VIDEO: Tasman Test Wrap
Published on December 22nd, 2017
Race 4: The Clipper Telemed+ Tasman Test was one of the most thrilling stages so far in the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race. Highlight video published on Dec 22, 2017.
With Sanya Serenity Coast claiming the victory, it was a hometown win for Skipper Wendy Tuck, a female one-two with Visit Seattle and Nikki Henderson in second. It was very close throughout the whole fleet, the battle for eighth place was so tight it was declared a tie.
The second of the three stages that comprise the All-Australian Leg will see the fleet compete in the iconic Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, which begins on Boxing Day (December 26) 2017. This will be the third time that the Clipper 70s have joined this blue water classic with its spectacular start in view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the fleet will have already covered over 17,000 of the race’s 40,000 nautical mile route since Race Start in Liverpool on August 20.
The fourth stage of the Clipper 2017-18 Race, officially known as Race 4: The Clipper Telemed+ Tasman Test, includes three races along the Australian coast. The 11 teams will race from Fremantle to Sydney, Sydney to Hobart, and Hobart to Airlie Beach in the heart of the picturesque Whitsunday Islands.
The first of three races started December 2 for the 2500nm course from Fremantle to Sydney.
The All-Australian Leg is the fourth of eight legs that make up the 40,000-nautical mile, eleven-month Clipper 2017-18 Race.
Background: Held biennially, the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race got underway August 20 for the fleet of twelve* identical Tony Castro designed Clipper 70s. The 40,000nm course is divided into 13 individual races with the team having the best cumulative score winning the Clipper Race Trophy. Each team is led by a professional skipper with an all-amateur crew that signs up for one, some, or all the races. The 2017-18 race, expected to take 11 months, has attracted 712 people representing 41 nationalities, making it the largest to date.
* Twelve teams began the first leg but one yacht (Greenings) ran aground just hours after the start on October 31 of the third leg from Cape Town, South Africa to Fremantle, Australia. The crew was safely evacuated but damage to the boat was deemed too extensive for it to continue in the 2017-18 edition.
Source: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race