The 11-month Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. saw a total of 670 crew members from 42 different countries battling hurricanes, surviving a tornado, and dealing with emergencies including the rescue of a man who went overboard in the Pacific Ocean for 90 minutes.

Winning team Henri Lloyd, skippered by Canadian Eric Holden, was presented with the Clipper Race trophy at St Katharine Docks. Great Britain won the final sprint leg of the race from the Netherlands, arriving back into Southend yesterday evening.

The race is crewed exclusively by amateur sailors and has earned a reputation as one of the world’s toughest endurance challenges. Only the skippers are professionals.

It's only race in the world where the organisers supply the fleet of racing yachts – each sponsored by a brand and manned with a fully-qualified skipper. 

Each boat carries a crew of mixed nationalities comprised of people from all walks of life.

Over 250 crew participated in the race’s final leg which is split into three stages: New York to Derry-Londonderry, then on to Den Helder and finally to London.