The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race arrives in Airlie Beach on 13 January 2016 and the fleet will be on display at Abell Point Marina from 13 – 18 January. There are lots of Free Events happening over this festival period. Check out the timetable of events here: Round the World Clipper Festival Events – Abell Point.

About the Clipper Race

Normally the domain of seasoned pros, this supreme challenge is taken on by ordinary, everyday people. Having completed a rigorous training course, participants are suited and booted in the latest extreme protection gear to commence the race of their lives – an unparalleled challenge where taxi drivers rub shoulders with chief executives, vicars mix with housewives, students work alongside bankers, and engineers team up with Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

This is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other. With no previous sailing experience necessary, it’s a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht. All that is asked of participants is a good level of fitness, an age over 18 – and a thirst for adventure into the unknown. Divided into eight legs and 14 individual races, you can choose to complete the full circumnavigation or select individual legs. It is the only race in the world where the organizers supply a fleet of twelve identical racing yachts, each with a fully qualified skipper to safely guide the crew.

Get yourself down to Abel Point Marina

It’s an amazing sight to see and there will be lots to do for all the family, including: Fireworks, a 5km Park Run and the Outrigger Paddle Challenge! So get down there and the PD Law team will see you there.

*Photo credit Stuart Bell- “Clipper Yachts at 5.30am”