Twelve teams competing in the unique Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race, including many interesting South Africans, will arrive into the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, this week, from 19 October, after completing the second of thirteen global stages in this 40,000nm epic endurance challenge.
One of the planet’s toughest challenges, the eleven-month Clipper Race is the only event on the planet which trains everyday people to take on one of Mother Nature’s toughest tests. 40% of crew have had no previous sailing experience before signing up and include one competitor from a South African township who had never seen the sea before he started his training just a month ago.
South Africa is one of only two countries to feature as a stopover in all eleven editions of the Clipper Race. This will be the fleet’s ninth visit to Cape Town, and it twice visited Durban.
712 non-professional crew, representing more than 40 different nationalities (including 17 South African crew and one team Skipper) will take part in the overall Clipper 2017-18 Race, making it our biggest edition ever. This is where CEOs join train drivers, nurses, dairy farmers, students, join together to take on some of the planet’s most remote and harshest conditions.
Since leaving Liverpool, UK, on 20th August, the twelve 70-foot ocean racing yachts have raced to Punta del Este, Uruguay, and are now heading to Cape Town where they will be berthed at the V&A Waterfront until 31st October.
From Cape Town the teams will race onwards through the Southern Ocean to Fremantle, Western Australia, and then Sydney, Hobart, the Whitsundays, Sanya and Qingdao in China, Seattle, Panama, New York, and Derry-Londonderry, before finally completing the circumnavigation in Liverpool on July 28, 2018.
The Clipper Race fleet can be tracked 24/7 using the Race Viewer: www.clipperroundtheworld.com/raceviewer
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