The “Qingdao” team powered to victory in Race 2 of the Clipper 2019-20 Round-the-World Yacht Race after a 26-day dash from Portugal to Uruguay that spanned over 5,000 nautical miles. The “Visit Sanya, China” team, led by Scottish Skipper Seumas Kellock, crossed the finish line at 20:10:55 UTC (17:10:55 local Uruguayan time) on October 11th, 2019, claiming second place.



Although the current gap between the teams is just two nautical miles, “Visit Sanya, China” has dropped into second place. Skipper Seumas Kellock reported: “We continued to battle with light wind just as we had done all night. It is very frustrating when there is only a wee bit of wind but even worse when it’s not coming from a direction you can use to your full advantage. Still we soldiered on and at some point just after sunrise our good friends Qingdao appeared on the horizon.”




Dubbed the St Tropez of South America, Punta del Este is one of the continent’s most fashionable resorts and its prime location at the mouth of the River Plate and the Atlantic Ocean makes it the perfect destination for sailing at every level. 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.




All eleven Clipper 2019-20 Race fleets will be berthed at Punta del Este until the start of Leg Two of the race. Leg Two is the South Atlantic Challenge Leg, which will set sail on October 23rd, 2019.




Two Sanya Ambassadors, Ye Yun and Zhang Minghao, will serve as the Sanya representatives on Leg Two. The whole fleet is expected to arrive in Cape Town, South Africa after two weeks of sailing.