Airlie BeachClipper Round the World Yacht RaceQuee

Airlie BeachClipper Round the World Yacht RaceQuee

August 12, 2019 odsgvvpg 0

first_imgAirlie BeachClipper Round the World Yacht RaceQueenslandWhitsundays Airlie Beach, in Queensland’s Whitsundays, has been announced as a host port for the 2018 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, with 12 yachts, their skippers and their international crew and supporters visiting as the final stop of the Australian leg of the race.To celebrate in style, the stopover will be complemented by a festival set to include a large-scale Welcome Event, a regional rodeo and a spectacular lunch on the iconic Whitehaven Beach.Under the deal, which has been signed off in England by the event’s legendary founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnson, the entire fleet of the Clipper Race will stopover in the Whitsundays in January 2018 for the week-long Whitsunday Clipper Race Carnival.Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones said the carnival was expected to attract more than 4000 visitors to the Whitsundays and generate more than $3 million for the local economy.“The Whitsundays is a jewel in our tourism crown so for it to be confirmed as a host port for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is another significant achievement. “We all know the impact of Tropical Cyclone Debbie on this community but we also know the resilience and determination of the people and businesses in the Whitsundays.“We look forward to hosting the skippers and their crew, as well as family, friends and supporters of the race in Airlie Beach, providing some welcome respite and showing off the best of what Queensland has to offer.”Legendary yachtsman and founder of the Clipper Race, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who was the first person to sail solo, non-stop around the world in 1968-69, said the Whitsundays was the perfect host port for the race.“The Whitsundays was an extremely popular stopover port during our last race, for the crew, supporters, and the Clipper Race team alike,” he said.“A truly stunning location for our crew members and partners, and a perfect place to really relax and unwind midway through our intense race route.“Being a Clipper 2017-18 Race Host Port will not only enable the Whitsundays region to host our international crew members but also to continue to promote itself and its beautiful surroundings to our global race community as a leading sailing and tourism destination in the Southern Hemisphere.”The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is held every two years and features 12 yachts sailed by more than 700 amateur crew in a 40,000 nautical mile race around the globe.last_img

 

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