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Article published 02/07/2024

The Clipper Race (one of the world's toughest sailing races) is making waves towards Scotland for the first time ever, as part of its Atlantic Homecoming leg. The race left Washington DC, in the United States and is on route to Oban.

The race involves eleven 70ft racing yachts which are competing in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, considered one of the world's toughest and most rewarding endurance challenges.

The challenge will follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest Scottish sailing pioneers, across the North Atlantic. Departing from Washington DC, the penultimate Atlantic Homecoming Leg of the thrilling round the world adventure, marks a historic moment for the Clipper Race as it stops in Scotland for the first time in its 27-year history from 12 to 21 July 2024. 

Oban. Oban’s name derives from the Gaelic language and means ‘little bay’. Credit: VisitScotland

Setting sail to boost the local economy

To celebrate, the race’s first ever Scottish hosts have revealed that the crews will be welcomed with an exclusive programme of unique events set to make the Scotland stopover a global highlight for the adventurers on the record-breaking 40,000 nautical mile challenge.

The Clipper Race has boosted economies of previous Host Ports around the world by millions of pounds. It's arrival in the town of Oban, reflects the country’s world-class sailing and boating offering which is estimated to contribute £84 million to the Scottish economy annually.

Often referred to as the Gateway to the Isles or Seafood Capital of Scotland, Oban will welcome over 200 international Clipper Race crew aged 18 to 70+ from across the world and walks of life, to experience Scotland - some for the first time. 

The programme of events and activities will showcase some of the best of Scottish food, drink, sport and culture. From playing shinty and speaking Gaelic, to discovering the finest Scottish food and drink, a tour of Oban Distillery, experiencing ceilidh dancing and traditional music and more, the Clipper Race crew are sure to experience Scotland during their stop-over.

Festival of the Sea

Supported by Argyll and Bute Council, Bid4Oban, the Scottish Towns Partnership, the Argyll and Isles Tourism Cooperative, Food from Argyll, Business Gateway and EventScotland, visitors and locals alike can also enjoy Oban’s Festival of the Sea from 12 to 21 July.

This one-off festival, marking the historic arrival of the Clipper Race, will feature a series of musical, cultural, nautical and sporting events and festivities providing thousands of expected visitors with incredible lifelong memories. Some visitors will be able to experience a unique behind the scenes tour of a Clipper 70 Racing Yacht above and below the deck.

Track the race progress towards Scotland

Did you know you can follow the yacht's journey towards Scotland? Get ready to welcome the crew and follow their progress

To find out more about the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race’s first stop in Scotland, take a look at Oban's website. 

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