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California State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has thrown his support behind America’s first west coast entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. The race organisers 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.”
On 13 September 2009 the Clipper fleet will set sail from the Humber in the north east of England returning on 3 July 2010 after ten months of ocean racing and 14 port stopovers. The only round the world yacht race for non-professional sailors brings together crews from all walks of life and different nationalities who are joined by the desire to take on the challenge of a lifetime and represent their countries on a global stage.