After the highly competitive 5,195nm race across the Atlantic, testing windholes and squalls in the Doldrums, an encounter with King Neptune, flying fish and a nail-biting conclusion, the fleet will receive the warmest of welcomes at the Yacht Club Punta del Este.
TRACK THE FLEET INTO PUNTA DEL ESTE
Every exhilarating moment, gybe and tack into Punta del Este is captured on the RACE VIEWER. Follow the fleet’s progress and never miss a beat of the action: updated hourly.
WHAT’S ON IN PUNTA DEL ESTE?
GREET THE FLEET: ETA: 12-16 Oct
Experience the atmosphere and be amongst the action as the teams arrive. Your support creates a welcome Race Crew shall never forget.
The Clipper Race Fanzone at Yacht Club Punta del Este will host a discovery zone and free events for all the family.
STEP ON BOARD
Take a tour of a Clipper 70 stripped out ocean racing yacht above and below decks. Bring your family and friends and imagine life at a 40º angle. Not for the faint-hearted, meet the courageous Race Crew taking on the challenge. The Clipper 70 fleet is the largest matched fleet of ocean racing yachts in the world.
Friday 18 October: 1000-1330
Saturday 19 October - Monday 21 October: 1000-1900
IN THE FANZONE
Discover more about the technology on board, the conditions faced, training involved and the Race Crew, from all walks of life and more than 40 nations.
Tuesday 15 October – Wednesday 23 October: 1000 – 1800
Are you eager to test their limits beyond belief and find out how they can take part in the next race? Come and hear about it from someone who has been there, stared Mother Nature in the eye and taken all she can muster.
You will find out more about the selection process, training, the race, the fleet, stopovers, personal logistics and most importantly the race crew. You'll either walk away inspired or scared. One thing you won't be is bored.
Sunday 20 October: 1800 - 2000
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RACE DEPARTURE CEREMONY
On Wednesday 23 October the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet will continue its epic circumnavigation.
Take your position and cheer the teams as the fleet slip lines to set off on the 3,600NM South Atlantic Challenge Leg, the second stage of their 40,000 nautical mile endurance race around the world.
Escollera, Punta del Este
Wednesday 23 October: 1100-1500
About the Port
Dubbed the ‘St Tropez of South America’, Punta del Este is one of South America's most fashionable resorts, enjoying a prime location at the mouth of the River Plate and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Clipper Race fleet will be hosted by the Yacht Club Punta del Este (YCPE), which enjoys a rich 95-year history in promoting competitive and leisure sailing, when it calls in at the end of the first leg.
During the peak tourist season, Punta del Este is bustling with glitz and glamour while the quieter season offers the perfect opportunity to take in the stunning natural beauty.
Miles of top sandy beaches offer a mixture of sheltered and exposed bays ideal for beginner and advanced water sports enthusiasts alike and Brava Beach is the home to the impressive modern landmark on the Punta del Este peninsula, ‘La Mano’, a large-scale sculpture of a hand rising out of the sand.
A visit to Casapueblo, former home of artist Carlos Páez Vilaró, is a must. In addition to his iconic art, the impressive hand-sculpted property tells a story in itself and the regular sun ceremonies in front of it’s beautiful sunsets are magical. Explorers should take a boat to nearby Isla de Lobos, which forms part of the Coastal Islands National Park, to see one of the largest Sea Lion colonies in the world.
When it comes to local cuisine, Punta del Este does not disappoint. A traditional asado, Uruguayan meat cooked over a grill, is famed for its exquisite flavour, and visitors should also try a ‘Chivito’ sandwich, or sample some of the fantastic fresh fish and shrimp straight from the Atlantic Ocean.
Visitors can sample classic South American cocktails like a caipiroska, caipiriña or piña colada at one of the trendy waterfront bars – best served chilled with a ‘Punta’ sunset.