Coronavirus is to blame
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race (or just the Clipper Race) had problems around the world. Yes, such that it is not clear how to be.
But first, recall what kind of race it is – Clipper Race. Its initiator, ideologist and main driving force is the famous Robin Knox-Johnston, the first to sail around the world alone and without stopping half a century ago.
In 1995, Knox-Johnston founded the company Clipper Ventures, which conducts – every two years – round-the-world races, which have since become unusually popular (primarily in English-speaking countries). The peculiarity of this regatta is that all its participants, with the exception of skippers, are not professional yachtsmen, and sometimes they don’t have previous sailing experience at all.
Due to the fact that only amateurs take part in Clipper Race, sailing publications write little and rarely about this round-the-world race. But here – since there were problems – they all wrote together! The bottom line is as follows.
The current Clipper Race is divided into 8 stages. Recently launched the fifth of them – from Australia to China. This stage was supposed to finish in the city of Sanya on the island of Hainan.
But in China – coronavirus. How to be At first, the organizers of the Clipper Race still wanted to finish in Sanya, except to cancel all events and minimize the communication of the race participants with the local population. But now this option has disappeared: the situation in China is too serious.
It was decided that the Clipper Race fleet will stop in the Philippines – in Subic Bay. But where to move further – before throwing across the Pacific Ocean to the USA?
This is still a mystery. Clipper Race organizers are rushing to negotiate with their counterparts in China. But those, of course, can’t tell anything intelligible so far.
How to be – unknown. Wow situation!
126 Today # 9875