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Clipper Race: Pacific Ocean leg nearly complete

Published on April 14th, 2014

(April 14, 2014) – Having conquered the mighty Pacific Ocean, the largest ocean on the planet and clocking up nearly 6,000 miles in Race 10, PSP Logistics have just under 40 miles to go until they arrive in San Francisco, USA.

Chris Hollis, skipper of PSP Logistics reflects on the last 28 days in his daily skipper report and all that he and his team have achieved:

“70 miles to go! 70 miles left and we have successfully crossed the largest ocean on earth. I don’t think that has really set in yet, and it probably won’t for a while. I guess it will happen at different times for different people too. The next time we look at a world map, and see the distance we have traveled, I think it will amaze us all.”

One of the biggest challenges the team faced was the changeable weather conditions which pushed everyone’s patience to the limit. Chris Hollis explains:

“The wind was quite erratic in terms of consistency. Weather forecast would predict a north west, and it would be north, north west backing to south west and back to north west within minutes. The strength would die away to less than 10 knots, and then be up at 30…this made it very challenging to find the right sails.”

PSP Logistics is expected to arrive into San Francisco today. Once PSP Logistics have finished the Race Office will finalise the points for Race 10 and update the overall leader board.

The latest ETAs into San Francisco will be updated here.

Report by event media

Skipper reports: http://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/skipper-reports
Race tracker: http://yb.tl/clipper2013-race10
Race website: http://www.clipperroundtheworld.com

Background:
The 40,000 mile Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race began in London, UK on September 1 for the fleet of twelve identical Tony Castro designed Clipper 70s.

Eleven teams started the 5,600 mile leg from Qingdao, China to San Francisco, USA on March 16. PSP Logistics started the leg on March 19, a result of their late arrival into China due to several setbacks.

While in San Francisco, all 12 teams will be berthed at South Beach Yacht Club until the April 19 start of Race 11 to the Panama Canal. During the Clipper Race’s stay at South Beach Yacht Club, San Francisco there will be several events open to the public.

The race route includes Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Cape Town, South Africa; Albany, Sydney, Hobart and Brisbane, Australia; Singapore; Qingdao, China; San Francisco, USA; Panama; Jamaica; New York, USA; Derry-Londonderry, Ireland; and Den Helder, Netherlands before returning to London in July.

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