Another day another country
Team Finland Enters The Clipper 09-10 Round The World Yacht Race
Finland has been confirmed as an entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, a debut for the Scandinavian country in the biennial event. The yacht, named Team Finland, will compete against nine identical stripped down 68-foot racing yachts in the 35,000 mile race around the world.
Endorsed by the Finnish Tourist Board, the country’s entry will act as a floating billboard during the course of the ten month race, promoting the region as a tourist destination and reaching an audience of more than 200 million.
“We at the Finnish Tourist Board are extremely happy to have one yacht named after our country and company,” said Jaakko Lehtonen, Director General of the Finnish Tourist Board. “Boat racing enthusiasts all over the world will have the chance to view the race and find their way to the mouth watering attractions of Finland readily at hand via the web ( www.visitfinland.com ).
Each of the teams is led by a professional skipper and taking charge of Team Finland is Eero Lehtinen from Helsinki.
“I am thrilled about the news to be carrying Finland’s blue and white colours on our mainsail and hull around the world!” exclaimed the 45-year-old skipper.
“Having lived abroad for the last eight years, this is like a homecoming for me. Representing my home country in my third race around the world is a huge honour,” he added.