Looking to go on the adventure of a lifetime? Allow us to introduce you to one of the most extreme sporting events in existence: Clipper Round the World.
What is it?
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, amateur sailors circumnavigate the globe in eight legs. Racers can choose to compete in the whole, 40,000-mile adventure, or to complete just a few individual legs. This year’s event will be the eleventh edition ever held.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, best known as the first person to sail solo, and non-stop, around the world, dreamt-up this event in 1996.Today, Knox-Johnson and his team of organizers supply a fleet of twelve, 70-foot racing yachts, along with highly trained skippers, allowing ordinary, everyday people the opportunity to sail around the world. What are you doing next summer? Applications are available for next year’s event right now!
Where does it take place?
Seattle will host the seventh leg of the race, welcoming sailors to Bell Harbor Marina on Puget Sound in Elliott Bay. Bell Harbor is in the heart of the city–just steps away from Pike Place Market and Seattle Center. Other stops in the race include Liverpool, Cape Town, and Qingdao, China.
When is it coming to Seattle?
This year, racers are expected to make their appearance in the Seattle skyline between April 14 – 19. All-in the whole race takes about ten months to complete.
Why do I care?
Seattle’s maritime history and outdoorsy population make it a perfect host port and partner in the event. If you’re in town mid-April, hang out at the Bell Harbor Marina to welcome weary sailors, and celebrate their incredible accomplishment. The city plans to greet sailors with music, food, and general merriment.
Clipper Round the World Seattle Details
We’re so excited to welcome the Clipper Round the World to Seattle! Check out all the event details here.