December 23, 2015
Kevin Ticen, Seattle Sports Commission
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – This morning, the crew aboard the 70-foot Visit Seattle Clipper Race yacht, sponsored by Seattle’s destination marketing organization (Visit Seattle), dressed in Seahawks shirts and caps and a hoisted Hawks logo on its Yankee 1 sail in Sydney Harbor, the fourth port of call in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
The crew and Skipper Huw Fernie also posed for images with the popular Seahawks slogans “I’m in,” “12” and “Go Hawks” in front of the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House.
The race, which began in London last August and will visit Seattle in April, 2016 before finishing in London later in the year, is the only event of its kind for amateur sailors. Around 40 per cent of crew are novices and have never sailed prior to completing their comprehensive training program ahead of their adventure.
The Visit Seattle yacht crew is promoting the Emerald City while sailing the world’s most dangerous oceans and calling on 14 ports.
Visit Seattle round the world crew member Dana Nicholls said: “The Seahawks are awesome. I follow the results when I am in port during the race, and I hope we get to see the playoff game. A lot of friends back home will be very jealous about this opportunity. Everyone on board wishes the Seahawks the best of luck for the playoffs.”
The race leaves Sydney Harbor on December 26, in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators, and millions watching at home on national Australian TV as some of racing’s biggest names compete. Next: the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, which forms Race 5 of the global Clipper Race series. The racing yachts arrive in Seattle in April 2016 at the end of the Mighty Pacific Leg 6 from Qingdao, China.
“The 12s have never been more global,” said Ralph Morton, Executive Director of the Seattle Sports Commission, a division of Visit Seattle. “We’ll give Skipper Huw Fernie and his crew a loud Seahawks welcome when they arrive in Seattle next year.”
It’s the first time Visit Seattle has entered the 11-month Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Namesake of Seattle’s official destination marketing organization and first-time race sponsor, the 70-foot yacht is plying the world’s most challenging oceans and visiting 9 countries in the international series – all while promoting the Emerald City as a growing international visitor destination and business hub.
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, which benefits Unicef, is the world’s longest ocean adventure and regarded as one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet. Spanning 40,000 nautical miles, the race takes almost a year to complete and consists of 12 teams competing against each other on the world’s largest matched fleet of ocean racing yachts.
In addition to the Seattle Seahawks logo, Visit Seattle’s sail and hull display the city’s skyline and include logos from co-sponsor Seattle Sports Commission, as well as host port partners the Port of Seattle’s Bell Street Marina and the Seattle Historic Waterfront Association.