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.

13 – 15 January     Race Arrival/ Crew Welcome at Abell Point Marina

18 January              VIP Captains Deck Cocktail Event

19 January              Community Welcome Party – Airlie Beach Foreshore

Corporate Race Day – sail and dine

20 January             White on Whitehaven Beach Long Lunch

21 January              Progressive Regional Lunch – from Airlie Beach to Hideaway Bay

26 January              Great Australian Bites – Airlie Beach Foreshore

27 January              Rodeo by the reef – Bowen Foreshore

29 January              Parade of Sail – vessels depart Abell Point Marina

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.

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.

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

Check out the excitement that occurred at Abell Point when Clipper came to town in 2016 experience video.