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Leg 4
The All-Australian Leg

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Leg 4 will challenge you in every way. The constantly changing conditions, from brutal to mild, mean that there is no relaxing - you will be pushed mentally and physically in what is one of the most inhospitable parts of the planet. Further south than on any other leg, this race around the south of Australia demands your absolute best. From Western Australia, the bows of your racing yacht point south, out of the Indian Ocean and back to the challenge of the Roaring Forties.

Cape Leeuwin marks the south western tip of Australia and is one of the three Great Capes that only a privileged few get to race past. Once again, the race route takes you below the 40th Parallel for another sleigh ride east. On your port beam, far across the horizon, is the Great Australian Bight and the unforgiving shores of the Nullarbor Plain. At sea, you will route toward the southern tip of Tasmania and into the Tasman Sea for the first time.

This is a region steeped in sailing history, being the battleground for the Sydney-Hobart Race, the Southern Hemisphere’s answer to the Fastnet Race. Just because you are out of the Southern Ocean, it doesn’t mean that the conditions are any easier - the Tasman Straits await...

As you route north for a challenging race to port on the eastern Australian seaboard, the huge ocean swells, so popular with the Aussie surfers on the east coast, continue to challenge kit, sails and crew stamina. This leg will test you mentally, physically and emotionally.

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The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the only event of its type. Anyone, even if they have never stepped on a boat before, can join the adventure.

Leg 44
3 Races
6°C - 30°C
5,014mi / 8,070km
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A drag race sprint from start to finish line or a marathon tactical battle across the world’s largest oceans enduring weeks at sea; each of the 13 races provides a unique challenge to each and every crew member.

Fremantle, Australia
Sydney, Australia
Hobart, Australia
Whitsundays
Countries Visited

A drag race sprint from start to finish line or a marathon tactical battle across the world’s largest oceans enduring weeks at sea; each of the 13 races provides a unique challenge to each and every crew member.

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33 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
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Leg 8
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Leg 1
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33 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
Atlantic Ocean crossed
Aug - Sep 2017
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Leg 2
3400 miles
18 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
South Atlantic crossed
Oct - Oct 2017
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Leg 3
4750 miles
23 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
Southern Ocean crossed
Oct - Nov 2017
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Leg 4
4328 miles
28 days at sea
2/3 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing as such - Indian/Southern and Pacific
Nov 2017 - Jan 2018
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Leg 5
6300 miles
53 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing
Jan - Feb 2018
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Leg 6
5700 miles
33 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
North Pacific crossed
Feb - Apr 2018
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Leg 7
5400 miles
38 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing
Apr - Jun 2018
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Leg 8
3350 miles
22 days at sea
2/3 races
4 ports
North Atlantic crossed
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