Clipper Round the World Yacht Race at Fremantle Sailing Club
The Clipper Race 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.
The brainchild of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world, the event is now in its twelfth edition, the Clipper 2019-20 Race. Started from London on 1 September 2019, the fleet will complete its circumnavigation when it returns eleven months later, in August 2020.
Divided into eight legs and between 13 and 16 individual races, you can choose to complete the full circumnavigation or select individual legs. It is the only race in the world where the organisers supply a fleet of eleven identical racing yachts, each with a fully qualified skipper and first mate to safely guide the crew.
WHAT’S ON IN FREMANTLE
GREET THE FLEET: ETA: 9-14 DEC
The Clipper 2019-20 Race will be arriving into Fremantle between 9 and 14 December, after departing Punta del Este for Race 3: The Spinlock South Atlantic Showdown. Experience the atmosphere and be amongst the action as the teams arrive. Your support creates a welcome that the Race Crew shall never forget.
STEP ON BOARD
Public Yacht Tours 18 – 20 December
Find out what life is like for the Clipper Race Crew by touring above and below the deck of the Clipper 70 yacht, which has completed the first leg of its circumnavigation. On the first part of the round the world race, the crew have experienced sleeping during tropical storms, cooking whilst at around 25 knots and learning sailing skills with the company of dolphins. Imagine yourself as one of the Ocean Racers by visiting the fleet whilst in port.
RACE DEPARTURE CEREMONY
On Sunday 22 December, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet will continue its epic circumnavigation.
Take your position and cheer the teams as the fleet slip lines at 12:00 (UTC+8) to set off on the 4,000 nautical miles Southern Ocean Leg, the third stage of their 40,000nm endurance race around the world.
Location: Fremantle Sailing Club
FREMANTLE SAILING CLUB | HOST PORT 2019-20 | RACE 5 – THE AUSTRALIAN COAST-TO-COAST
Located at the mouth of the Swan River, Fremantle is bounded by stunning beaches and limestone cliffs, and is a major port for Western Australia, for both world-class competition and commercial activity.
After the highly competitive 5,550 nm race across the Southern Ocean, where the Roaring Forties and the vast ocean provides some of the most extreme and exhilarating sailing in the world, the fleet will receive a warm welcome at the Fremantle Sailing Club.
TRACK THE FLEET INTO FREMANTLE
Every exhilarating moment, gybe and tack into Fremantle is captured on the RACE VIEWER. Follow the fleet’s progress and never miss a beat of the action: updated hourly.
Hundreds of people from all over the world are set to experience all the city of Fremantle has to offer when the Clipper Race returns to the Fremantle Sailing Club this December.
The race from South Africa to Fremantle will make up Leg 3 of the Clipper Race – a 5,500 nautical mile Southern Ocean sleigh ride where the teams will surf big swells and find out what they’re made of as they come up against the Roaring Forties.
The reward at the end of such a tough race will be the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Fremantle. Located at the mouth of the Swan River and just 30 minutes from Perth, Fremantle is bounded by stunning beaches and limestone cliffs, and is a major port for Western Australia, for both world-class competition and commercial activity.
The fleet will be berthed at Fremantle Sailing Club, which overlooks the warm and pristine waters of the Indian Ocean. The more than 3,000 members of this warm and friendly club enjoy excellent facilities both on and off the water and have eleven different activity sections, including cruising, dinghy and junior racing, as well as angling and inshore and offshore racing.
Fremantle’s history with the Clipper Race goes back to 2005, with the historic port city the site of the first ever Australian stopover. In total, this will be the fourth visit to Fremantle, while Australia has featured as part of the global circuit of the Clipper Race seven times.
Largely thanks to the hot, dry climate, which is tempered by the afternoon sea breeze known affectionately to locals as the ‘Fremantle Doctor, much of life in Fremantle occurs outdoors. The perfect place to indulge in some al fresco dining is on the legendary Cappuccino Strip in the city centre. The cafes and resident baristas will satisfy coffee lovers, and it is also the perfect place for an ice-cold glass of Western Australian wine or craft beer.
Australian Rules Football is the religion of Western Australia, and you can spot a true Fremantle local by their devotion to the Fremantle Football Club.
A visit to Fremantle isn’t complete without a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Fremantle Prison, the Western Australian Maritime Museum, or Rottnest Island – the home of the adorable Quokka.
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