Visit Seattle Sets Sail in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
Once around the world was not enough. The 70-foot racing yacht Visit Seattle -- namesake of Seattle’s DMO and second-time race sponsor -- has set sail again to compete against 11 teams in the 2017-18 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race that left Liverpool August 20. Visit Seattle’s sail and hull display Seattle’s destination brand colors and logos from co-sponsor the Seattle Sports Commission, as well as host port partner the Port of Seattle’s Bell Harbor Marina and hotel partner the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. “The ongoing partnership between Visit Seattle and Clipper Round the World shines a global spotlight on Seattle as a world-class visitor destination and center of business innovation,” said Tom Norwalk, president & CEO of Visit Seattle.
The race spans 40,000 nautical miles and includes visits to 14 international ports over the next 11 months. Following an exciting showing in the 2015-16 race, Visit Seattle is thrilled to once again promote the Emerald City as a sought-after international tourist destination and business hub while cheering on Nicola “Nikki” Henderson, the youngest captain in Clipper Round the World history. In April 2018, Seattle will welcome all Clipper Round the World yachts, including Visit Seattle, as they enter the Puget Sound and the Port of Seattle’s Bell Harbor Marina from Qingdao, China before heading to Panama.