Clipper Round the World Race visits Airlie Beach

The Clipper Round The World Race brought its fleet of 12 yachts & 200+ crew to Airlie Beach for two wondrous weeks in January.

A truly unique sailing race with all boats being identical & taking competitors (as the name indicates) around the world. Here are some of our favourite moments while they called Airlie Beach & Abell Point Marina home…

Clipper boats tied up at Abell Point Marina (image @abellpointmarina

The Clipper fleet tied up safely at Abell Point Marina. Decorating yachts with flags & bunting is an old sailing tradition when yachts are tied in port. (Image by Abell Point Marina)

Sunset arrival of the fleet

The Clipper fleet enjoyed a sunset arrival into Airlie Beach on 17th of January 2018. (Image by Riptide Creative)

High fives for the winners of the Whitsundays leg of the race

Airlie Beach locals cheer on the winning team of the Whitsunday leg upon their arrival into Abell Point Marina. (Image by Clipper Race)

Celebrations continue!

The celebrations continued with a welcoming parade & trophy ceremony along the Airlie Beach foreshore. (Image by Clipper Race)

Colours of the fleet

The colourful fleet made it hard to miss them at Abell Point Marina! (Image by @mel_c76)

The Clipper fleet at night

Even at night the Clipper fleet shone bright at Abell Point Marina. (Image by Tash Farmer)

looking down to the Clipper fleet

The open day gave locals a chance to board the Clipper fleet & see the world class racing yachts up close. (Image by Clipper Race)

Clipper departs Airlie Beach

After two wondrous weeks the Clipper fleet departed Airlie Beach with much fanfare & well wishers in a parade of sails, with many amazing images captured along the way. (Image by @riptiidecreative)

The fleet is off & away

Image by Riptide Creative.

Lining up

Image by Cherie Morel.

Dare to Lead on it's way!

Image by Dare To Lead Crew

To continue following this great journey head over to the Clipper Round The World Race website as they sail to their next port of call, China.

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