Published: Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Visit Seattle will be a first-time team sponsor in the 2015-16 Clipper Round The World Race, using the race’s global marketing platform to promote itself as a tourist and business destination.

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(Photo: Visit Seattle)

The Visit Seattle yacht will represent Seattle, Washington, known as the ‘Emerald City.’ The city will be publicised at key ports during the 40,000-mile circumnavigation.

“The race gives us a great opportunity to take the iconic image of our skyline across the globe and helps to position our city as an exciting, international destination,” says President & CEO of Visit Seattle Tom Norwalk. “We are excited to brand a boat with the colours of the Emerald City and our iconic skyline to help further this growth.”

Seattle will also act as a host port, welcoming the crew at the end of the Conquer the Mighty Pacific Leg 6 from Qingdao, China.

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“Seattle is city of innovation and home to industry leaders such as Microsoft, and Boeing,” says Chairman and Founder of the Clipper Race Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. “We look forward to the race’s global marketing platform helping leverage the city’s goals to publicise itself as a destination, enhance employment opportunities and the economic prosperity of the region.”

British Skipper Huw Fernie will skipper the Visit Seattle team.

"The opportunity to sail into and explore our home port after crossing the mighty Pacific Ocean will be a highlight of this circumnavigation,” says Fernie. “With so many recent success stories from Seattle’s business sector, I am hoping my team can recreate this winning form on the water too."

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The tenth edition of the Clipper Race starts August 30 from St Katharine Docks, London and will return eleven months later. 

Its global race destinations include Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Sydney, Da Nang – Vietnam, Qingdao – China, Seattle, New York, Derry Londonderry – Northern Ireland and Den Helder – Netherlands.