After arriving safely and swiftly into the Uruguayan resort of Punta del Este, following a 5,200 nautical mile-long marathon across the Atlantic Ocean, a fantastic evening of celebrations and formal Prizegiving was laid on by hosts Yacht Club Punta del Este.



The runner-up team, the Visit Sanya, China team, led by Seumas Kellock and Jorge Infante-Llorca, were presented with their race pennant by Mr Enrique Antia, Mayor of Maldonado. The team walk away with four more bonus race points; one for the Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint and three for winning the race to the Scoring Gate.



The first-placed Qingdao team doubled its total race points by playing its Joker card; a tactical mechanism that doubles race points but can only be activated for one race in the entire circumnavigation. In addition to scoring the full 22 points, the Qingdao team gained an additional two bonus points for placing second at the Scoring Gate.



Going into the second leg of the circumnavigation, Qingdao sits at the top of the overall leaderboard with a significant lead. Punta del Este and Visit Sanya, China are jostling for the other two podium spots and are closely followed by Dare To Lead.


Clipper Race Host Port Partner, Yacht Club Punta del Este, has a wide range of activities for the crew to enjoy during their stopover. Tango dancing, asado (a Uruguayan BBQ), a wine tasting with Team Supporter Garzon and a tour of the sights of the city. A Sanya city promotion event will be held during the stopover to showcase the unique charm of Sanya being a popular tropical resort.