Countdown to Clipper Race coming to Port Antonio
THE fleet of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is just days away from reaching Jamaica and preparations are well under way to ensure this leg of the race is the most exciting.
A week of festivities is planned from May 17 to 24 to ensure that the crews experience our vibrant culture and warm Jamaican hospitality.
Participants in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race are a mix of amateurs and professional sailors, and the Jamaica leg falls three-quarters of the way through the race. The race crews have seen a great deal on their journey, and will discover a seafarer's paradise when they approach Jamaica and set eyes on its white beaches and lush rainforest backdrop.
The fleet will moor at the world-class Errol Flynn Marina, located in the town of Port Antonio in Portland. In addition to the marina's premier facilities adjoining areas will be transformed into a sailing carnival, a celebration of all things Jamaican.
The 12-strong Clipper fleet will receive a distinctly warm Jamaican reception on arrival, complete with live pulsating rhythms and spectacular colourful costumes and bands. Once all the yachts are moored, the crews, who will have travelled 590 nautical miles from Panama to Jamaica, can unwind in true Jamaican style at a Grand Gala event on Monday, May 19. The rest of the week-long festivities will include sailing days, regattas, and excursions right across Jamaica. The crews will then depart from Jamaica for the next leg of the race to New York on Saturday, May 24.
Jamaica's Director of Tourism John Lynch, said the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is an ideal platform to take the Jamaica brand worldwide and highlight the energy and spirit embodied in our people.