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Leg 6
The Mighty Pacific Leg

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As you depart Zhuhai and track north, the weather turns colder, the winds come from directly ahead and the sea state kicks up to deliver a real challenge. Thermals are added to the layers of clothing and snow has even been known to make an appearance as you route into the East China Sea and point towards the Olympic sailing city of Qingdao.

If you’ve watched the Race of Your Life series you will get an idea of the scale of the greeting laid on for a heroic arrival in the final stop in China and, wherever you go, autograph hunters will be keen to add your signature to their book. One of the coldest parts of the race, ends with one of the warmest welcomes.

After a cultural break, it’s time to depart for the big one. Expect to be treated like a superhero as the media and spectators snap away, video, cheer and applaud as you walk down to your racing yacht. and the first first waypoint is the southern tip of Japan and once that is cleared you are out into the Pacific for real, the ultimate point of freedom.

Here, around the same time you cross the International Date Line, is where you encounter the infamous Pacific rollers, waves that pick up your 70 foot yacht and allow it to surf at 30 knots down into the trough ahead. Savour these moments as you’ll be telling people about them for years to come.

After more than a month at sea, and with nearly 6,000nm left in your wake, you will be preparing to make one of the most momentous landfalls of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. If you are on watch, it could be your shout that alerts your team that the west coast of America has been spotted.

Knowing that you are one of the few people that will ever race a yacht across the planet’s greatest ocean makes the cold, wet and exhausting race completely worthwhile. You lived team work, not just talked about it. You looked after yourself and your crew mates and raced fast. The only thing better than living one of life’s greatest challenges, is sharing it with an amazing team.

Stats

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 66
2 Races
0°C - 15°C
8000mi / 12,300km
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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.

Zhuhai, China
Seattle, USA
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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Leg 1
7250 miles
33 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
Atlantic Ocean crossed
Aug - Oct 2019
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Leg 2
4200 miles
18 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
South Atlantic crossed
Oct - Nov 2019
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Leg 3
5500 miles
23 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
Southern Ocean crossed
Nov - Dec 2019
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Leg 4
4000 miles
20 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
Dips into the Southern Ocean
Dec 2019 - Jan 2020
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Leg 5
6300 miles
34 days at sea
3 races
4 ports
Coral Sea and South China Sea
Jan - Feb 2020
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Leg 6
8000 miles
37 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
North Pacific crossed
Mar - Apr 2020
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Leg 7
7200 miles
38 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing
May - June 2020
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Leg 8
4400 miles
22 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
North Atlantic crossed
June - July 2020
View Leg
Leg 1
7250 miles
33 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
Atlantic Ocean crossed
Aug - Oct 2019
View Leg
Leg 2
4200 miles
18 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
South Atlantic crossed
Oct - Nov 2019
View Leg
Leg 3
5500 miles
23 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
Southern Ocean crossed
Nov - Dec 2019
View Leg
Leg 4
4000 miles
20 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
Dips into the Southern Ocean
Dec 2019 - Jan 2020
View Leg
Leg 5
6300 miles
34 days at sea
3 races
4 ports
Coral Sea and South China Sea
Jan - Feb 2020
View Leg
Leg 6
8000 miles
37 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
North Pacific crossed
Mar - Apr 2020
View Leg
Leg 7
7200 miles
38 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing
May - June 2020
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Leg 8
4400 miles
22 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
North Atlantic crossed
June - July 2020
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