State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is supporting America’s first west coast entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. Clipper Ventures Plc announced that California will field a racing yacht in the next edition of the biennial event and host a stopover when the fleet races in from China in April 2010.
California will compete against nine other internationally sponsored ocean racing yachts in a gruelling 35,000-mile circumnavigation of the globe.
In a letter of support, Governor Schwarzenegger says,
“California is honoured to be a stop on this voyage, and especially to have one of the participating yachts named after our state. I have no doubt that California will be the best boat out there and that all the vessels will receive a warm welcome from the Golden State when they reach our shores.”
Chairman and founder of the Clipper Race, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, says,
“We’re delighted the yacht California has the backing of Governor Schwarzenegger and I am sure this campaign will ignite enthusiasm not just in the state but throughout America. Importantly this project is not just for sailors; it is about people who want to stand above their peers, release their potential, and achieve their personal goals – just the qualities Californians are renowned and respected for.”