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THE Gosport-based founder of the Clipper round-the-world yacht race has been made an honorary ambassador for Qingdao Sailing Sport.

The award was made this week by the Chinese Olympic sailing venue to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, following the departure of the Clipper 11-12 Race fleet from Qingdao for the notoriously challenging Pacific Ocean leg.

‘In the eight years I have known this great city of Qingdao I have watched its energetic development and the professionalism with which it created a first-class Olympic Sailing Regatta,’ said Sir Robin in accepting the honorary role.

‘It has been an immense pleasure for me to bring the Clipper Race to this city four times and I look forward to the next two races coming here when Clipper Ventures will continue to grow, copying the expansion of this outstanding city,’ he added.

This is the fourth time the biennial race has visited Qingdao and the city has recently committed to extend its relationship for two further editions of the Clipper Race, through to the year 2016.