Seattle’s maritime history and adventurous spirit goes hand in hand with the Clipper Race, returning for the second consecutive time in the Clipper 2017-18 Race as a Host Port and Team Partner.
Making its debut in the 2015-16 edition of the race, which saw the city’s name and iconic skyline emblazoned on one of the race’s twelve 70-foot ocean racing yachts, Visit Seattle promoted the city as a destination for leisure, tourism and business.
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 city’s Official Tourism Board, Visit Seattle, a private, non-profit destination marketing organisation. It has teamed up with the Seattle Sports Commission and the Port of Seattle to use the race partnership to publicise the city to key markets during race stopovers, with the aim of increasing international trade links with the US as it continues to grow into a top international destination for tourists and business travellers.
“A branded, 70-foot racing yacht is a wonderful conversation-starter,” said Tom Norwalk, President and CEO of Visit Seattle. “We’re proud to be associated with the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and regard the Visit Seattle yacht and its intrepid crew as global ambassadors of our city and region.”
Following the success of the partnership, fifteen crew members from Washington State, including six from the city of Seattle itself, have signed up to participate in the 2017-18 race edition.
The twelve Clipper 70s, will berth at the Port of Seattle’s Bell Harbor Marina in April 2018 after completing the Mighty Pacific leg.
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