The 2011-12 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race stops over in Qingdao from February 22, 2012. The yacht De Lage Landen won Race 8 on the leg from Singapore to Qingdao. All of the teams have been welcomed to Qingdao at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center. The Clipper stopover in Qingdao lasts until March 4, when the yachts set sail for California on the next leg of the round the world race. News and updates at the Clipper race official website.

Who does what on the Clipper:

The Clipper Race is tough. It is contested by ten stripped down 68-foot racing yachts, each sponsored by an international city, region or country, and all of them crewed by people like you.

Housewives, taxi drivers, chief executives, lawyers, doctors, carpenters, truck drivers, IT specialists, marketing executives and even members of the clergy have all taken up the Clipper challenge – to race around the world under sail. It is a feat that fewer people have completed than have climbed Mount Everest.

The Clipper visit to Qingdao happens every other year and has become a fixture on the city’s calendar since the branding of Qingdao as China’s Sailing City after its selection as the 2008 Olympic Regatta site. People from all walks of life participate in the race – sign up for the 2013-14 race. The Qingdao team includes 45 crew from ages 19 to 66 representing 8 nationalities (including Spark/Diner proprietor George Hu from Qingdao).

Read the 11-12 Clipper race Qingdao crew profiles. Check out the yachts’ current positions and latest race standings on the Race Viewer at the official Clipper Round The World website.

More info from the Clipper site:

De Lage Landen, the Dutch entry in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, has claimed its first victory in the world’s longest yacht race.

After taking into account the seven hours’ redress the team received after they responded to Gold Coast Australia’s call for assistance during the medevac of two of their crew, De Lage Landen crossed the Race 8 finish line at 1651 UTC (21 February).

Geraldton Western Australia crossed the Race 8 finish line at 2351 sealing second place while Gold Coast Australia claimed the final podium position in the race from Singapore, crossing the line at 0143 UTC.

Later today will see the teams experience a spectacular welcome into the Chinese city of Qingdao.

The first three teams will arrive in Qingdao for their welcome ceremony from 1330 local time (Feb 22, 2012) while Singapore are expected to cross the finish line within the next two hours.

Relevant Links:
Clipper Round The World Official Website

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