In the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race, the front runners of the twelve-strong matched fleet of 70 foot ocean racers competing will arrive in V and A Waterfront, Cape Town tomorrow (Saturday 26 October).
Fleet in action at the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
After racing nearly 4,000 miles from Rio de Janeiro the many South African crew aboard Invest Africa are closing in on the current leader Great Britain, just 30 miles ahead. The race to Cape Town will draw to a close in front of the spectacular backdrop of Table Mountain.
After a slow start to Race three of the 16 race global series, Invest Africa made a triumphant come back climbing its way up the leader board from twelfth place to second, and will be doing all it can to challenge Great Britain for first place, while keeping a close eye on Henri Lloyd which is just 10 miles behind in third position.
Skipper of Invest Africa, Rich Gould, commented in today’s log: 'As a team we are working as hard as we can to try and catch Great Britain whilst also trying to shake Henri Lloyd off our tail. With the mileage we have left between us and Cape Town a lot could still happen!
'For now it looks like we have managed to out run the ridge of high pressure that seems to be plaguing some of the fleet that are slightly further South West of us, I'm just hoping we manage to maintain this progress.'
Invest Africa crew in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
In addition to a number of South African crew, Invest Africa is also hosting the Sapinda Rainbow tag team of young people in a project supported by the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.
The first group of yachts will arrive at the V and A Waterfront from late tomorrow morning. Below are the latest estimated times of arrival for the Clipper Race fleet, please note that these are estimates based on the latest weather and the fleet’s average speeds. Weather conditions can and will change these times.
Saturday 26 October
Great Britain – Late morning
Invest Africa – Early afternoon
Henri Lloyd – Mid afternoon
OneDLL – Mid afternoon
Derry~Londonderry~Doire – Evening
Old Pulteney – Evening
Switzerland - 26 Evening
Sunday 27 October
PSP Logistics –Early AM/overnight
Team Garmin –Early AM/overnight
Jamaica Get All Right – Afternoon
Monday 28 October
Mission Performance – Early AM/overnight