The Whitsundays will come alive with festivities and fun when the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race arrives in January 2018.
The Whitsunday Clipper Race Carnival will be a two-week celebration of exciting regional events and activities from January 13 to 29 showcasing the beauty of the Whitsundays and welcoming the Clipper fleet. Tourism Whitsundays CEO Craig Turner said it was going to be a magical event. “The whole region is going to come alive and there will be something for everyone at the Whitsunday Clipper Race Carnival,” he said.
“Early Bird prices are available now so buy your tickets to make the most of the great savings.
“There are also plenty of accommodation packages available but these won’t last, so make sure you book now at www.whitsundayclipperrace.com.au to avoid disappointment.”
A raft of events has been organised right across the region, including a free Welcome Event in Airlie Beach town centre, a White on Whitehaven Long Lunch, a Progressive Lunch while cruising on board a yacht, and a Rodeo by the Reef in Bowen. There are also Open Clipper Race Yacht Days at Abell Point Marina, which are open for the public to see what a Clipper Race yacht really looks like, inside and out.
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is a unique event, which sees seasoned skippers partnered with novice crews on an epic 40,000 nautical mile adventure. Airlie Beach will host the 12 participating yachts, their skippers and international crews and supporters as the final stop of the Australian leg of the race.
Tourism and Events Queensland Chief Executive Officer Leanne Coddington said the carnival of events will further enhance the Whitsundays’ reputation as a world class sailing destination. “The Whitsundays is one of the jewels in Queensland’s tourism crown and this event celebrates the sailing lifestyle synonymous with the region,” Ms Coddington said.
“The two week celebrations will truly make the race participants feel welcome, and create a buzz around the entire region,” she said.
Visit whitsundayclipperrace.com.au for more information on how to get your plans underway.