Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Airlie Beach, Whitsundays
13 – 29 January 2018


Welcome the Clipper 2017-18 Race fleet into Abell Point Marina, Airlie Beach.

Abell Point Marina and the Whitsundays would like to extend a warm tropical welcome to the arriving Clipper Race fleet, supporters, family, friends and visitors in January 2018. Your global endeavours have been a magnificent achievement and the town commends your endurance and persistence. To celebrate the fleet’s arrival, Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday region are planning to host the Whitsunday Clipper Race Carnival which will include an exciting schedule events. All visitors & locals are welcome to help us celebrate and get amongst the action as crew from around the world arrive into the beautiful Whitsundays.

Clipper Race Fleet – Book your taste of the Whitsundays.

For the arriving Clipper Race competitors, supporters, family and friends – we want to give you a real taste of the 74 island wonders of the Whitsundays. We have hand-picked some of the signature experiences including accommodation houses, resorts, day tours, restaurants and attractions that make our region special. All you have to do, is plan your stopover schedule and book your Whitsundays getaway.

Visitors & Boaties – Join the Party
All are welcome to be part of the welcome celebrations. Jump on board and check out the Clipper Race yachts, kick back at one of the marina restaurant/bars with race competitors, watch the sky light up with firework celebrations or see off the fleet for the start of race 7 to Sanya, China. Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays will be the hot location these summer holidays for family and friends, so plan ahead and book your Whitsundays getaway or sail into Abell Point Marina on your own boat and book your front row seat on the water.

About the Clipper Race
Normally the domain of seasoned pros, this supreme challenge is taken on by ordinary, everyday people. Having completed a rigorous training course, participants are suited and booted in the latest extreme protection gear to commence the race of their lives – an unparalleled challenge where taxi drivers rub shoulders with chief executives, vicars mix with housewives, students work alongside bankers, and engineers team up with Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

This is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other. With no previous sailing experience necessary, it’s a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht. All that is asked of participants is a good level of fitness, an age over 18 – and a thirst for adventure into the unknown. Divided into eight legs and 14 individual races, you can choose to complete the full circumnavigation or select individual legs. It is the only race in the world where the organizers supply a fleet of twelve identical racing yachts, each with a fully qualified skipper to safely guide the crew.

Route Map 2017-18

Round the World Race Map – Legs, Ports and Distances

Fun Facts
Check the Race Tracker
Visit the official Clipper Race website

The Whitsundays
The Whitsundays are made up of 74 Island Wonders, on the beautiful tropical coast of Queensland, Australia. Right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, a visit to the Whitsundays is a feast for the senses. The stunning natural landscapes of coast and islands are dotted with secluded beaches and friendly towns. Whether you choose to base yourself on the coast or on the islands, there’s so much to do, you’ll have to work out how to fit it all in!

Explore the incredible diversity of the sea and islands from the bow of a sailboat. Cruise through the islands and drop anchor for a quick snorkel or scuba dive. Spend a fun day splashing in the clear shallow waters of world famous Whitehaven Beach. Pick an island, or enjoy the spoils of a mainland resort with Coral Sea views at Airlie Beach. Get off the beaten track amongst the hillside national park trails on foot or mountain bike.

Whether you have a whole week or just a weekend, the Whitsundays has something to impress you! Book your Whitsundays Getaway now!

Take a look at our 2016 Clipper experience video.