Please select your home edition
Clipper Ventures
JOIN THE RACE JOIN THE 2019-20 RACE MAGAZINE DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL SOUVENIR RACE MAGAZINE Check out the latest photo galleries from The Clipper Race

Clipper 2019-20 Race returns to Fremantle

by Clipper Round the World 30 Mar 2019 22:26 PDT
Fremantle Sailing Club © Clipper Race

Hundreds of people from all over the world are set to experience all the city of Fremantle has to offer when the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race returns to the Fremantle Sailing Club this December.

Clipper Race Founder and Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who this April will celebrate the 50th anniversary of becoming the first person to sail solo and non-stop around the world, said: "Fremantle Sailing Club is an incredible facility and one that the crew enjoyed immensely during our last stopover in 2017.

"Crossing the Southern Ocean is not an easy way to get to Fremantle but if it was easy everyone would do it. Our crew will feel the most enormous sense of achievement when they see Fremantle appear on the horizon, knowing what they have accomplished."

Fremantle's history with the Clipper Race goes back to 2005, with the historic port city the site of the first ever Australian stopover. In total, this will be the fourth visit to Fremantle, while Australia has featured as part of the global circuit of the Clipper Race seven times.

The reward at the end of such a tough race will be the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Fremantle. Located at the mouth of the Swan River and just 30 minutes from Perth, Fremantle is bounded by stunning beaches and limestone cliffs, and is a major port for Western Australia, for both world-class competition and commercial activity.

The fleet will be berthed at Fremantle Sailing Club, which overlooks the warm and pristine waters of the Indian Ocean. The more than 3,000 members of this friendly club enjoy excellent facilities both on and off the water and have eleven different activity sections, including cruising, dinghy and junior racing, as well as angling and inshore and offshore racing.

The FSC members and public will have their first chance to learn more about Leg 3 and the Clipper Race adventure in general on Sunday 31 March, when former crew members will gather at the FSC for its annual Open Day.

Fremantle Sailing Club Commodore Graeme Allen said: "Fremantle Sailing Club is proud to host the Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race.

"Following on from a very successful visit to our historic club in 2017, we once again look forward to showcasing our port and venue to competitors, families and friends from all parts of the globe.

"Fremantle Sailing Club offers direct ocean access to visiting yachts and our sensational facilities will see competitors and race officials well catered for. Our management and staff have commenced the necessary preparations to ensure this leg is a very successful and memorable one for all involved.

"The arrival of boats that have crossed the Southern Ocean always generates a buzz of excitement at the club. Full respect is given to those who undertake this journey under race conditions."

From Fremantle, the eleven Clipper 70s will race around to Eastern Australia, before turning north and crossing the Equator once more towards the first of three Chinese host cities.

For more information and information on how to join can be found here.

Related Articles

Meet the Clipper Race Crew: Ian Wang
Ian and his 20 teammates raced the ten other identical yachts for 24 hours per day “This is probably the most extreme thing I will ever do in my entire life!” Says Ian Wang a 43-year-old, Software architect, from Cardiff, who traded computers for sailing spending four months racing 15,000 miles from London, UK, to Fremantle, Australia. Posted on 27 Sep
Meet the Clipper Race Crew: Dario Schwendener
For the 27-year-old, circumnavigating was the ultimate sabbatical For 27-year-old Dario Schwendener, circumnavigating was the ultimate sabbatical. With the Clipper Race providing a chance to travel the world, compete in a sport he loves as well as hands on experience of teamwork and leadership in an extreme environment. Posted on 15 Sep
Meet the Clipper Race Crew: Ben Deifel
Rekindling a memory from 10yrs ago, an article sparked the idea to sail around the world By chance Ben Deifel, a 32-year-old COO from Munich, Germany, happened across a feature about Clipper Race in a travel magazine he picked up from an airport in Oman. Rekindling a memory from 10 years ago, article sparked an idea to sail around the world. Posted on 6 Sep
Meet the Clipper Race Crew: Kiki Kettunen
A Seattle team circumnavigator in the Clipper 2019-20 Race Finnish born Kiki Kettunen first heard about the Clipper Race 12 years ago but it took life and work to align and the sight of a billboard ad on the London Underground to help her take the first step in becoming an ocean adventurer Posted on 30 Aug
Why I signed up to the Clipper Race
Find out why crew members signed up for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Adventure has led us humans into the unexplored parts of our magnificent planet and universe. Circumnavigating the world as part of the Clipper Race will allow me to feel ever closer to what the great explorers felt when they ventured into the unknown. Posted on 23 Aug
Clipper Round the World Race finish reflections
The day that can seem an age away or seem to be zooming up far too quickly Race Finish, the day that can seem an age away, after an exhausting watch in the Southern Ocean, or seem to be zooming up far too quickly when there's just a few races to go. Posted on 12 Aug
A return to sailing: China gets back on the water
With strict guidelines, limitations and health and safety procedures Sporting events around the world have been affected by the global outbreak of Covid-19. Sailing has not been immune to the impact from the pandemic with both major international events and local sailing postponed, including the Clipper 2019-20 Race. Posted on 8 Aug
Wendy Tuck - Breaking records and barriers
The first female Skipper to win a round the world yacht race Becoming a trailblazer was not Wendy Tuck's intention when she signed up to be a Skipper in the Clipper 2018-17 Race - the Australian simply wanted to go sailing. Posted on 1 Aug
Meet the Clipper Race crew: Abdelhamid Abouyoussef
Founding the answer to a long unanswered question "I found the answer to a long unanswered question." Said Abdelhamid Abouyoussef about taking part in Clipper Race. Like many who apply Abdelhamid, a Managing Director, as always wanted to circumnavigate the world, but on his own logistics were complicated Posted on 26 Jul
Reflections on the final ocean crossing
The final leg of the Clipper Race comes with tremendous highs but also lows The final leg of the Clipper Race comes with tremendous highs but also lows as it means the global journey is coming to an end. At a time when the Clipper 2019-20 Race crew should have been completing their penultimate race of the series Posted on 25 Jul
Henri-Lloyd 2020 No More Middle Men MPU SWMBW newsletters (top)