The Southern Daily Echo report:

THE Daily Echo can today reveal why Southampton didn’t bid to stage one of the world’s most famous sailing events.

A Freedom of Information request by the Echo has discovered the city council snubbed the chance to host the latest edition of the round-the-world Clipper Race because it could not afford it.

Winning the bid would have cemented Southampton’s claim as the home of ocean racing, which it regained last year by hosting the start and finish of the 2011-12 event.

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