Clipper 09-10 Race Summary: Sailing in Qingdao, China
Qingdao ClipperThe yacht race began on September 13th from Humber on the UK's east coast and has brought sailors to La Rochelle , Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town,  Western Australia, Singapore, and soon Qingdao (ETA February 19th-22nd).

During race 5 to Singapore Cork hit a submerged reef in the Java Sea.   Crew members and skipper were rescued by California and Team Finland which were in the vicinity and immediately stood by off shore to assist.  The skipper and crew of Cork used their life rafts to transfer to the waiting boats.  California made her way to Singapore with 8 of the crew, while Team Finland joined by Qingdao remained with the skipper and remaining crew until the final assessment was completed.  Edinburgh Inspiring Capital joined to help retrieve the personal belongings of Cork crew members.  Eventually Team Finland continued its journey to Singapore with the remaining crew of Cork.  After it was determined that the yacht was beyond repair, Edinburgh Inspiring Capital and Qingdao with Cork’s skipper sailed on to Singapore.

After a short stopover in Qingdao and a grand farewell ceremony, yachts will begin race 7 to San Francisco on March 2nd.  From there the race will continue on to Panama , Jamaica, New York, Zexideni, Cork, Europe, and in July 2010 after 35,000 miles of ocean racing back to Humber, UK.

Race 6 Results** Cork hit submerged reef in the Java Sea during race 5 (Geraldton, Western Australia to Singapore) and was unable to be repaired.  A new boat is being prepared and should be ready and waiting in Panama.

Qingdao Stopover Events:
*Welcome Ceremony (Feb.20th-22nd 2010).
*Awards Ceremony (The evening of Feb.24th 2010).
*Open Yachts (Feb.28th-29th 2010).
* Starting Ceremony of Race 7 to San Francisco (March 2nd 2010).

During February 28th and 29th at the Qingdao International Marina, the Clipper Yachts will available for an "Open House" in which local citizens, expats, and travelers will be able to visit yachts and meet the crew.
Free tickets available at:
Fuzhou Lu China Telecom
32 Fuzhou South Road
Telephone: +86 (532) 8668-1001
ShiNan District > FuShan Bay Area (Central Qingdao)
福州南路32号, 中国山东省青岛市市南区
*Passport or ID Card Required

Throughout the Clipper 09-10 stopover at the Qingdao International Marina & Olympic Sailing Center a Chinese New Year carnival will be open for the public holding various activities such as folk art exhibitions, lantern riddles, children's park, etc.

Visit Clipper Round the World Yacht Race for more details.
Photo 'Qingdao Clipper' © Clipper Ventures PLC