Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Heading to Seattle
June 25, 2015
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, cheap the world’s longest ocean challenge, see has announced it will stop in Seattle, USA, next year for the first time in its nineteen year history.
“I’m really looking forward to bringing the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to Seattle for the first time,” said Clipper Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.
“As well as being an exciting host port for our crew members and partners, it is also an excellent international platform for Seattle to promote itself and its strengths to our global race community.”
The matched fleet of twelve 70-foot ocean racing yachts will arrive in Seattle’s Bell Harbor Marina in mid-April 2016 after completing the 5,600 mile ‘North Pacific Ocean Challenge’ leg from Qingdao, China.
Ralph Morton, Executive Director of the Seattle Sports Commission commented: “Hosting the Clipper Race allows Seattle to showcase all of its great attractions, opportunities and industries to an international audience.”
“This platform will allow Seattle an opportunity to develop long-term relationships with both domestic and international partners and drive economic opportunity to the Pacific Northwest. We look forward to welcoming Clipper Race crew and supporters to Seattle and wish them a wonderful stay in our great city.”
The Clipper Race fleet will be berthed in the city for approximately ten days after a gruelling month-long race across the challenging waters of the North Pacific.
Hundreds of crew, friends, family and supporters will have a well-earned break and get to explore the city and surrounding area. Seattle will then kick-start the American Coast to Coast Leg of the Clipper Race to New York City, via the Panama Canal.