The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race was created in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail non-stop solo around the world in 1968-69. Its aim was to allow anyone, no matter what their previous sailing experience, to experience the thrill of ocean racing; it is the only event of its kind for amateur sailors.
Held every two years, the 2019-2020 Clipper Race started on September 1 for the fleet of eleven identical Clipper 70s designed by Tony Castro. As the most successful round-the-world race, the 12th edition attracted 688 crews representing 43 nationalities for the course of more than 41,000 nautical miles.
The plan was for the race to end in 2020 on August 8 in London, but as it traveled from Australia to China, the Clipper race organizing committee faced a global pandemic.
Scheduled to arrive in mid-February 2020, the coronavirus outbreak has forced a series of course revisions to avoid Sanya, Zhuhai and Qindao. But a month later, locked in the Philippines with nowhere to go, the committee was forced to make an unprecedented decision and postpone the rest of the race.
With the race halfway through but stalled, the crew were eventually released from quarantine, with the Clipper 70s awaiting the next move. But now, over a year later, the next step has not yet arrived. With the hope of restarting in August 2021, there are now plans to extend the postponement to almost two years.
“When the next wave of COVID-19 hit the world hard, its effect on world travel made a reboot untenable this year,” noted Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. âDue to the unpredictable restrictions caused by the pandemic, the current edition will now restart in Subic Bay in February 2022.
With the 2019-20 Clipper Race now being offered to end in August 2022, the 2022-23 edition had to go back one year and become the Clipper 2023-24 Race, from late summer 2023 onwards. also means that the 2024-25 edition race will now become the Clipper 2025-26 Race, starting in late summer 2025.
“We have spent a considerable amount of time working on the complex issues now facing an international event like ours and have a firm belief that the restart in February 2022 will give us the best possible chance of delivering the Clipper Race as it is. is expected, ânoted Knox-Johnston.
âIt is important for us to do our best to deliver the Clipper Race our crew entered, with their safety, as well as the Clipper race team and race partners, as always, up front. -keep. We are working hard to achieve this and are confident that global travel will be in a much better place from the start of next year. ”
The remaining host ports on the route after the Philippines are Sanya, China; Zhuhai, China; Qingdao, China; Seattle, United States; Panama; New York, United States; Bermuda; Derry ~ Londonderry, Northern Ireland; and London, UK.