The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Makes it to Honolulu

Nate Thompson
Nate Thompson
Duggie Gillespie
Duggie Gillespie

Honolulu (KHNL) -- The first of ten yachts arrived in Ala Wai harbor Tuesday morning. The yachts are not looking to cruise in Hawaiian waters, they taking part in a race around the world.

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race lets ordinary people do extraordinary things. 400 crew with varying levels of sailing knowledge take part in the race.

Nate Thompson turned 19 during the trip.

"We started in Liverpool England. Stopped in France, Brazil, South Africa, spent Christmas in Australia which was pretty cool," he said.

Over ten months, the yachts will travel to five continents and cover 35,000 miles. During the latest stage of the race from China to Honolulu, headwinds create choppy seas, in fact the masts on two yachts snapped.

Duggie Gillespie is the New York Yacht's Skipper.

"We had everything from snow about that much of snow on the deck which is unheard of at sea," he said.

"We were having a snow ball fight about a day out of Qingdao, so appreciating the weather, it's good to be back on American soil again," Thompson said.

The 68-foot New York racing yacht has come in second place in Hawaii, and that adds to it's three first place finishes during the race."

"We either come first or we come in last and this one is the first time we haven't come in first or last, we've come in second, so second, were very very happy and pleased with second," Gillespie said.

After checking in with immigration, the crew will enjoy all the islands have to offer.

"North Shore, I would love to get on a board," Thompson said.

"I'm going to buy a tourist Hawaiian shirt and surfing on the beach," Gillespie said.

Now, here's the catch.

The mariners are racing for glory and a trophy, there is no cash prize.

40% of competitors taking part in the race have had no sailing experience.

An around the world ticket costs a cool $64,000.