Sailing around the world

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Clipper RaceEver wondered what it wold be like to sail in a round the world yacht race?

It’s not just the siling that will be an experience that you’ll never forget it is what occurs around the race as well. Take the leg which will start in about a week and take competitors from Jamaica to New York.

A week of festivities is planned from 17 May to 24 May to ensure the crews experience the vibrant culture and warm Jamaican hospitality. The 12-strong Clipper fleet will receive a distinctly warm Jamaican reception on arrival, complete with live pulsating rhythms and spectacular colourful costumes and bands.  Once all the yachts are moored, the crews, who will have travelled 590 nautical miles from Panama to Jamaica on leg 12, can unwind in Jamaican style at a Grand Gala evening event on Monday 19 May.  The rest of the week-long festivities will include sailing days, regattas, and excursions right across Jamaica.  The crews will then depart from Jamaica for the next leg of the race to New York on Saturday 24 May.

Participants in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race are a mix of paying amateurs and professional skippers. The fleet will moor at the Errol Flynn Marina (named after the Australian hell-raising actor who first visited the port of Port Antonio in 1942 calling it, “the most beautiful woman I have ever laid eyes upon.”

With all the global publicity attached to the race, it will come as no surprise to readers that the tourist board is working overtime to present the island as a place we should all visit. Jamaica’s Director of Tourism, John Lynch, said:  “The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is an ideal platform to take the Jamaica brand world-wide. This is expressed in JAMAICA Get All Right, the name of Jamaica’s entry in this year’s event.  Jamaica is more than just a holiday destination, it’s also a place where people go to enjoy the island’s culture and vibe; it’s a place where people go to relax and ‘Get All Right’.

All being well, Just about Travel will have a sailor on board one of the yachts for this leg and in a few weeks’ time we hope to bring you her thoughts of this very special “holiday” experience.

Image © Clipper Ventures Plc

For more information on Jamaica click here.

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