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Whitsunday Regional Council will sponsor the welcome and farewell events for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, which is scheduled to arrive at Abell Point Marina on Wednesday 13 January 2016.
Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the events will be coordinated by the Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce and include a Family Open Day Carnival.
“The Whitsunday Islands are a world-renowned sailing destination and it’s terrific that we havebeen listed alongside places such as Rio de Janeiro, New York and Sydney on the fleet’s racingitinerary,” Mayor Whitney said.
“The race is expected to be a real drawcard for the local tourism industry in terms of attractingvisitors to the region, along with the families of the boat crews and a strong media contingentcovering the event,” she said.
“Abell Point Marina will be a change-over port for the race, with approximately half of the 690-strong crew to be replaced by fresh crew at Airlie Beach.”
The race was launched from London’s St Katherine Docks in late August, with the fleet to visitdestinations including Rio de Janeiro, Qingdao, Seattle, Panama and New York before finishingback in London next year.
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