Clippers arrive in Whitsundays

Clippers arrive in Whitsundays

The first of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet arrived in the Whitsundays on Tuesday.

Skippered by 24-year-old Brit Nikki Henderson, Visit Seattle crossed the finish line off the coast of Airlie Beach at 15:05:36 local time, completing the 1,600 nautical mile sprint from Hobart to the Whitsundays in 11 days.

The Visit Seattle team had to work hard for the win. The eleventh and final morning at sea saw them off the coast of Mackay and just 5 nautical miles ahead of the second-placed PSP Logistics.

The Clipper Race crews, their families and friends, will now enjoy a two-week break, with the Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival providing a raft of exciting events right across the region.