This week, the first of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet have arrived into the Whitsundays. The Clipper fleet have raced up the east coast of Australia in The Wondrous Whitsundays Race.
Skippered by 24-year-old Brit Nikki Henderson, Visit Seattle crossed the finish line off the coast of Airlie Beach at 15:05:36 local time, completing the 1,600 nautical mile sprint from Hobart to the Whitsundays in 11 days.
It was a close finish. The Visit Seattle team had to work hard for the win. The eleventh and final morning at sea saw them off the coast of Mackay and just five nautical miles ahead of the second placed PSP Logistics. Sanya Serenity Coast was only another mile astern, with just seven nautical miles separating Visit Seattle from the fourth placed Liverpool 2018.
The Clipper Race crews, their families and friends, will now enjoy a two-week break, with the Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival providing a raft of exciting events right across the region.
Tourism Whitsundays CEO Craig Turner said the region was very excited to be welcoming the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race crews to the Whitsundays.
"The crews will be able to have a well-earned rest now they have arrived, before the two weeks of celebrations start," he said.
"The Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival has been created to showcase the whole region, from the islands, to the coastal mainland, to the inland country towns.
"We hope the Clipper Race crews, their families and friends enjoy experiencing our wonderful region while they are here."