The Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre was the venue for the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with the Clipper Race playing a vital role in ensuring the city was ready to host the world's most prestigious sporting event.

The relationship between Qingdao and the Clipper Race was further strengthened when in 2012 the fleet of twelve Clipper 70s was built in the city.

Qingdao Ambassador, Vicky Song became the first Chinese woman to circumnavigate the world during the 2013-14 edition the race.

Here, an intense programme of cultural and business promotional activities are planned during the fleet's stay in Qingdao, allowing opportunities for crew to experience Chinese culture and hospitality.

China's 'Sailing City' will again be both a Team Partner and Host Port for the 2017-18 and 2019-20 race editions, in the highly successful relationship which dates back to the Clipper 2005-06 Race.

Click here to see images and read more about the Qingdao signing ceremony and Clipper Race partnership.