​Sanya Opens Applications for Ambassador Programme

01 March 2019

The tropical paradise of Sanya, China, has today opened applications for its Clipper Race Ambassador Programme. The programme, which is available to residents of Sanya, gives locals the chance to take part in the 2019-20 edition of the epic 40,000 nautical mile circumnavigation when it kicks off this summer.

Images: Sanya Ambassadors took part in each Leg, racing on board with international Sanya Serenity Coast team

During its inaugural edition last year, Sanya Ambassadors from a range of backgrounds including translators, CEOs, tour leaders and professional sailors, raced alongside their international teammates on board Sanya’s team yacht, representing the city as they raced around the globe and helping the team to clinch overall victory.

Image: Sanya Ambassadors for the Clipper 2017-18 Race are congruatated by Xu Zhenling, Vice Mayor of Sanya

Speaking about the Sanya Ambassadors, Clipper Race Chairman and Co-Founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “The ambassador programme Sanya ran during the Clipper 2017-18 Race was a fantastic platform to tell the destination’s story. I am looking forward to meeting the next generation of Sanya Ambassadors and watch them progress on their Clipper Race journeys.”

Image: Candidates go through demanding Sanya Ambassador selection trials.

Laying on the southern tip of Hainan Island, the upscale tropical paradise of Sanya will be the first of three Chinese Host Ports on the Clipper 2019-20 Race route.Boasting over 250 km of picture-perfect sandy beaches, lined with coconut palms, pristine waters and a balmy climate with 300 days of sunshine per year, China’s idyllic holiday destination lives up to its reputation as the ‘Hawaii of China’. This Host Port will be a welcome stopover for Clipper Race crew members to recuperate after weeks of intense sailing.

The culturally rich resort, which was the only Chinese destination to be chosen as one of the 52 places to visit by the New York Times in 2017, offers a warm welcome to visitors and has something for everyone; watersports enthusiasts flock to sail and surf on the South China Sea, adventurers can explore the lush rainforest and foodies can sample Sanya’s local delicacies which includes seafood hotpot, Li five-coloured rice, Hui sour fish soup, Li Shanlan liquor and fresh coconut water.

Find out more about Sanya on the Clipper Race Host Port Page.

Are you over 18, English speaking and living in Sanya? Apply to become an Ambassador on board Sanya's team yacht during the Clipper 2019-20 Race. Applications close 27 March 2019.

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