddle players from Newfoundland

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are brought together and I have been commissioned to write music

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for them. Tas great social bond and kids over the world appreciate it.

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Did you not invent the fiddle p Gerry, we did.

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Compared to to these fiddlers, I have a long way to go. Look at

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these fingers flash. One group has come from Canada's

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East Coast. So what brings you here? We are here with a group of

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young fiddlers and we are from Newfoundland in Canada.

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Is this a holiday thing? Is it hard work? I think it is a holiday. It

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is a trip as well because we have got six young fiddlers with us who

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are in Ireland for the first time. Are you a mother hen to the kids?

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Well, that's the idea. That's our excuse for for being here.

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I am surprised by the talent in my own thattive city. -- native city.

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These players have raised the bar for everybody.

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We will have a special performance from a great young Derry talent

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later in the programme. The home coming festival has

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featured boats of all shapes and sizes.

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Earlier in the week two two vessels from from the Dutch Navy were the

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star attractions. We checked them Well, isn't this every young boy's

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dream? Whether playing in the bath or a games console. There is

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something exciting about being on a boat exploring the high seas. This

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is the Foyle Marina, we have been granted special permission to

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explore the biggest ship in town. Excuse me, please don't press any

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buttons. You might get us underway! I am terrified about that,

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commander. You must be so proud of being in charge of a ship like

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this? Absolutely. I am very proud to be the Commanding Officer of our

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newest ship. The ship is meant to conduct coastguard-type duties,

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counter piracy, counter drugs in the Caribbean and search and rescue.

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My normal crew is 50 and I expect to take her out for the first

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mission early next year. It is exciting to be on board, we

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are going to have a look around. The motto is look, but don't touch.

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Now, I was keen to see around this wonderful vessel and no better man

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to be tour guide than Chris. This is the business end of the ship?

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This is our self-defence weapons. We have canon. This is our canon

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and there are rapid fire canon and they are operated from inside and

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they are the the striking force of the ship.

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This is where I sleep. It is more lux more luxurious than most ships.

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I have my own shower. This is our radar interceptor. We use it to

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drop our forces off where they want to be. We use it for drugs

:27:00.:27:07.

trafficking to chase them around, make sure we get them and it is a

:27:07.:27:10.

smaller ship. It is true and it is a great place

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to end. Probably the fastest vessel at the festival. Now I'm signing

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off. Let's take this support a spin!

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-- let's take this for a spin! Sailing a Clipper yacht around the

:27:25.:27:29.

world would be hard to imagine if you didn't know the first thing

:27:29.:27:35.

about boats, the Ocean Youth Trust are on hand to give beginningers

:27:35.:27:45.
:27:45.:27:45.

the chance -- beginners the chance I am excited, a bit bit worried,

:27:45.:27:49.

because I've never been on a sailing boat before, but I'm

:27:49.:27:53.

excited. I've never been on a sailing boat

:27:53.:27:58.

either so I'm really excited. I'm looking forward to it.

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Jenny, you are the senior instructor. How do you get started

:28:02.:28:05.

in sailing? Well, there is opportunities like this that you

:28:05.:28:09.

can come down and try sailing. There is lots of local sailing

:28:09.:28:14.

clubs around Northern Ireland. If you push it away from you, you will

:28:14.:28:24.
:28:24.:28:27.

turn into the wind. When you turn it into towards you, you are

:28:27.:28:32.

turning away from the wind. You don't need to buy the equipment,

:28:32.:28:39.

you can rent it and buy it like you would in other sports.

:28:39.:28:43.

We're lucky with these boats. They are nice and stable so they are

:28:43.:28:47.

perfect for people who haven't sailed before.

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Push the tiller away like this. And duck. Watch your head!

:28:56.:29:00.

A lot of people will start and be very nervous at the beginning of

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the session and the more time they spend in the water, the more

:29:05.:29:08.

confident they will get. That's it. Watch your head. Watch

:29:08.:29:13.

your head. Straighten up now. Straighten up now. Well done.

:29:13.:29:19.

That's OK. A lot of people say maybe they have

:29:19.:29:23.

lived in Derry for a long time and never been on the river or it is

:29:23.:29:27.

nice to see the city that you live in from a different prospective.

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Well, Mike, how was it? It was great fun. I really enjoyed it.

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Did you find your sea legs all right, Pauline? Yes.

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Do you think you will be back for more? I would love love to do it

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again. We had a great time, but I don't think Dame Ellen MacArthur

:29:48.:29:56.

has anything to worry about just Sailing around the world and one of

:29:56.:30:01.

these isn't cheap, costing between �10,000.50 �1,000. To give local

:30:01.:30:05.

unemployed people the chance to share in experience, the council

:30:06.:30:11.

offered five bursaries and one of them is with us. Matthew, was this

:30:11.:30:15.

a life-changing experience? It was, at phenomenal opportunity to sail

:30:15.:30:21.

to San Francisco and New York. The weather was fantastic and there

:30:21.:30:25.

were some scary moments along the way. It was all good. Any

:30:25.:30:30.

preparation for how tough it was going to be? No preparation. It got

:30:30.:30:35.

so hard sometimes and then when things go wrong, you are working

:30:35.:30:41.

automatically. Trying to just do your best and get the boat moving.

:30:41.:30:45.

What were the things that you take it the most? Teamwork, physical

:30:45.:30:51.

work? I had done a lot of physical work on the boat and being in close

:30:51.:30:56.

quarters with so many people, you have to get along. Eating and

:30:56.:31:01.

sleeping with them and working with them, only 68 ft long and there are

:31:01.:31:10.

no places to hide. Or modesty out the window! Yes, even getting

:31:10.:31:13.

changed, the first couple of days you are thinking about it and then

:31:13.:31:18.

you do not care, you just strip off. I don't want to think about that.

:31:18.:31:23.

What would you say to anybody who was thinking of taking this on?

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would highly recommend anybody to try sailing. Especially racing

:31:28.:31:32.

boats. The adrenalin rush, the speed of the boat going through the

:31:32.:31:39.

waves, unbelievable. How are things going? Very well. I have a lot of

:31:39.:31:46.

new things on the horizon and I am working hard. Congratulations.

:31:46.:31:51.

Derry has always been a great place to eat out and we have been treated

:31:51.:31:57.

to the most fantastic aromas, for the tented food village at the

:31:57.:32:00.

Foyle Marina. The flavours of the seafood festival has given the

:32:00.:32:08.

hungry crowds the chance to savour some great local seafood. For the

:32:08.:32:12.

young at heart, there was a chance to get up, close and personal with

:32:12.:32:19.

some of the creatures you can find in the Foyle. For the unsuspecting,

:32:19.:32:28.

some fishy friends that proved that they could fight back. Don't get

:32:28.:32:36.

the tentacle up your nose! But as a proof of the pudding is in the

:32:36.:32:43.

eating, we sent Rigsy on it tasting quests... It would be a shame to

:32:43.:32:47.

have a show with the action taking place on the Foyle without

:32:47.:32:53.

discussing the marvels that lurk beneath. This is EoN, an Ulster

:32:53.:32:59.

chef. Is there any flavour of the fall? There is, you can see this

:32:59.:33:03.

beautiful array of fish and we will start off with monkfish. 20 years

:33:03.:33:07.

ago, this would have been thrown over the side of the boat. Now it's

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one of the most expensive. These lovely muscles are grown in the

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Foyle, beautiful. And this squid - smell that... De to does not smell

:33:19.:33:24.

of anything. That is how fresh it is. Look at this lovely codfish. I

:33:24.:33:29.

believe that the waters are richer here and they're eating healthily.

:33:29.:33:36.

We have great waters. And this is being landed at Greencastle. This

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is shipped off to Spain. Beatable. This is part of the court family.

:33:41.:33:45.

Like brothers and sisters. And we will go back to the restaurant to

:33:45.:33:53.

cook this. With fish is fresh, keep it simple. No harsh flavours. Some

:33:53.:34:02.

salt and pepper. Some oil in the pan. I will add my scalps.

:34:02.:34:12.
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Asparagus. The lovely muscles. Just in like that. Some white wine. We

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would just add some lovely spinach. Underneath the grow. You are just

:34:21.:34:29.

using one hand. The spinach is lovely and cooked. Look at this,

:34:29.:34:34.

just at the end, some nice, fresh parsley and lemon. So until things

:34:34.:34:41.

that bring out the flavour? Some spinach. -- simple things. Lovely.

:34:41.:34:49.

Spread those around. I want to put this back on to the heat. I want

:34:49.:34:58.

you to taste this. How good this is... Taste that? You can taste the

:34:58.:35:07.

wine and the butter. The lemon. Delicious. The flavours of the

:35:07.:35:16.

Foyle. You could just eat a bowl of at source on its own! That looked

:35:16.:35:25.

delicious. Still to come on the programme... We will enjoy some

:35:25.:35:30.

great music from exciting young talent. Joining in on a trip with

:35:30.:35:34.

plunderers from the past. I'm looking to the future with a

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special take on Derry from Gerry Anderson... Danny and Henryk

:35:41.:35:45.

O'Sullivan had a compelling reason to join the legendary crew. They

:35:45.:35:48.

work thousands of miles apart and don't get to spend too much time

:35:48.:35:52.

together. No better way to fix that than to sail across the North

:35:52.:35:56.

Atlantic together. As they battled through long, cold nights and

:35:56.:36:06.
:36:06.:36:10.

stormy seas, wandering kept them going. -- wandering. Great. Lovely.

:36:10.:36:20.
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At times I find it terrifying. It was exhilarating. An exhausting,

:36:25.:36:29.

and you try to put that into context and you realise that it is

:36:29.:36:35.

a unique experience. The journey was pretty rough. 35 degrees. Going

:36:35.:36:40.

up and down, sideways, left and right. It's like sitting in a

:36:40.:36:46.

washing machine. It certainly was an opportunity for us to be

:36:46.:36:51.

acquainted with each other again. We started this process about two

:36:51.:36:56.

years ago and we but signed up. We completed the training courses

:36:56.:37:00.

together, we wanted to be on the same boat and on the same watch.

:37:00.:37:06.

And we have had some great communications. And that has been

:37:06.:37:10.

absent over 10 years. We have a great family bond and this has

:37:11.:37:16.

helped to bring us together as brothers and it has been fantastic,

:37:16.:37:23.

look at the difference in the phone bills! I have known that myself and

:37:23.:37:29.

Danny as brothers have had a great bond. It has given us a chance to

:37:29.:37:37.

rekindle the friendship that we had and we are on the same level, or

:37:37.:37:40.

humour is the same. It has given us an opportunity to spend quality

:37:40.:37:46.

time together and rebuild that bond that we did have. But on this day,

:37:46.:37:50.

over the years, it has slipped away because Danny is in Australia and I

:37:50.:38:00.
:38:00.:38:01.

am in Ireland and we don't contact each other that much. This has been

:38:01.:38:05.

an experience that most people will never do in their lifetime. I did

:38:05.:38:09.

not expect to do this and it has been very positive. I looked at

:38:09.:38:14.

doing the challenge to get myself out of the box. Julie push myself.

:38:14.:38:23.

I think I have done that. -- to really push myself. One of the

:38:23.:38:26.

things that has sustained us through those Topper times is the

:38:26.:38:31.

fact that we have family, friends and the people of Derry looking out

:38:31.:38:34.

for us and checking us on the internet and making sure that we're

:38:34.:38:38.

coming home, and our family are all here and we're looking forward to

:38:38.:38:43.

seeing them and it is going to be a fantastic time here. Whether it is

:38:43.:38:49.

short or long, we will enjoy it. You'll see what happens next year.

:38:49.:38:57.

North Pole, here we come! I would not put it past those boys.

:38:57.:39:00.

Jonathan is part of the team who moved this maritime circus around

:39:00.:39:06.

the world. How big an operation has it been? It is big, 10 huge boats

:39:06.:39:10.

going around the world and a team of 50 people and you will see up

:39:10.:39:14.

and down the pontoon, maintenance crew, people looking after the team

:39:14.:39:19.

members on the boats, people with logistics, just a massive operation

:39:19.:39:21.

that we take around the world with containers of spare parts and

:39:21.:39:25.

engineering parts. And you are right, this is something that when

:39:25.:39:30.

you're taking 500 people around the world in total over one year,

:39:30.:39:33.

visiting 15 countries on six continents... You have to get the

:39:33.:39:38.

team together and this is a big job. At you provide any support when

:39:38.:39:41.

they are in the biggest oceans and the world? The professional

:39:41.:39:45.

skippers on board know what they're doing and on board, even though

:39:45.:39:51.

they are ordinary people, they come with skills. We have them one hand,

:39:51.:39:54.

ready, and we can bring the boats together if necessary but if

:39:54.:39:58.

something happens in the middle of the ocean, we can talk to the

:39:58.:40:02.

coastguard and medical attention can be given. The crew, skills,

:40:02.:40:05.

what are you looking for with someone who will be part of the

:40:05.:40:10.

crew of these boats? Mainly, a sense of adventure. The recruitment

:40:10.:40:14.

guy tries to put them off and it is still want to do it, we have the

:40:14.:40:18.

right person but it is that sense of adventure. 40% of the people

:40:18.:40:21.

have never sailed before but they have had a lot of training before

:40:21.:40:26.

they get onto the water and we have had people up to the age of 73

:40:26.:40:31.

doing this. No limits. Everybody says this is an eye-opener? They

:40:31.:40:35.

kiss, it is tough out there. Dot in terms of the challenging Moshim and

:40:35.:40:40.

the wind, hurricane-force, blistering temperatures. For not

:40:40.:40:43.

knowing what's going to happen whatsoever and living with 18

:40:43.:40:48.

people in a small space. He have taken this race two lots of cities

:40:48.:40:52.

around the world. How does Derry match up? Derry-Londonderry has

:40:52.:40:56.

been magnificent and there is an expression here, legendary, and it

:40:56.:41:00.

has been the case from the people, to the crews, to everything we have

:41:00.:41:06.

encountered. One of the warmest welcomes we have had. How had the

:41:06.:41:10.

skippers countered -- coped? They have coped reasonably well. These

:41:10.:41:15.

are dry puts and they work hard and when they, sure, they partied hard

:41:15.:41:19.

but now it is clear heads, getting ready for the last parts of the

:41:19.:41:24.

race. Her key. They deserve to party. If you thought this festival

:41:24.:41:28.

was all about high-tech ships, you are only half right because earlier

:41:28.:41:36.

on, I had the chance to ride the waves were some older invaders... -

:41:36.:41:44.

- with. This week has seen to great maritime invasions on the Foyle.

:41:44.:41:50.

The first we know about, the 10 boats of the clip around the world

:41:50.:41:52.

yacht race and the others are time travellers, dozens of Viking

:41:52.:41:57.

warriors on a mission to plunder. The real Vikings were plunderers

:41:57.:42:04.

but we're a lot more gentle. We are the Ardglass Vikings. Primarily, we

:42:04.:42:07.

are a charity group that helps other groups raise money but we are

:42:07.:42:12.

in Derry today with two Viking longships. These boats are the real

:42:12.:42:17.

deal. Each is 36 ft long and every detail, from the Dragons head to

:42:17.:42:22.

the wooden oars, is historically accurate. History is at the heart

:42:22.:42:28.

of Ardglass Vikings. The Vikings were looking for plunder and we had

:42:28.:42:32.

so many monasteries in places like this in Ireland when they could

:42:32.:42:36.

find gold and silver and one thing that people do not realise is that

:42:36.:42:40.

people were an important commodity. It explains and Ireland was an

:42:40.:42:44.

important place for that. As for today's Vikings, they might be

:42:44.:42:47.

Wigan Warriors but away from the battlefield, they are no more

:42:47.:42:51.

dangerous than the rest of us. During the week I make bridesmaids

:42:51.:42:58.

dresses. At the weekends I do the Vikings. One highlight is a chance

:42:58.:43:05.

for young people to experience the Viking life. There was met on board

:43:05.:43:09.

are from all over the place, from Derry, Donegal, as far south as

:43:09.:43:12.

Australia and New Zealand and I have to say, they are looking

:43:12.:43:21.

scared. The excuse me, is this Derry?! We have been here before,

:43:21.:43:29.

you know! Try putting the orders into the water! He will make me

:43:29.:43:34.

walk the plank in a minute! There is no such thing as a plank on a

:43:34.:43:41.

Viking longship! This is no pleasure crews! We are Vikings! And

:43:41.:43:51.
:43:51.:43:54.

we roll and wrote... --row and row. Vikings did not have horns and

:43:54.:44:00.

their helmets. Disneyland put that into play, that does not exist.

:44:00.:44:05.

When you go home tonight, don't put your hands into the water...

:44:05.:44:11.

Because they will just swell up. You should get a goose, cut up the

:44:11.:44:15.

goose and boiler for some time and as the oil runs out, put your hands

:44:15.:44:25.
:44:25.:44:30.

into the oil. I had better get my husband almost...! -- husband and

:44:30.:44:40.
:44:40.:44:43.

to this. Come on, baby... Lovely... They have opted for a modern

:44:43.:44:50.

approach. I heard that! This is because you are inadequate and

:44:50.:44:59.

lacking in power. And pasta, great for the City and the people. A

:44:59.:45:03.

great experience for young people and this is free, everybody got on

:45:03.:45:07.

so well. This was a great trip. They are a great bunch of

:45:07.:45:12.

characters. I enjoyed it. children seem to love it. All good

:45:12.:45:17.

fun. That has been a huge success for the Ardglass Vikings, with

:45:17.:45:22.

their swords, hammers and shields. They have successfully married a

:45:22.:45:28.

historic learning experience with It was great craic, despite the hit

:45:28.:45:34.

and miss weather all week the festival site has been the place to

:45:34.:45:38.

We are from Yorkshire and we came to see the festival because we saw

:45:38.:45:41.

it in Hull and the weather has been great.

:45:41.:45:44.

It is a good image rather than some of the things that you have seen in

:45:44.:45:49.

the past and hopefully it will be a boost to tourism.

:45:49.:45:54.

There was big Navy boats, the Dutch Navy. Unfortunately she is still

:45:54.:46:04.
:46:04.:46:06.

here. I thought she might have got It is absolutely fantastic. Tas lot

:46:06.:46:12.

of fun. I love the sea. I love boats and I love seeing the boats

:46:12.:46:15.

and the interest there is and families and everybody walking

:46:15.:46:20.

around. There is a lovely light atmosphere.

:46:20.:46:23.

For years I would have been wary about coming to the city. It makes

:46:23.:46:30.

a change to have stuff on on this side and the Waterside, the the

:46:30.:46:35.

Waterside has been neglected for years.

:46:35.:46:38.

It is fantastic. There is so much for kids and for us as well to get

:46:39.:46:43.

a good look at everything that's happening. I have never seen a

:46:43.:46:46.

Clipper yacht up that close. It brought everybody together and

:46:46.:46:51.

that's the main reason behind it. There is people here I haven't seen

:46:51.:47:00.

in years. She met me and said said, "Have you got no home to go to to?"

:47:01.:47:08.

We spent all week here. It is less than six months before

:47:08.:47:14.

Derry, Londonderry takes on the City of Culture 2014. What should

:47:14.:47:19.

we expect as a cultural spotlight hits these famous walls?

:47:19.:47:29.
:47:29.:47:30.

Our time, our place. UK City of Culture 2013, Derry, Londonderry,

:47:30.:47:33.

Stroke City, there maybe a name about the debate, but the people of

:47:33.:47:37.

this city have always known this is the city of culture except the rest

:47:37.:47:47.
:47:47.:47:48.

of the world took sometime to catch And the people of Derry Derry will

:47:48.:47:54.

approach this from a strange angle. Take these two cows. The old Derry

:47:54.:48:00.

and the people who came from Donegal to work. The the new Derry

:48:00.:48:04.

is herement the Clipper Waugh, people coming -- the Clipper cow,

:48:04.:48:12.

people coming to see us from all all over the world. This is the

:48:12.:48:16.

Peace Bridge. I was born over there beside the water. When I was a kid,

:48:16.:48:22.

I was never on this river, I never took part in water sports because I

:48:22.:48:26.

didn't didn't think it belonged to me. Now this bridge is a lifeline

:48:26.:48:31.

and the city of culture is a way that people can can show the world

:48:31.:48:36.

what they can do. They can show them we are not the horrible people

:48:36.:48:42.

we used to be. We have stopped fighting. This was a link to the

:48:42.:48:50.

future which was not great, a lifeline. This is a memorial a

:48:50.:48:58.

Joseph Lock, unveiled by John Hume and Phil Coulter. Music and the

:48:58.:49:05.

arts always flourished here. What is needed is a kick start,

:49:05.:49:09.

considering when you think of the talent the young people have. Derry

:49:09.:49:14.

Docks were always vibrant and exciting. I'm standing here because

:49:14.:49:20.

I use to work here among the pigs and the grain used to come from the

:49:20.:49:23.

boats. I used to stand there covered in grain. Look down there,

:49:23.:49:27.

look at those boats. This could be any city in Europe, Barcelona,

:49:27.:49:32.

without the rain, of course! But the UK City of Culture is special

:49:33.:49:36.

because we have to capture the buzz created by the events that go on

:49:36.:49:42.

and make it the norm rather than the exception.

:49:42.:49:47.

But the thoughts there of Gerry Anderson, but what should we expect

:49:47.:49:54.

from the city for 2013? Martin Bradley is chair of the organisers.

:49:54.:49:57.

You have been at the festival all week. What lessons have you learned

:49:57.:50:02.

as you look ahead to 2013? It is just brilliant that we have had

:50:02.:50:05.

this experience this week and we have had a number of events, we

:50:05.:50:10.

have the Olympic flame coming to the city, we had the Peace One Day

:50:10.:50:14.

concert, we had the the international film convention, so

:50:14.:50:21.

there has been a tremendous lead-up of events preparing us for 2013 and

:50:21.:50:25.

it has been great to see the crowds. All the lessons learned about crowd

:50:25.:50:31.

control and the parking, all the lessons have been phenomenal and it

:50:31.:50:38.

sets us in good stead for 2013. You got the nod two years ago. How

:50:38.:50:43.

much of those events, the torch and the Clipper Festival, how much have

:50:43.:50:46.

they helped new your preparation as soon as. Well, they have been a

:50:47.:50:51.

huge help because it is important that we were able to use these as

:50:51.:50:54.

practise events in terms of crowd control and the parking and the all

:50:54.:50:58.

other the issues that people don't think goes on to make events like

:50:58.:51:04.

this happen. Next year and 2013, there isn't a street in the city

:51:04.:51:08.

that doesn't have an event. We will have the Turner Prize, we are

:51:08.:51:15.

commissioning new plays, there are choral pieces doing written, we

:51:15.:51:18.

have choreographers coming to the city and every school child will be

:51:18.:51:22.

involved in terms of making and performing music. It will be a year

:51:22.:51:27.

long series of events and this year, events like this are a taster for

:51:27.:51:30.

what people can expect and the atmosphere and the buzz and the

:51:30.:51:35.

excitement. The city is physically transforming. We built a new marine,

:51:35.:51:39.

we have the Peace Bridge, we have new hotels being opened as we speak

:51:39.:51:44.

and it is all happening for 2013 and it will be a phenomenal year to

:51:44.:51:47.

be in Derry. You mentioned the children there.

:51:47.:51:50.

How important are the people of Derry and the surrounding area

:51:50.:51:55.

going to be in terms of getting 2013 off the ground? Well, I mean,

:51:55.:52:03.

we can put as many plays and dance routines as you like, but if people

:52:03.:52:06.

don't participate, that's what makes it. There is a physical

:52:06.:52:08.

transformation going on in the city, but there is a psychological

:52:08.:52:11.

transformation. The city is buzzing. There is a confidence in people and

:52:11.:52:15.

people can see yes, we can put on these events and we can put them on

:52:15.:52:18.

very well and you can see by the crowds here and the crowds

:52:18.:52:23.

welcoming the Clipper, Derry people really come out and it will be an

:52:23.:52:26.

amazing atmosphere and our neighbours in Donegal and across

:52:26.:52:31.

the water... You could talk forever, Martin. Thank you very much indeed,

:52:31.:52:36.

good luck for 2013. The next year will give Derry the

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chance to show case many of its talents. One of of these is Meave

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 102 seconds

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McGinley and she has dazzled Fabulous. Meave McGinley. Now

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before we leave you, take a look at this wonderful tall ship, the Earl

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of Pembroke which has arrived in the city, but it was a journey that

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As it was approaching the city, the Foyle Bridge stood between the Earl

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of Pembroke and its berth. Navigating this tall ship to pass

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underneath the bridge was a tricky task and the responsibility of the

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vessel's skipper. There was pretty close. We had to

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dip the mast to ensure our clearance. We were in half a meter

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of the bridge. Tell us about the history of the

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ship. Originally built in Sweden in 1946. She carried lumber for many

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years and then this company got hold of her and built her up to

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what she is today. That investment has paid off because she is a movie

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star. She has been in numerous movies, we have done a film which

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is later out this year and it has famous names and faces in it with

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Tom Hanks playing a major part and it was good to work alongside him.

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The history and heritage of the tall ship is proving to be one of

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the big hits of the festival. It is a great experience for the

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children to see how a boat would sail. It has been a great

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experience for us to come on. A beautiful boat. Very impressive.

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It looks older than it really is. It is a fantastic boat. It is brill

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brilliant for the children to see what a real pirates ship is like

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and feel as if they are the real Jack Sparrow!

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When it comes to sheer elegance, Yes, indeed. What a great old ship.

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Well, that's just about all we have time for, but there is a lot more

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happening at Clipper Festival over the weekend. There is a concert and

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fireworks display just about to get underway across the river.

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Tomorrow the city bids farewell to the Clippers at 2pm as the fleet

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get back into race mode or the next leg of the journey over to the

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Netherlands. The festival continues until Sunday so there is lots of

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A chance to join the celebrations as Derry/Londonderry welcomes the Clipper round-the-world boat race to the banks of the Foyle.


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