We are pleased to provide an official update to the Clipper 2017-18 Race route. Please note that this is still potentially subject to change and there may be a late addition to the route. The current race route is as follows:
Race Start. The Clipper Race Fleet will arrive in Liverpool on Monday 14 August, kick-starting a week of entertainment at Race Village at Albert Dock while the crew prepare for the race of their lives. Race Start will be Sunday 20 August 2017.
Leg 1. The Atlantic Trade Winds Leg will start in Liverpool and finish, for the first time in Clipper Race history, in Punta del Este, Uruguay. The arrival window is 20 September to 25 September 2017.
Leg 2. The South Atlantic Challenge will start from Punta del Este, Uruguay on Wednesday 4 October, and finish in the Victoria and Albert Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa. The arrival window is 19 October to 22 October 2017.
Leg 3. The Southern Ocean Leg will start at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town on Tuesday 31 October, and conclude in Fremantle, Western Australia. The arrival window is 21 November to 25 November 2017.
Leg 4. The All-Australian Leg starts in Fremantle on Saturday 2 December 2017 and includes the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, which starts on Boxing Day, and will conclude in Eastern Australia.
Leg 5. The Asia-Pacific challenge will start in Eastern Australiaand race to the tropical Chinese resort of Sanya before concluding in China’s Sailing City, Qingdao, at the Olympic Sailing Centre.
Leg 6. The Mighty Pacific ocean crossing will start in Qingdao, China, and conclude in Seattle on the West Coast of America.
Leg 7. The USA Coast-to-Coast leg will start from Seattle on the West Coast and finish in New York on the East Coast, via the extraordinary Panama Canal.
Leg 8. The Atlantic Homecoming leg, the race finale, will start in New York and return to Liverpool’s Albert Dock via Derry-Londonderry’s Foyle Marina.
Race Finish. The Clipper 2017-18 Race will finish on Saturday 28 July 2018. On this day, the fleet will return to Liverpool after spending eleven months circumnavigating the globe. Teams will return to the rapturous welcome of fellow race crew, race crew supporters, and the city of Liverpool.