Deal with see Chinese resort take part in Gosport-based Clipper race

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A DEAL has been agreed for Chinese holiday resort Sanya to be a host port and sponsor for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Founder of the race, based in Gosport, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston met with mayor of the city Wu Yanjun at a ceremony last week where the contract was signed.

A yacht named Sanya will carry its international team to sail in the next two races where it will also have a port.

Sir Robin, who lives in Old Portsmouth, said: ‘I am very pleased to welcome Sanya. This is a beautiful resort in the south of China, with excellent marina facilities and a strong sailing heritage.’