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Clipper Ventures to set up Sydney base

UK-based international marine events company Clipper Ventures will launch an Australian division based in Sydney as its first stage of a global expansion plan.

The new base will mean two out of the three stages of Clipper Race training will be on offer in the country, removing the need to travel to the UK for courses. The whole Clipper 2013/14 Race fleet will debut in the classic Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race at the end of the year.

Sydney-based Kirsty Whyte will lead the new division as managing director having worked in the Australian business and finance sector for the past 15 years. Jim Dobie, a dual citizen of the UK and Australia, is currently senior training skipper for Clipper Ventures in the UK and will take up the same role in Australia.

Clipper Ventures CEO William Ward said: “Our first international division is a highly exciting development and will be a significant asset for Clipper Ventures. Our relationship with Australia and the southern hemisphere has strengthened steadily and we have major future growth plans for the region.

“Clipper Ventures Australia will utilise its new training and recruitment facilities to double national crew recruitment in the 2015/16 edition of the Clipper Race and beyond; in addition it will identify and generate new sponsorship and business opportunities within Asia-Pacific.”