Seattle’s maritime history and adventurous spirit goes hand in hand with the Clipper Race, returning for the third consecutive edition in the Clipper 2019-20 Race as a Team Partner.
The team made history in the last edition when they scooped second place in the overall competition. Professional sailor and adventurer Ben Keitch, 42, from Eastbourne, UK, says he is living out a childhood dream after being appointed a Skipper in the global sailing race and is proud to lead team Seattle. Ben is the perfect fit to represent the city. Passion for adventure and challenging environments has long been part of his lifestyle. He once spent 18 months with British Antarctic Survey, has been a diving instructor for almost 20 years, and has also consulted on ocean rowing expeditions.
He says: “As a sailor, the protection of the marine environment is something I care deeply about and so look forward to working with the city on its upcoming projects. With its beautiful surroundings and sporting history, I can’t wait to represent Seattle.”So the heat is on for this year's Seattle team to see what they can achieve this time around!
A city on the leading edge of innovation, Seattle is home to some of the world’s biggest corporations and as a gateway to the regions mountains, waterside and forests, it has global appeal as a place to do business, live and visit.
The Seattle Sports Commission along with tourism body Visit Seattle will once again work together on their Clipper Race campaign. The global nature of the Clipper Race will give the ‘Emerald City’ access to an international audience, both whilst the racing is in action and also when the eleven teams and their supporters flood into the city. For the 2019-20 edition, Seattle will be focusing its attention on ocean health and environmental sustainability, along with showcasing the city as an ecotourism destination. Projects will also have a focus on engaging young people from the Pacific Northwest on these important environmental topics.
Ralph Morton, Executive Director, Seattle Sports Commission says: “Seattle is the epicentre of research and work on the world’s environment.
“We look forward to our Seattle crew engaging with young people around the world on the importance of ocean health and how it will affect their future.”