Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Clipper round the world yacht race begins!

    19/09/2005 12:00 AM
     
    19/09/05

    Ten sleek new 68-foot racing yachts left Liverpool yesterday to race around the world in the Clipper 05-06 round the world yacht race.

    The yachtwesternaustralia.com’ will carry the hopes of the nation during this 10-month 35,000 mile ocean odyssey.

    Crewed mainly by Australians, including 15 Western Australians, ‘westernaustralia.com’ will face tough competition from yachts representing Canada, China, New York, Liverpool, Jersey, Cardiff, Glasgow, Durban and Singapore.

    Tourism Minister Mark McGowan said Fremantle would be the only Australian stop for the race.

    “Fremantle will be buzzing with Clipper fever when the yachts arrive in mid December,” Mr McGowan said.

    “The Clipper 05-06 Race is unique because it allows paying amateurs to take on the challenge of racing around the world with a professional skipper.

    “The race will be the adventure of a lifetime for the 23 Australians taking part in some or all of the seven legs of the race.

    “As well as giving us a fantastic opportunity to showcase Western Australia in key markets around the world, there will be valuable international media coverage.

    “The clipper race reflects the outdoors adventure experience offered by WA and is a great fit for our Real Thing branding campaign.

    “EventsCorp, a division of Tourism WA, worked hard against other Australian States to secure an international yachting event of this calibre for WA.”

    Mr McGowan said the race was expected to bring in a big influx of yachting fans as well as family and friends when it arrived in Fremantle later this year.

    “The two-week Christmas time stopover will inject about $2million into the local economy, creating jobs and opportunities for Western Australians,” he said.

    “There will be a Clipper 05-06 race village in the heart of Fremantle, at Fishing Boat Harbour, and plenty of opportunities to see the yachts and meet their crews.”

    On New Year’s Day 2006, the yachts will head north to China, via Singapore, then on to Canada, Panama, New York, Jersey and to the finish in Liverpool on July 1, 2006.

    As it makes its way around the world, ‘westernaustralia.com’ will promote the State as one of the world’s great tourism destinations.

    It will also be a great teaching tool for WA school children who will follow the race as part of a Clipper education program.

    WA school teacher Peter Bolt has been sponsored by the Department of Education and Training to take part in one leg of the race.

    You can keep in touch with the Clipper 05-06 race and communicate with the crew via the website http://www.clipper.westernaustralia.com

    Minister's office: 9222 9111