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The Clipper Round the World Race to Sail Past San Francisco

After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the Clipper Round the World Race is back underway. Having recently completed Leg 6 in Seattle, the fleet has now restarted to begin Leg 7 to Panama. The leg is expected to take 25 to 30 days, with teams expected to arrive in Panama May 25-30.

The Clipper Race has restarted. You can follow their tracks down the coast here.
© 2022 Clipper Race

Ten of the 11 teams left Seattle on Saturday, making their way out the Strait of Juan de Fuca and around Cape Flattery to begin the long haul down the West Coast.

Clipper Race
Visit Sanya, China, departing Seattle as they get ready to head to Panama.
© 2022 Jean-Marcus Strole Photography

The 11th boat, Qingdao, having diverted to Japan for repairs earlier in Leg 6, is making progress across the North Pacific. She’s heading for San Francisco and is expected to arrive on May 5. They’ll take three to four days for a crew change before rejoining the rest of the fleet in Leg 7. Three Qingdao Leg 7 race crew, Diane Morrison from Australia, Bridget Pugh from the UK, and Qingdao Ambassador Robert Mark, were in Seattle to see the fleet depart. The trio will fly to San Francisco ahead of Qingdao’s arrival this week.

The rest of the fleet will be giving San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge a wave as they sail past.

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Along with crews from 81 other starters, we found ourselves enjoying the scene at Vallejo Yacht Club on Saturday afternoon.