The route for the twelfth edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has been finalised, with the 11 teams embracing both sides of North America during the 40,000 nautical mile circumnavigation.
The first stopover on the continent will be Seattle, WA, with the teams having already completed over 30,000 nautical miles (three quarters of the total route). They will also have just crossed the mighty North Pacific Ocean – one of the most sought after segments of the Clipper Race for those seeking out the most extreme adventure.
On returning to Seattle, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Clipper Race Founder and Chairman says: “To see crowds line the walls of Bell Harbour Marina to cheer our boats in, after they have crossed the North Pacific Ocean, makes crew feel incredibly proud. It is this warm welcome that makes us very pleased to be returning for the third consecutive edition.”
From Seattle, the fleet will begin the penultimate ‘US Coast-to-Coast’ leg with a 4,200nm race to Panama. After transiting one of the most famous engineering wonders of the world, teams will race a further 2,000nm towards the bright lights of New York City.
From New York, the competition will really start to heat up for the Clipper Race Trophy as the final ‘Atlantic Homecoming’ leg gets underway. Teams will be raring to go for the short 700nm sprint that will take them to the brand new Clipper Race Host Port of Bermuda, arriving into Hamilton, the capital city of the island, at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in July 2020.
The 11 teams will complete the Atlantic crossing when they arrive at Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, for a final stop before the grand finale where the race concludes in London, UK.