ICONIC RACE WEIGHS ANCHOR FOR AIRLIE
Whitsundays to welcome 4000 visitors, 700 crew when Round the World race docks
THE international Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the biggest event of its kind, has announced it will return to Airlie Beach, once again making it the final Australian stop in its 11month epic adventure.
The Clipper 2017/18 Race fleet will arrive in the Whitsundays in January 2018, with the race’s international crew members and the fleet of 12 70-foot ocean racing yachts docking at Abell Point Marina.
The event will provide huge benefits for the region with the Clipper Race Carnival to include a welcome event, a regional rodeo and a lunch on Whitehaven Beach.
The carnival is expected to attract more than 4000 visitors to the Whitsundays and generate upwards of $3 million for the Queensland economy when the fleet docks next year.
Tourism Whitsundayscheif executive officer Craig Turner said the region would embrace the carnival.
“Tourism Whitsundays, in conjunction with Whitsunday Regional Council and Tourism and Events Queensland, is pleased to be able to announce the welcome return of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to the Whitsundays,” Mr Turner said.
“The economic contribution to the region, as a result of the sailors and their families coming here, will be significant and it will be a great opportunity to showcase the Whitsundays as a sailing destination to the whole world.”
Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Willcox said the carnival would showcase the region.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said the event was a significant addition to the state’s world-class events calendar.
The race is held every two years and has 12 yachts sailed by more than 700 amateur crew in a 40,000nautical-mile race around the globe.
YACHTS COMING BACK: Da Nang Vietnam leads the Clipper Round the World fleet out of Airlie Beach when the race last visited the region.
YACHTS CELEBRATED: Corinn Stickland managed to capture the majesty of the fireworks during the Clipper celebrations last time around.