Seattle’s maritime history and adventurous spirit goes hand in hand with the Clipper Race, returning for the third consecutive edition in the Clipper 2019-20 Race as a Host Port and Team Partner.
The team made history in the last edition when they scooped second place in the overall competition. British Skipper Nikki Henderson, at 25, was the youngest ever Skipper in Clipper Race history and taking second place secured the first ever female one-two on the podium, a new record for a round the world sailing race. So the heat is on for this year's Seattle team to see what they can achieve this time around!
A city on the leading edge of innovation, Seattle is home to some of the world’s biggest corporations and as a gateway to the regions mountains, waterside and forests, it has global appeal as a place to do business, live and visit.
The Seattle Sports Commission along with tourism body Visit Seattle will once again work together on their Clipper Race campaign. The global nature of the Clipper Race will give the ‘Emerald City’ access to an international audience, both whilst the racing is in action and also when the eleven teams and their supporters flood into the city. For the 2019-20 edition, Seattle will be focusing its attention on ocean health and environmental sustainability, along with showcasing the city as an ecotourism destination. Projects will also have a focus on engaging young people from the Pacific Northwest on these important environmental topics.
Ralph Morton, Executive Director, Seattle Sports Commission says: “Seattle is the epicentre of research and work on the world’s environment.
“We look forward to our Seattle crew engaging with young people around the world on the importance of ocean health and how it will affect their future.”
The eleven Clipper 70s, will berth at the Port of Seattle’s Bell Harbor Marina in spring 2020 after completing the Mighty Pacific leg.