The Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race ended on Saturday at Hull's Marina. Ten identical 68 foot boats were involved, each one sponsored by a city, region or country. I believe the winner was Spirit of Australia with the local boat Hull & Humber coming fourth. However; the event was less about a race than advertising the region's business development and making commercial contacts. Whether the results merited the cost of this somewhat strange way of touting for business remains to be seen.
It was estimated that between fifty to eighty thousand people thronged the Marina area to welcome them back and to have a good time with entertainments and food stalls and so on.