Organiser issues statement
The round-the-world Clipper Race has cancelled a call at Qingdao which was a visit planned as part of the 2019-20 race. Qingdao has been the biggest supporter of the global Clipper Race series over a number of years and as such there has been a regular call there.
In a statement, organisers Clipper Ventures said: “Since the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Clipper Race and Qingdao Organising Committee have been working together to monitor the situation as it has developed. With the outbreak continuing to develop across the globe, the situation remains complex. For the safety of the Clipper Race Crew, supporters, staff and all-related parties, after extensive discussion and careful evaluation, the Clipper Race and Qingdao Organising Committee have jointly confirmed that the upcoming Qingdao stopover has been cancelled and the race will not stop in Qingdao this edition.”
“The Clipper 2019-20 Race route has been amended to take into account this decision,” the statement added. “The Race Office has had to take into consideration the outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Japan and South Korea. Due to the limited options of alternative ports in Asia at this time, the decision has been made to make Subic Bay the Leg 6 departure port for Races 9 and 10.”