After the success of the 2015/2016 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race stopover in the Whitsundays in January 2016, Abell Point Marina and the Whitsundays are gearing up for more of the same in 2018. Abell Point Marina was alive with celebration when we extended a warm tropical welcome to the arriving Clipper Race fleet, supporters, family, friends and visitors in January 2016.
The global endeavours of the captains and crew were a magnificent achievement and the whole town came out to commend their endurance and persistence. We celebrated their arrival with an exciting schedule of festivities. Visitors came from far and wide to welcome their family and friends back to land after the 6th leg of the race from Hobart to Airlie Beach. Both Abell Point Marina and the town were alive with action as crew from around the world arrived into the beautiful Whitsundays.
Take a look at our 2016 Clipper experience video.
2016 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Stopover program, hosted by Abell Point Marina.
9 -10th January – Clipper crews arrived at Abell Point Marina throughout the day and night
11 – 12th January – Crew rest days to enjoy Airlie Beach and a range of activities on offer at the marina
12th January – Welcome reception for Clipper crews and officials on the South Marina foreshore – live music, drinks and speeches
13 – 14th January – Crew change over/ rest days
15th January – Crew prize giving event at Lure, Abell Point Marina
16th January – Community day: vessels open to the public, eat street, pop-up markets and family activities supplied by Abell Point Marina and the community
17th January – Outrigger Challenge
18th January – Bendigo Bank Breakfast on the South Marina foreshore, followed by Parade of Sail around Pioneer Bay for the departing vessels
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.
To read more about the history of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, click here.