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28 June 2019

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has today announced WTC Logistics will be its Logistics Partner. And it has been revealed the British company will also be a Team Partner for the 2019-20 edition of the global ocean adventure with Skipper Mark Burkes confirmed to lead the WTC Logistics entry. 

WTC Logistics, who has offices across the UK, USA and China, is a forward-thinking Import and Export Consolidator and Full-Load Carrier, who operates via air, sea and road. 

For its inaugural campaign with the Clipper Race, WTC Logistics will manage the complex worldwide shipping of the equipment and materials needed to support the fleet of eleven ocean racing yachts to more than 14 host ports across six different continents.

Operations Director Anthony Clarke said: “WTC Logistics is very proud to have been chosen as the appointed logistics provider to such an iconic and prestigious event as the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

“Working with the Clipper Race enables us to showcase our in depth knowledge and expertise as one of the leading project management logistics companies. And it will allow us to utilise our 20 offices and worldwide partners to deliver such a historic race. We are excited with this new challenge in our WTC history and are looking forward to working with the Clipper Race team and global partners in what will be another exciting chapter in the lives of all taking part in this inspiring event. To dream is to do.”

British yachtsman, Mark Burkes, 54 from Worcester, will skipper the WTC Logistics team during the 40,000 nautical mile, eleven month race.

Throughout his 17 year professional sailing career, Mark has skippered a team in Bluewater Classic events, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and Fastnet, and has crossed all the world’s oceans more than once. After serving as a relief Skipper in the Clipper 2013-14 Race, Mark has been working towards the goal of leading a team for the entire circumnavigation.

On leading the WTC Logistics team, Mark says,  “I am very excited to work with WTC Logistics, a Team Partner whose business is all about making things happen all over the world. I can’t wait to see our boat be branded. It’s going to look fantastic and the crew will be proud to represent WTC Logistics as we race around the globe.  Our team values very much align with our Partner’s values. We too will continually make small improvements to increase our performance and teamwork is at our core. 

Regarded as one of the toughest challenges on the planet, the Clipper Race is the only event which trains everyday people to make six ocean crossings, covering six continents, testing them to their absolute limit. Founded in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who in April this year celebrated 50 years since becoming the first person to sail solo and non-stop around the world, it is the only event of its kind for non-professional sailors.

Taking almost a year to complete, the Clipper Race consists of eleven teams, each made up of a professional Skipper and Mate, and a crew who come from all over the globe and many different walks of life.  Teams will compete against each other as they make six ocean crossings during the 40,000 nautical mile race around the world. 

To assist the crew in this incredible achievement, WTC Logistics will ensure that the four containers, packed with supplies, tools, and equipment, reach each of the stopovers ahead of the fleets arrival. A race in itself, the year-long movement of the containers to destinations in six different continents would not be possible without WTC Logistics’ extensive knowledge in project, supply chain management and its hands-on management structure.

Starting from London’s historic St. Katharine Docks on September 1, the Clipper 2019-20 Race route will see the teams race from the UK, across the Atlantic to Punta del Este, Uruguay, in South America; the South Atlantic to Cape Town, South Africa; across the Roaring Forties in the Southern Ocean to Fremantle, Western Australia; around to the Whitsundays in East Australia, back into the Northern Hemisphere to China where teams will race to Qingdao, via Sanya and Zhuhai; across the mighty North Pacific to West Coast USA; to East Coast USA via the famous Panama Canal; and then it’s a final Atlantic crossing; before arriving back to the UK as fully proven ocean racers.