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Clipper Race 2019–20: Bermuda on board for world's toughest endurance test

by Clipper Round the World 12 Jul 2019 12:00 BST
Bermuda is the newest Host Port and Team Partner for Clipper Race 2019–20 © Clipper Race

We have revealed this week that Bermuda is the newest Host Port and Team Partner to the upcoming 2019-20 edition which starts from London, UK, on 1 September 2019.

During the inaugural year, the fleet will call into Hamilton, the subtropical island's capital, at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in July 2020 during the final leg of the epic 40,000 nautical mile long circumnavigation.

Set apart by its location, way of life and compelling mystique, Bermuda is an alluring destination for adventure-seekers, explorers, romantics and originals—making it the perfect match for some 700 thrill-seeking Clipper Race Crew.

"Aligning with the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race as a Team and Host Port partner makes perfect sense. The partnership will generate brand awareness and economic impact for Bermuda—both are core to our mission," said Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) Chief Executive Officer Kevin Dallas

"Bermuda has long been a top destination for sailing and luxury. Bermuda was discovered by mariners, we revolutionised sailing with the invention of the Bermuda sloop and we were most recently the home of the 35th America's Cup. Ideal weather conditions, gorgeous turquoise waters, and deep connections with the global sailing community are all part of our island life out here. Being a Host Port positioned between New York and the UK is just one more way to connect us strategically with two of our top feeder markets for visitors."

Leading Bermuda's Team Entry, GoToBermuda, is South African Clipper Race Skipper David Immelman.

Speaking on his appointment as GoToBermuda Skipper, David said: "I am so excited to have the opportunity to Skipper the GoToBermuda team! I believe the Bermuda Tourism Authority is the best aligned Team Partner the Clipper Race has ever had! I have always been intrigued by Bermuda, I've heard a lot about it and it has been on my bucket list for a long time, so I am really looking forward to sailing into Bermuda and representing the destination in each port of call along the race route."

Through its partnership with the Clipper Race, Bermuda will be able to promote itself around the world as a leading visitor destination and highlight its rich maritime legacy while firmly cementing its position as a premier sailing hub.

Head to the Bermuda Host Port and Team Partner pages for more information, and follow Bermuda on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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