MANILA, Philippines — Organizers and skippers for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race have begun arriving at Clark International Airport ahead of the race’s restart in March.
Strict measures are in place to ensure compliance with health standards and IATF requirements.
The Clipper Round the World race is one of the most prestigious yacht races in the world, covering 40,000 nautical miles. It has been held every two years since 1996, but the 2019-20 iteration was suspended in March 2020, with teams returning to their home countries as the Philippines closed its borders during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. .
The yachts have remained moored at the Subic Bay Yacht Club ever since.
Bi Yong Chungunco, CEO of Luzon International Premiere Airport Development Corporation (LIPAD), which operates Clark International Airport, welcomed the teams to the Philippines.
“We welcome the organizers and runners of the Clipper Race to Clark as we offer them the very best in their goals to complete the long awaited race,” said Chungunco.
“Their arrival is a testament to Clark’s role as the gateway to Luzon, serving northern and central Luzon destinations like Subic. We look forward to making Philippine destinations more accessible as we open up to leisure travelers. in accordance with the protocols established by our authorities,” he added.
The restart of the race was made possible after the Ministry of Tourism announced the reopening of the country to international travelers from 157 visa-free countries from February 10.
Race participants began arriving on February 4 for preparations for the restart of the race. All participants are fully vaccinated and will undergo testing upon arrival in the country, in accordance with IATF rules.
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