Clippers in Seattle 2018, Photo: E. Seelye

COVID-19 Shuts Down Clippers

Schelleen Rathkopf Nautical News Sailboat Racing

With the ongoing global outbreak of Covid-19 and the enormous impact it has created on world travel, the 2019-2020 Clipper Round the World Race came to a halt in the Philippines with three legs left in the sailing race.

The Clipper biennial race takes paying amateur crews on one or more legs of a circumnavigation of the globe in 11 specially designed identical yachts owned by Clipper Ventures. Professional skippers and additional qualified persons lead each team on a ten-month journey.

The Clipper 2019-20 Race had just three legs of the race remaining when the race was postponed for approximately ten months. The current plan is to have crews complete the remaining circumnavigation legs in 2021.

Clippers in Seattle, 2018

Visit Seattle, and the other Clippers, on their last visit to Seattle in 2018.

Clipper crews are currently under quarantine in Subic Bay, Philippines, where the Clipper Race fleet has been berthed since Sunday, March 15. The island of Luzon (where Subic Bay is located) is currently under enhanced community quarantine. The fleet was due to race across the North Pacific Ocean towards Seattle in mid-March.

All Leg 6, 7 and 8 crews, along with the circumnavigators, will be able to rejoin the race when it resumes next year. The next full edition of the Clipper Race will start in the summer of 2022.

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Schelleen Rathkopf

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Schelleen Rathkopf is Managing Editor of Northwest Yachting magazine and Owner and Producer of Whidbey Island Race Week (now Point Roberts Race Week). She is also the producer of the SHE Regatta, a new all women regatta in Seattle.

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