Clipper 2019-20 Race: Teams China – Qingdao, Sanya, Zhuhai

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QINGDAO

Qingdao first partnered with the Clipper Race in 2005 and is the longest-serving host port and team partner in the 23-year history of the event, with the 2019-20 edition marking the eighth consecutive race that China’s ‘Sailing City’ has featured in both roles.

Chris Brooks is the Skipper of the Qingdao entry in the Clipper 2019-20 Race

Englishman Chris Brooks is the Skipper of the Qingdao entry in the Clipper 2019-20 Race

Chris Brooks from Essex, UK, is the Skipper for the Qingdao yacht in the 2019-20 campaign, while 23-year-old Brit Rhiannon Massey serving as Mate. The 63 members of the Qingdao team hail from 10 different countries and are aged between 23 and 72. Qingdao finished third overall in the 2017-18 race.

Qingdao first used the Clipper Race as a focal point for both building its credentials to host the Beijing 2008 Olympic sailing events and creating a powerful legacy as China and Asia’s leading location for international sailing events. There was also the aim to develop Qingdao as a powerful maritime city with a strong ‘blue’ marine economy and create a leisure-sport cluster along the route of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

Qingdao first partnered with the Clipper Race in 2005 and is the longest-serving host port and team partner in the 23-year history of the event

Qingdao first partnered with the Clipper Race in 2005 and is the longest-serving host port and team partner in the 23-year history of the event

Over the last 12 years, the Clipper Race has brought thousands of crew, visitors, VIPs and business partners to Qingdao and China to boost tourism, representing Qingdao’s winter-season travel offer, and develop trade, with tangible deals and visitor-generated economic impact.

Ambassador crew: LV Xiang, LUO Xiaoyu, ZHOU Dongning, ZANG Kun, SUN Simou, GUO Yangzi, ZHANG Shan, LIU Xin, MAI Minxuan, ZHANG Yu, WANG Lukun, ZHENG Yi, LI Bing, GUAN Yadi (Media Berth)

 

VISIT SANYA, CHINA

Scotland’s Seumas Kellock is the Skipper of the Visit Sanya, China entry in the Clipper 2019-20 Race

Scotland’s Seumas Kellock is the Skipper of the Visit Sanya, China entry in the Clipper 2019-20 Race

This is the second race featuring Sanya as both a host port and team partner, with team Sanya Serenity Coast taking the overall win in its debut campaign in the 2017-18 Clipper Race.

The victory was not only a victory for Sanya, known as the ‘Hawaii of China’, but also made history, with Wendy Tuck of Australia becoming the first female Skipper in history to win a round-the-world yacht race.

In the 2019-20 edition, the entry from the tropical city is known as Visit Sanya, China, with Scotland’s Seumas Kellock as Skipper and Spain’s Jorge Infante Llorca as Mate. The 59 team members range in age from 27 to 68, and represent 10 different nationalities.

Sanya Ambassadors in the Clipper 2019-20 Race, who will try to retain the title won in 2017-18

Sanya Ambassadors in the Clipper 2019-20 Race, who will try to retain the title won in 2017-18

Sanya is using the Clipper Race as a business platform to build its reputation as an international sailing destination and further enhance the city’s long-term development strategy of combining sports and tourism.

Ambassador crew: ZHANG Minghao, QIAN Xueyao, Scott DRAPER, YE Yun, BAI Wei, SUN Jing, XU Yu, WANG Rong, LV Yang, GUAN Jiong, FENG Jiasheng, ZHU Qiang, WANG Wanggui, XU Shengda, HUANG Lijuan, LIU Jiapeng, YUAN Xi, GUAN Xi (Media Berth)

 

ZHUHAI

South African Nick Leggatt is the Skipper of the Zhuhai entry in the Clipper 2019-20 Race

South African Nick Leggatt is the Skipper of the Zhuhai entry in the Clipper 2019-20 Race

The City of Islands, Zhuhai is making its debut as a host port and team partner in the 2019-20 race, following a three-edition agreement. Record-breaking sailor Nick Leggatt of South Africa is the Skipper, with Scotland’s James Finney as Mate. There are 11 different nationalities among the 58 members of the Zhuhai team, who range in age from 18 to 66.

The debut partnership was made official at a signing ceremony in Liverpool, UK, and will see Zhuhai, along with Jiuzhou Holdings, collaborate with race organiser Clipper Ventures, on the 2019-20, 2021-22 and 2023-24 editions of the global event.

The 18 Zhuhai Ambassador Crew who qualified from a three-day selection process

The 18 Zhuhai Ambassador Crew who qualified from a three-day selection process

Zhuhai is located close to Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macau, and has the largest coastal area in China, many beautiful islands and excellent conditions for sailing. Zhuhai is also one
of the home cities of the new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB), the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge.

Ambassador crew: PAN Yue, XIAO Yuan, CAO Shiyi, CHEN Jiaqi, LIU Minghua, LI An, CAO Min, DING Kai, QU Jiamin, WU Hongfa, HE Ping, LUO Zhuoxian, YANG Yang, LIN Tang, WU Kefu, MAO Yi, MU Xiaobo, QI Yunfei

 

CLIPPER 2019-20 RACE

Race Start      City, Country

Sep 1, 2019     London, ENGLAND

Sep 15, 2019   Portimao, PORTUGAL

Oct 23, 2019   Punta del Este, URUGUAY

Nov 17, 2019  Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA

Dec 22, 2019  Fremantle, AUSTRALIA

Jan 18, 2020   Whitsundays, AUSTRALIA

Feb 21, 2020   Sanya, CHINA

Feb 28, 2020   Subic Bay, PHILIPPINES

Mar 9, 2020     Zhuhai, CHINA

Mar 26, 2020   Qingdao, CHINA

May 2, 2020    Seattle, USA

Jun 5, 2020     Panama City/Cristobal, PANAMA

Jun 27, 2020   New York, USA

Jul 9, 2020      Hamilton, BERMUDA

Jul 23-27*, 2020 Derry-Londonderry, NORTHERN IRELAND

* Arrival window for race finish

 

The original article appears in Yacht Style Issue 48. Email [email protected] for print subscription enquiries or subscribe to the Magzter version at: www.magzter.com/SG/Lux-Inc-Media/Yacht-Style/Fashion/

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