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Leg 5
The Asia-Pacific Challenge

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This leg offers the most varied conditions of the race. Teams will be tested mentally as well as physically as they adapt to a host of changing sailing and climatic conditions.

The fleet will head north and as crews reach the Equator, the breeze may drop. High levels of concentration will be needed, as every tweak will affect the boat speed and teams with strong light wind sailing skills will have an advantage.

The second Equator crossing will see the return of King Neptune and his initiation of more Shellbacks! Here, crews are likely to witness some spectacular storms, while passing squalls can offer much needed relief from the heat, but can also bring some heavy conditions with them. Continuing north, the wind will start to build as the fleet enters the Northeast Monsoon, where teams will be looking to pull away from the pack.

The fleet will enter the South China Sea, setting course for the golden sands of Sanya. Laying on the southern tip of Hainan Island, the tropical paradise of Sanya promises to give crew a taste of the ‘Hawaii of China’.

After a relaxing stay soaking up the culture it’s back on board for the first sprint of the race….


The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the only event of its type. Anyone, even if they have never stepped on a boat before, can join the adventure.

Leg 55
3 Races
15°C - 35°C
mi / 10,200km
at Sea

Whether a marathon tactical battle across the world’s oceans or a drag-race sprint from start to finish, this is the number of days you can expect to be racing.

Countries Visited

A drag race sprint from start to finish line or a marathon tactical battle across the world’s largest oceans enduring weeks at sea; each of the 14 races provides a unique challenge to each and every crew member.

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