The V&A Waterfront will welcome hundreds of non-professional sailors from across the globe for the tenth time in November 2019. The sailors will be taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the toughest test of human endurance, when it visits the city this autumn.
Local representation will be at an all-time high in the Clipper 2019-20 Race. Two Race Skippers and four Race Crew hail from the city, with a further four crew from other South African cities.
Deputy Race Director Dale Smyth, who is also from Cape Town and was a Race Skipper during the previous edition, said: “As a proud Capetonian, I am very excited for the Clipper Race to return for the tenth time. With the vast majority of my career spent on the waters around Cape Town, and after racing into my home port during the last edition of the Clipper Race, I know how gripping the racing is and how fantastic it is to arrive into V&A Waterfront after so long at sea. I am sure that Cape Town will be one of the highlights of the entire 2019-20 race route.”
A leading destination for international events, this will be the tenth time Cape Town has hosted the Clipper Race. Before reaching the V&A Waterfront, the eleven teams will already have raced over 10,000 nautical miles nautical miles (nm) from the UK, with a stop in South America.
The race into Cape Town has historically seen some of the closest finishes and tightly fought battles of the entire circumnavigation. During the 2017-18 edition, Capetonian Skipper Dale Smyth came a close second into his home port, just fifteen minutes behind first place, despite over 3,600nm of racing across the South Atlantic. With two Capetonian Skippers this time around, it is all to play for to secure home port line honors.
A schedule of free public events will give local and international visitors the opportunity to discover more about the V&A Waterfront and also the Clipper Race, through first hand stories from its adventurous crew.
Regarded as one of the toughest challenges on the planet, the Clipper Race is the only event which trains everyday people to make six ocean crossings, covering six continents, testing them to their absolute limit. Fewer people have sailed around the world than climbed Mount Everest, and with 40 percent of crew having no previous sailing experience before signing up, the achievement is all the more incredible.