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.
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.