The Bay Area has dozens of excellent programs, all listed on this site, to help you learn to sail. However, many many not realize that, every two years, the Bay Area has hosted one of the most extreme learn-to-sail platforms in the world – The Clipper Round-the-World Race. Actually it’s not a learn to sail event but truly a race and adventure in which anyone can participate – beginner to old salt. A good number of Bay Area residents have taken up the challenge to sail either round the world or specific legs of this 44,000 mile race.
Before embarking on such an adventure all Clipper Race participants are given intensive training so they’re up to speed on sailing skills and training before setting off. After that begins a lifetime of learning to sail even better!
The 2014 fleet of twelve 70′ ocean-crossing race boats will be arriving after sailing 5800 nautical miles in about 23 days from Quindao, China around mid-April. The fleet will dock at Pier 40 in San Francisco and will be worth a visit.
To read more about the event and a couple of Bay Area residents who will be crossing from Qingdao check out the latest issue of Latitude 38.
Clipper Race boats head out the Gate in the 2012 edition.