Round The World Yacht Race To Stop In Bermuda

July 9, 2019 | 2 Comments

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race today [July 9] revealed Bermuda as the newest Host Port and Team Partner to its upcoming 2019–20 edition which starts from London, UK, on September 1, 2019.

During the inaugural year of the partnership, the Clipper Race will call into Hamilton at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club [RBYC] in July 2020 during the final leg of the epic 40,000 nautical mile- long circumnavigation.

“Aligning with the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race as a Team and Host Port partner makes perfect sense. The partnership will generate brand awareness and economic impact for Bermuda—both are core to our mission,” said Bermuda Tourism Authority [BTA] Chief Executive Officer Kevin Dallas.

“Bermuda has long been a top destination for sailing and luxury. Bermuda was discovered by mariners, we revolutionised sailing with the invention of the Bermuda sloop, and we were most recently the home of the 35th America’s Cup.

“Ideal weather conditions, gorgeous turquoise waters, and deep connections with the global sailing community are all part of our island life out here. Being a Host Port positioned between New York and the UK is just one more way to connect us strategically with two of our top markets for visitors.”

Taking almost a year to complete, the Clipper Race consists of 11 teams, each made up of a professional Skipper and Mate, and a crew who come from all over the globe and many different walks of life.

Leading Bermuda’s Team Entry, GoToBermuda, is South African Clipper Race Skipper David Immelman. Through the partnership, the Bermuda Tourism Authority will offer the opportunity for a Bermudian to compete in one of the legs as part of the GoToBermuda crew during this unique global event. Entry details will be forthcoming.

Speaking on his appointment as GoToBermuda Skipper, David said: “I am so excited to have the opportunity to Skipper the GoToBermuda team! I believe the Bermuda Tourism Authority is the best aligned Team Partner the Clipper Race has ever had!

“I have always been intrigued by Bermuda, I’ve heard a lot about it and it has been on my bucket list for a long time, so I am really looking forward to sailing into Bermuda and representing the destination in each port of call along the race route.”

“Regarded as one of the toughest challenges on the planet, the Clipper Race is the only event which trains everyday people to make six ocean crossings, covering six continents, testing them to their absolute limit,” the organisers said.

“Founded in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who in April this year celebrated 50 years since becoming the first person to sail solo and non-stop around the world, it is the only event of its kind for non-professional sailors.”

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    I can hear the complaints already. The same ones we heard about AC35.

  2. PANGAEA says:

    On a cruise ship you become a passenger being treated like Royalty with all the luxuries.

    So far I have accumulated 5 ocean crossings one of which was a major ocean race all on single masted sailing yachts and all under 40 ft .

    If I were to compare the experience to a land expedition the Himalayan mountains immediately comes to mine as there are times when you will experience danger as you participate in the game of Russian roulette with mother nature on the flip side you will also have the experience of a Sunday afternoon sail with your friends, it is not all bad.

    Talking about friends, compatibility with others is most likely number one in my book, as you must leave all you problem back on your own door step.

    Signing up as crew on a sailing yacht is a total commitment which should not be taken lightly as you will experience the worst of the worst that mother nature can throw at you as there is no turning back.

    Years of prior big boat sailing experience is essential as there is no party out there your body clock will shut down as time has no meaning.

    I often ask my self why I want to do this and for what possible reason, there is none ,you do it because you have a love for sailing.

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