Clipper Round the World Race fleet battle in tough sailing conditions

Race 13, Nova Scotia - Derry-Londonderry Day 8 - Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011-12
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day eight of race thirteen from Nova Scotia to Derry-Londonderry. It has been another 24 hours of tough upwind sailing for the ten strong fleet of racing yachts. As the teams continue to fight it out in the toughest of sailing conditions brought on by a tropical storm in the Atlantic Ocean, nothing could dampen the team’s determination to win valuable extra points at the Race 13 Scoring Gate.

Visit Finland, which is currently in second place on the overall leader board, was the third entry to reach the optional Scoring Gate yesterday to win the final point up for grabs.

As the remnants of tropical storm ‘Chris’ continue to dictate challenging upwind sailing conditions for most of the fleet, tactical decisions are never far from the teams’ minds. At 11.55 UTC yesterday Singapore entered into Stealth Mode, desperately chasing De Lage Landen for third place on the overall leader board.

For sixth placed Northern Ireland entry Derry-Londonderry skipper Mark Light described the harsh conditions, 'Last night was more about survival and self-preservation but today our focus is firmly back with racing and this is definitely a team game. The North Atlantic Ocean is an unforgiving place and not for the faint hearted. Looking at the weather ahead of us and the sheer amount of upwind sailing expected, I have made it clear to my crew that there will be further tough times ahead.'

Qingdao reached St John’s Newfoundland this morning so that crew member Lynn Harmer can receive a full medical assessment for a potential back injury. Lynn fell in heavy weather earlier this week and hit her head. After consulting with Falmouth, US and Canadian coastguards the skipper was recommended to divert to St John’s for a full medical assessment as a precautionary measure in case of spinal injury.

We have just heard that Lynn has no broken bones or nerve damage and is fit to continue. The crew will take the opportunity to top up the yacht's fuel tanks and leave St John's to resume racing as soon as possible this morning.

Today the fleet will be celebrating the ‘Summer Sailstice' - not to be confused with the solstice earlier this week. Summer Sailstice is a global celebration of sailing and is held on the weekend closest to the summer solstice, the longest day to be on the water! Over 17,000 sailors’ participated last year from more than 40 countries, all connected in the global celebration of sailing which was established 12 years ago.

For more information please visit the Summer Sailstice website.

Latest boat positions (0900 UTC)
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Welcome to Yorkshire

1045 NM

0 NM


Geraldton Western Australia

1105 NM

60 NM


Gold Coast Australia

1115 NM

70 NM


Visit Finland

1183 NM

138 NM



1241 NM

196 NM (Stealth Mode: position at 11.55 UTC 22 June 2012) 



1259 NM

214 NM


Edinburgh Inspiring Capital

1314 NM

269 NM


New York

1364 NM

319 NM


De Lage Landen

1488 NM

444 NM



1749 NM

703 NM

Full positions are updated every three hours and can be found online along with daily skipper reports.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race website