Race Schedule Latest - Rio and Airlie Beach Marinas Confirmed

13 July 2015

We are now able to confirm the remainder of the race route schedule and can release details of the marinas we will be berthing at in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Airlie Beach, Australia.

The Clipper 2015-16 Race will consist of 14 races and last 11 months, finishing back in St Katharine Docks next to Tower Bridge in London on Saturday 30 July 2016.

In Rio de Janeiro, at the end of Race 1 on the Atlantic Trade Winds Leg, the fleet will berth in the scenic Marina da Glória on Guanabara Bay.The area offers one of the most beautiful views of Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountains and will host the sailing competitions during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. There will also be food trucks, bars and a wooded BBQ picnic area for crew to enjoy.

Pedro Guimarães, CEO of Marina da Gloria, said: "We take this opportunity to send a message to all crew members who are preparing to face this great challenge. We can assure that you will be very well received at the end of the first leg of this great journey around the world.

“Marina da Gloria is a world class nautical venue that attracts sailors and genuine lovers of the sea from around the world. Here in Rio de Janeiro you can relax and, at the same time, enjoy its beautiful scenery and tourist attractions. "

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At the end of Race 6 in the Australia Leg, the boats will berth at Abell Point Marina in Airlie Beach, the gateway to the 74 Whitsunday islands and the Great Barrier Reef.

The marina is 25 minutes from the Whitsunday Coast Airport, Proserpine, and just minutes from the vibrant town of Airlie Beach. The marina has just undergone a multi-million dollar development and has the latest marina village facilities including boating and chandlery facilities and leisure areas.

See www.abellpointmarina.com.au for more information.

The Clipper 2015-16 Race schedule is as follows:

Race 1 – St Katharine Docks, London, UK – Marina da Gloria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Depart St Katharine Docks 30 August 2015, ETA into Rio 26 – 30 September 2015

Race 2 – Marina da Gloria, Rio de Janeiro, to Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa: Race start date 7 October, ETA into Cape Town: 21-25 October

Race 3 – Victoria and Albert Waterfront, Cape Town to Albany Waterfront Marina, Albany, Western Australia: Race start date: 31 October, ETA into Albany: 22- 26 November

Race 4 – Albany Waterfront Marina, Albany, WA to Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Sydney, NSW –

Start date from Albany: 1 December, ETA into Sydney: 12-15 December

Race 5 Sydney to Hobart (Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race)

Start date from Sydney: December 26, ETA into Hobart: 30-31 December

Race 6 Hobart to Abell Point Marina, Airlie Beach, Queensland

Start date from Hobart: January 2 2016, ETA into Airlie Beach, Queensland 13-14 January 2016

Race 7 Abell Point Marina, Whitsundays to South East Asia TBC

Start date from Airlie Beach: 18 January 2016, ETA into South East Asia (TBC): Mid-February 2016

Race 8: Start date from South East Asia (TBC), ETA into Qingdao, China: 10-13 March

Race 9 Olympic Sailing Harbour, Qingdao to Bell Harbor Marina, Seattle, West Coast America

Race start date from Qingdao: 20 March, ETA into Seattle: 15-20 April

Race 10 – Bell Harbor Marina, Seattle, USA to Panama

Race start date from Seattle: 28 April, ETA into Flamenco Island Marina, Panama: 25-27 May

Race 11 Panama to New York, USA

Start date from Shelter Bay Marina, Panama: 30 May**, ETA into New York:12-14 June

Race 12 New York to Derry Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Start date from New York: June 20, ETA into Foyle Marina, Derry Londonderry 7-11 July

Race 13 Derry Londonderry, Northern Ireland to Europe

Start date from Derry Londonderry:17 July, ETA into Europe* (location TBC) 23-24 July

Race 14 Europe to London, UK

Race start date from Europe (location TBC): 28 July, ETA into St Katharine Docks, London: 30 July

**This date is our best estimated date as Clipper Ventures PLC is not in control of the Panama Canal scheduling. The race shall start as soon as all of the boats are through the Canal and on the Caribbean side.

Please always remember yachts have destinations, not arrival times. These dates are our best estimates based on data collected from previous races. Due to the nature of sailing, Clipper Ventures Plc cannot guarantee these dates. We strongly advise crew book flexible flights as these dates could alter in the case of needing to ensure the overall aim of the race and the race schedule is maintained. We recommend you book travel through our recommended partner, the marine travel company.

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