04 Feb '12, 12pm

Sailing: Clipper yachts depart for Qingdao

Sailing: Clipper yachts depart for Qingdao

SINGAPORE: After a week long stop-over, the fleet taking part in the Clipper Round the World Race has departed for their next destination, Qingdao in China. And in keeping with the Lunar New Year theme, the sailors got a taste of tossing the Yu Sheng (raw fish salad), for the send-off on Saturday. The dish symbolises good fortune, something the crew of the ten boats could do with, as they navigate through the tough South China Sea. While in Singapore, the international crew soaked in the island's tourist spots, culture and cuisine. The public also got a closer look at the yachts berthed at the Marina at Keppel Bay. Team Singapore is currently in fifth position and is optimistic of a podium finish, despite the expected challenges on the way to Qingdao. Ben Bowley, the skipper of the Singapore Clipper, said: "It's going to be pretty rough, especially once we start getting up...

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