Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival 2018

Got plans to visit the Whitsundays this summer? If you’re coming in January and you’re a fan of sailing, you’re in luck because one of the biggest sailing extravaganzas in the country will be held during this time.

From the 13th to the 29th of January, 2018, the Whitsundays will serve as the host port of the Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival 2017, attracting spectators, visitors, and yachting enthusiasts from across Australia and all around the world.

What’s It All About?

The Clipper Race Carnival is a two-week-long celebration of vibrant regional events and activities designed to showcase the natural beauty of the Whitsundays. Organisers hope that this event will help cement Queensland as one of the premier destinations for yachting and sailing not only in Australia, but the rest of the world too

Kate Jones, Queensland’s Minister for Tourism and Major Events, said the carnival is a significant addition to the state’s world-class event’s calendar. She is quite confident that when visitors arrive in the Whitsundays in January, they will certainly love what they will see.  “It will be a great way for us to showcase the Whitsundays lifestyle and reaffirm the region’s reputation as one of the world’s premier sailing destinations,” she added.

What Events Are On?

Indeed, the Clipper Race Carnival is the Whitsundays sailing event to watch out for. As part of the event, 12 identical 70-foot ocean racing yachts and their skippers, crew, and supporters will gather at Airlie Beach for the final stop of the Australian leg of the race.  Following the race, a series of events and celebrations will be held for everyone. Below are the notable events you can participate in and you can book tickets here.

Community Welcome Event (January 19)

To be held along the foreshore of Airlie Beach, the event will feature live music, great food, night markets, firework displays, and an introduction to the Clipper Crews. Entry is free, and everyone is encouraged to attend so be sure to check it out.

White on Whitehaven Long Lunch (January 20)

Head over to the iconic Whitehaven to enjoy a seafood feast you’ve never seen before and a glass (or two) of champagne. This is certainly a must-try for foodies out there.

Progressive Lunch (January 21)

The Progressive Lunch is another must-check-out, whether you’re a foodie or just someone who wants to know where to get great food. Perfect for people of all ages, it showcases some of the region’s finest venues, taking you to Hemingway’s Restaurant as well as a handpicked selection of local resorts and restaurants. Make a booking here.

Rodeo by the Reef (January 27)

Live music, delicious BBQ, thrilling bull rides—you can find these and more at the Rodeo by the Reef. If you are a fan of all things country, be sure to visit Bowen on the 27th.  Make a booking here.

Open Boat Days (January 19-21, 25-27)

If you want to see the Clipper fleet, it will be open for public viewing at Abell Point Marina on these dates. You can also head over to Clipperdome to enjoy a range of interactive displays that will tell you everything you need to know about the Clipper Round World Yacht Race.

Parade of Sails (January 29)

Taking place in Pioneer Bay, this marks the send-off for the fleet as they depart for the Asia leg of the race.

If you want to experience the Whitsundays in style, why don’t you consider chartering a yacht with Queensland Yacht Charters? Contact our friendly team today to start your Whitsundays sailing adventure.

Are you ready to charter a boat? No license required.

No license is required for a Yacht Charter in the Whitsundays, unlike other locations worldwide. We offer a brief training session before you head out, for either sailing or powered yachts.