The champagne corks were popping as the local entry arrived in Derry in first place on the penultimate leg of the Clipper Round the World race. Local skipper Sean McCarter was in great spirits and pleased to be on dry land after a challenging race. The crew were greeted by thousands of spectators who had waited for their arrival on the quayside. And they were making plenty of noise to welcome them home. Friends and family of crew members had come to meet them also, and there were emotional scenes on the quayside as they squeezed their way through the crowds. Camera crews wanted to get the best possible shot they could, so we were all trying to avoid tripping over each other. Quite a few events were being planned for the week ahead. The city was alive with the buzz of the arrival of the clippers in Derry. I was fairly sure that there would a few few sore heads this week. And a few pints of stout would be consumed in the bars to celebrate the crews getting this far in the race still in good spirits. The win puts them in fourth position overall and could see them snap up a podium place if they pull out all the stops on their final leg to London.