The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race:
The race was conceived in 1995 by yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (the first to sail single-handed, unassisted, and non-stop around the world) and William Ward. Together they founded Clipper Ventures which designs and promotes major marine events capable of attracting significant participation, media coverage as well as associated sponsorship revenue.
Clipper Ventures has been The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race organizer since its first race in 1996. The event gives paying amateur crew members the chance to sail around the world on new Clipper '68 boats, designed by Dubois naval architects and built by Double Happiness Shipyards in Shanghai. Each yacht is provided with a qualified skipper to lead each team. Crew can either sign up for the whole race, or one or more legs.
Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race comes to Qingdao:
When the starting gun goes off for the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race in August 2011, the fleet of ten sleek, stripped down 68-foot yachts will embark on a full circumnavigation of the globe. Around 450 people, facing the challenge of a lifetime, will race 40,000 nautical miles around the world.
The adventure will start from Southampton (UK) in August 2011 and cross the Atlantic Ocean, the South Atlantic, the Southern Ocean, the Java and South China Seas plus the mighty Pacific. It will deliver two of the three great capes: Cape of Good Hope and Cape Leeuwin while also visiting New Zealand for the first time in Clipper's history. The Crew is composed housewives, taxi drivers, chief executives, lawyers, doctors, carpenters, truck drivers, IT specialists, marketing executives and even members of the clergy.
The Clipper 11-12 fleet will stop at 15 ports (United Kingdom, Northern Europe, Brazil - Rio de Janeiro, South Africa, Western Australia, New Zealand, Eastern Australia, Singapore, China - Qingdao, California, Panama, New York, Nova Scotia, Ireland, Europe) around the world before arriving back in the UK where they are due to arrive sometime in July 2012. Teams should arrive in the Qingdao International Marina & Olympic Sailing Center (OSC) at the end of February 2012 (EDA 22-25 Feb 2012).
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