Seattle is a friendly city that welcomes and celebrates diversity. It has a culture that has shaped some of the world's most innovative companies, its music has inspired a generation of fans and its food and drink scene rivals any in the world.
TRACK THE FLEET INTO THE PORT OF SEATTLE
Every exhilarating moment, gybe and tack across the mighty Pacific Ocean 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 SEATTLE?
GREET THE FLEET: FIRST ARRIVALS: 23 APRIL 2022
The eleven 70-foot yachts will have battled everything the mighty Pacific Ocean can throw at them throughout a grueling 6,100nm race over 30 days and nights from Subic Bay, the Philippines. For the majority of this time, the crew are closer to the International Space Station than to inhabited land.
The fleet of Clipper 70 yachts are expected to arrive at Bell Harbor Marina, Alaskan Way, Seattle from the 22nd April. Best viewed from the boardwalk you can experience the atmosphere as Race Crew step back on land after a thrilling race across the world’s most furious ocean.
VIRTUAL TOUR OF CLIPPER : 23 APRIL & 28 APRIL
Brought to you live from the Clipper Race fleet in Bell Harbor Marina, Seattle, your host - a Clipper Race Skipper - will take you on a tour of a Clipper 70. Having just crossed the Mighty North Pacific this virtual tour - above and below deck - will be an excellent insight into life onboard. Check out the nav station, galley area and living conditions. Imagine yourself on the bow or helm of the 70-foot yacht.
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RACE CREW STOPOVER IN SEATTLE:
More than 150 Race Crew from diverse walks of life, all age groups and more than 40 nations around the world will be arriving in Seattle. Many will continue on with this marathon ocean race of more than 40,000nm, joined by others in Seattle.
Some race for greatness and some race to win but everyone receives a hero's welcome on arrival into port. It is the arrival of the final team that makes all the race crew feel most proud, and at the end of each leg of the race, the crew celebrate with a prize-giving event. The three first teams of the race into Seattle score the highest points which are added to their overall standing in the race.
Repairs and Maintenance
While in Bell Harbor you will see them working on their yachts conducting essential maintenance to the rigging and below deck, and repairs - in particular sail repairs - that could not be handled on board. As well as replenishing fresh water supplies, members of the crew will be stocking up with fresh fruit, vegetables and protein to sustain them during the next leg of the race. Crew can use up to 5,000 calories a day while racing and will need three or four nutritious cooked meals a day, sourced from local markets in Seattle.
Race Partners get involved
Race Partners conduct product testing, scientific or other research onboard the yachts which race in parts of the ocean that are inaccessible to most other vessels. While in port they can collect data, check equipment and get feedback from the Race Crew and Skippers which is used to improve technical performance for commercial use. Dell Rugged is one of the partners using the Clipper Race to further improve product performance: read more here.
Rest and Recuperation
After the hard work, the crew will have time to relax with friends and family who might have traveled to Seattle from the other side of the world to support them. This is a time to visit the best Seattle has to offer, see the sights, stay in comfort at local hotels, enjoy the best local food etc, and participate in locally organized events to support causes that are meaningful to them.
RACE DEPARTURE CEREMONY - SAVE THE DATE
On Saturday 30 April 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 US Coast-to-Coast Leg, the penultimate leg of their 40,982 nautical mile endurance race around the world.
Bell Harbor Marina Boardwalk
Saturday 30 April:
From 10am, Race Crew with their Skippers will gather on their yachts ahead of a dockside briefing and ceremony.
Slipping Lines Ceremony:
At noon the eleven yachts will slip lines. Each team receives an emotional farewell as they wave final farewell and throw off their lines - next stop Panama.
Parade of Sail:
From 1pm in Elliott Bay, the fleet will parade along the harbor front, supported by a flotilla of local sailing boats and supporters. Here they will perform a Le Mans start (at 2.30pm) heading north to Puget Sound where they will pick up the race rhumb line, 4,180nm to Panama.
ABOUT THE HOST PORT
Mountains to Sounds is a popular phrase in Seattle. Nestled on the shores of Puget Sound, surrounded by the Olympic Mountains to the West and Cascade Mountains to the East, and safeguarded by Mt. Rainier, Seattle's landscape is majestic to say the least, which earned it the nickname the 'Emerald City'.
From the mountain tops, to freshwater lakes and the saltwater of Puget Sound, scenery and wildlife are abound in Seattle, as are the outdoor adventure opportunities. Explore the nature of the National Parks along the many stunning hiking trails, or why not hire a kayak or take in an alternative view of the city on a paraglide?
The region is a world-class destination for sport too - whether taking part in sailing or spectating at a game of basketball, soccer, baseball or American football at the city’s many arenas.
A city on the leading edge of innovation, Seattle is home to some of the world's biggest industry leaders such as Microsoft and Amazon.com and is the birthplace of musical icons including the Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix. A first-time visitor should check out the city's famous landmarks such as the Seattle Center, home to historic attractions such as the iconic Space Needle (a legacy of the 1962 World's Fair), Chihuly Gardens and Glass and MoPop (Museum of Pop Culture).
Foodies will certainly not go hungry as eating opportunities in the city are endless. Fast becoming famous for its local craft beers, award winning wines, spirits and an abundance of amazing restaurants, food and drink are ingrained within Seattle culture. From inexpensive street eats to white tablecloth fine dining, there is a meal for every craving. To whet your appetite, take a walk through Pike Place Market to sample the freshest fruits and vegetables from the local farms and shop for handmade artistic wares, or book onto one of the popular food tours for a culinary journey of your taste buds and toes!
A trip would not be complete without strolling down the historic waterfront where the Clipper Race fleet will be berthed at the Port of Seattle's Bell Harbor Marina - checking out the piers and stopping by the Seattle Aquarium.
Situated in the heart of downtown Seattle and within walking distance to top attractions, Hyatt Regency Seattle is designed to make connections. As the largest hotel in the Pacific Northwest and first LEED Gold-certified hotel in the city, the hotel features 1,260 guest rooms and suites, 103,000 square feet of meeting space and numerous gathering areas and workspaces. The perfect place for crew to relax and recuperate after crossing the North Pacific Ocean.