Fremantle is set to come alive with Clipper fever this Christmas with the arrival of the international Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in about 10 days’ time.
Tourism Minister Mark McGowan said the arrival of the 10 international yachts would create an atmosphere reminiscent of the America’s Cup.
“The race village will be set up in Fishing Boat Harbour, right in the heart of the port city, close to pubs, clubs and the famous cappuccino strip,” Mr McGowan said.
“There will be hundreds of crew, family and supporters from England, South Africa, the USA, Singapore, Canada and Scotland.
“Our State-sponsored yacht ‘westernaustralia.com’ is doing a fantastic job, leading the race overall and coming third in this leg, with 2,000 miles to go.
“I urge everyone to come down, welcome the yachts and enjoy the party when they arrive in Fishing Boat Harbour on December 17.”
The Minister said the Gallop Government had provided more than $900,000 to secure host port status for Fremantle and naming rights to the yacht ‘westernaustralia.com’.
“Fremantle is the only Australian host port in the 10-month, 35,000 nautical mile race around the globe,” he said.
“The race features yachts from around the world and it is expected that the media coverage Western Australia will receive will be worth millions of dollars.
“This is in addition to the $2million that will be injected into the local economy as a result of having the crew and their families here in WA over Christmas.
“Each dollar that is spent in WA helps create jobs and opportunities for locals, which is why the Gallop Government is working hard to grow the tourism industry and secure high-yield events for the State.”
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