Clipper Race frontrunners extending their lead
Published on June 18th, 2014
(June 18, 2014) – The new wind has arrived with boat speeds picking up and the Clipper Race frontrunners extending their lead over the rest of the fleet by more than 200 miles.
The nine yachts that didn’t manage to outrun the ridge of high pressure that engulfed them are now running with their spinnakers up with the new south easterly winds.
The front three yachts, with 700 miles to the finish, are beating upwind on a north easterly course after getting as far east as they could to escape the complicated weather systems.
Derry~Londonderry~Doire has held onto its lead and has also started the Ocean Sprint section of the course. It is followed by Jamaica Get All Right and GREAT Britain in third.
PSP Logistics came out of Stealth Mode and has moved up to fifth place on the leaderboard. Skipper Chris Hollis said: “It was a pretty successful phase for us, pulling back a lot of miles and then some on the middle of the pack, which has now given us a fighting chance.
“The problem is we still need to make an easterly heading at some point. So a pretty big knock on the other tack is to be expected at some point. It is just a matter of when you do to minimise the damage of the negative tack.
“We are in company of Henri Lloyd and OneDLL who snuck over the horizon yesterday afternoon while we were on the edge of the southerly and dead zone. It is great to have them behind us for once. However,OneDLL having been wounded early on this race is on a storming comeback mission, and Henri Lloyd… Well, the leaders of the regatta are just about unstoppable at times.”
Rich Gould, skipper of Invest Africa, in tenth, said: “We were also pleased to see today, that after three days of chasing Gareth and his Qingdao team, we had finally managed to get past them, but now the hunter has become the hunted! I am certain that Qingdao will be pushing to get back ahead of us, in fact now as I type we can see them off our starboard quarter.
“The weather forecast is still a major point of focus and it’s looking like the remainder of this race is going to be upwind. With this in mind where I position the Invest Africa in the next 36 to 48 hours is going to have a big effect on what place we finish in.
“With the bitter taste of three consecutive twelfth places still lingering I am determined to make sure we are in the best possible geographical position before the wind really comes on to the nose.”
Report by event media.
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Race website: http://www.clipperroundtheworld.com
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.
The 12 teams began Race 14, the 2850 mile leg from New York City to Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on June 7. The fleet is estimated to arrive by June 21.
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 on July 12.