The Clipper 2017-18 Round-the-World Yacht Race will begin in Liverpool, UK, on August 20th, 2017. The City of Sanya, located in the South of China on Hainan Island, will make its debut as a Host Port and Team Partner for the 2017-18 and 2019-20 races.



The Sanya stopover is scheduled to be on Leg 5 of the Clipper 2017-18 Race, the Clipper Race fleet is expected to reach Sanya Serenity Marina towards the middle or end of February 2018.

Through the new partnership with the Clipper Race, Sanya will seek to build its reputation as an international sailing destination, further enhancing the city’s long-term development strategy of combining sports and tourism.

The Sanya Serenity Coast Team, which includes a carefully selected Sanya crew, will represent the city and China on the race around the world.


To track and report the latest developments of the event and the Sanya Serenity Coast Team, the official English website of Sanya Tourism Development Commission (STDC) will launch a special coverage page on August 1st, 2017.



The Clipper 2017-18 Race page ( will feature various sections, including an “About” page, and the following other sections: Clipper Race Teams, Clipper Race Guidelines, Clipper Race Route Map, Race Photos and Video, Sanya Serenity Coast Team and Members, Sponsors and Partners. The new page will serve as a window to showcase Sanya’s rich marine tourism resources to the world.

About the Clipper 2017-18 Race

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is a sailing race around the world in 8 legs, with trained amateur crew members. The Clipper Race was established in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-69. His aim was to allow anyone, regardless of previous sailing experience, the chance to embrace the thrill of ocean racing; it is the only event of its kind for amateur sailors. Around 40 per cent of crew are novices and have never sailed before starting a comprehensive training programme ahead of their adventure.

Covering 40,000 nautical miles, the Clipper 2017-18 Race will start in Liverpool on August 20th, 2017 and return almost a year later on July 28th, 2018, after following a global route which includes stopovers in Punta del Este, Cape Town, Fremantle, Sydney, Hobart, East Coast Australia (Port TBC), Sanya, Qingdao, Seattle, Panama, New York, and Derry Londonderry.

More than 700 crew members, representing 44 different nationalities, will be competing in the Clipper 2017-18 Race, which is expect to attract attentions of nearly 1.5 billion audiences around the world.

Sanya will welcome the crew in February 2018 following the All-Australian leg.