Zhuhai to be Clipper Race host port
Zhuhai, China, is to become a Clipper yacht race host port and team partner following a multi-million pound three-edition deal.
The debut partnership will see 'islands and sailing' city Zhuhai, along with Zhuhai Jiuzhou Holdings, collaborate with race organisers Clipper Ventures, on the 2019-20, 2021-22 and 2023-24 editions of the global event.
“Located close to Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macao, Zhuhai is a place with strong geographic advantages, beautiful islands and coastline, excellent wind conditions for sailing, convenient transportation and a comfortable climate, which are all crucial for water sports and tourism development,” said Clipper Race CEO William Ward.
Three China stopovers
The inclusion of Zhuhai in the Clipper 2019-20 Race will see three stopovers in China, as the city joins existing host port partners Sanya in the south of the country and Qingdao in the north.
Zhuhai Jiuzho Holdings already has extensive experience in hosting major sailing events, including the 2016 and 2017 China National Sailing Regatta, as well as its own Jiuzho Cup.
Zhuhai also has one of the largest yacht-build bases in China and the new partnership is expected to bring further development opportunities for the city’s boat building industry.
The Clipper Race fleet will be berthed at Zhuhai Jiuzhou Marina during the stopover, which is expected to take place in early 2020. A boat will also be named after Zhuhai.
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