London - Team LMAX Exchange have been crowned the overall winners of the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race. The amateur crew completed the epic eleven month, 40,000 mile journey around the globe and endured some of the most extreme conditions ever experienced in the event's 20-year history.
With nine podium places and six race wins the LMAX Exchange team topped the leader board for most of the race series, however with only six points separating the top two boats in the final last race there was everything to play for, with twelve points up for grabs.
David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Exchange, who joined the team for Race 6 of the 14-stage series, the Sydney Hobart Race, said: "As a sponsor I can't recommend this event enough as a way to build your brand around the globe and give your clients an experience that money can't buy. As a race participant I'd tell everyone considering the 2017-18 race to just go for it; it is once in a lifetime and you will experience thrills and hardships that you can't comprehend but will change you for the better forever."
The Clipper Race fleet returned to London's St Katharine Dock on Saturday morning and were welcomed by thousands of spectators who lined the River Thames to catch a glimpse of the twelve Clipper Race teams, whose crew represent 44 different nationalities.
"This race has been extremely tough," said Clipper Race founder and yachting legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-69. "The conditions encountered in the Pacific were the worst we've seen in 20 years of running the race."
The Clipper 2015-16 Race departed London on 30 August 2015 and visited 14 different ports in ten different countries during the race series. The route took teams from London to Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Albany (Western Australia), Sydney, Airlie Beach (the Whitsundays), Da Nang (Vietnam), Qingdao (China), Seattle, Panama, New York, Derry-Londonderry, and Den Helder (the Netherlands), and back to London.