Clipper Race: Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms
Published on October 7th, 2015
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (October 7, 2015) – The second race in the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race series, The Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms, started off the Brazilian coast today for its 3,417 nautical mile voyage to Cape Town, South Africa.
Teams departed in glorious sunshine and 28’C temperatures today from the Rio 2016 Olympic sailing venue, Marina da Gloria. After parading out of Guanabara Bay and past the stunning backdrop of Sugarloaf Mountain, they reached the picturesque beachfront at Copacabana where the Start Line was located, although moved around half a mile further offshore at the request of local authorities today.
Commenting from his start line position on the Committee Boat, Deputy Race Director Mark Light said: “The visibility was good for the race start with teams experiencing 22 knots True Wind Easterly (Force 5 to 6) with a moderate sea state and perfect blue skies.
“Derry~Londonderry~Doire crossed the start line off Copacabana Beach first ahead of Visit Seattle which were closely followed by ClipperTelemed+. Two boats, Unicef and Da Nang-Viet Nam, both started On Course Side (OCS) meaning that they were the wrong side of the line during the final minute before race start. However teams exonerated themselves by coming back around either end of the line before re-crossing (race rules state teams are not allowed to cross the start line from the wrong side of the course and then re-cross the line to start racing) so no penalties apply.”
As at 1900 UTC, Mission Performance is in the lead with Visit Seattle and Derry~Londonderry~Doire just 0.2 miles behind. The rest of the fleet is within two nautical miles of each other at this early stage.
Just ahead of the race start Darren Ladd, Skipper of South African sponsored team IchorCoal, said: “This being effectively our homecoming leg we really want to do well in the Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms. I love South Africa and Cape Town so am definitely excited to go back. Two years ago when the Clipper Race had a stopover in Cape Town I actually came down to see the boats coming in and then spent seven months there teaching sailing. So I know Cape Town well and Langabaan just further north.
“During Race 1 from London to Rio our attitude changed entirely. We got stuck in the Ushant Doldrums at the beginning and we were drifting backwards, falling into last place and all those sorts of things. We looked at each other and said winning isn’t everything but coming last isn’t what we want to do. It turns out we are really quite competitive so we’re all looking to build on our last performance.”
LMAX Exchange and Qingdao are anticipated to start racing on Sunday 11 October after repairs are completed following LMAX Exchange running aground while being delivered to another marina and Qingdao getting into difficulties while offering assistance.
The Clipper Race fleet is due into Cape Town, between 21-25 October and will be berthed at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront until 31 October.
Following Race 1, the Overall Clipper 2015-16 Race Standings are as follows:
LMAX EXCHANGE 15 points (12 + 3 Scoring Gate points)
GREAT Britain 12 points (10 + 2 Scoring Gate points)
QINGDAO 11 points
DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE 10 points (9 + 1 Scoring Gate bonus points)
GARMIN 8 points
ICHORCOAL 7 points
CLIPPER TELEMED+ 6 points
VISIT SEATTLE 5 points
MISSION PERFORMANCE 5 points (3 + 2 Ocean Sprint bonus points)
PSP LOGISTICS 4 points
DA NANG – VIET NAM 2 points
UNICEF 1 point
Report by event media.
Background: The 40,000 mile Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race began in London, UK on August 30 for the fleet of twelve identical Tony Castro designed Clipper 70s. The series is divided into 16 individual races, with the team with the best cumulative score winning the Clipper Race Trophy. Each team is led by a professional skipper with an all-amateur crew.
The second leg on October 7 takes the fleet 3932 miles from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town, South Africa.
The ports along the race route are Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Cape Town, South Africa; Albany, Sydney, Hobart and Airlie Beach, Australia; Da Nang, Vietnam; Qingdao, China; Seattle, USA; Panama; New York, USA; Derry-Londonderry, Ireland; and Den Helder, Netherlands before returning to London by late July.