Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fleet battle thick fog on day 3

2013-14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, it’s been another eventful evening for the 12-strong fleet competing in Race 1, as the fleet battle poor visibility and strong tides to maintain, and better their positions within the race.

With the fleet now crossing the English Channel, the lack of wind overnight forced many of the yachts to anchor to avoid being swept away by strong tides.

Rich Gould, skipper of Invest Africa used the light wind conditions to get his team to try and test a tricky manoeuvre, hoisting the Light Weight Spinnaker while dropping the Medium Weight Spinnaker, proving that that practice makes perfect.

'With the crew quickly briefed we attempted our first 'peel' of the race (hoisting one spinnaker inside another before dropping the outside one). Peeling can go one of two ways, get it right and its one of the coolest manoeuvres you can do on a yacht, get it wrong and you end up in one hell of a mess.

'So how did it go? Well what can I say... these guys rock! Light Weight Spinnaker up and Medium Weight Spinnaker down without a single hitch, and this was the first time we had ever attempted this as a team.'

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Skipper Reports

Sean McCarter

 

Sean McCarter

 

Simon Talbot

 

Simon Talbot

 

Eric Holden

 

Eric Holden

Rich Gould

 

Rich Gould

 

Pete Stirling

 

Pete Stirling

 

Matt Mitchell

 

Matt Mitchell

 

Patrick van der Zijden

 

Patrick van der Zijden

 

Olly Cotterell

 

Olly Cotterell

 

Chris Hollis

 

Chris Hollis

Gareth Glover

 

Gareth Glover

 

Vicky Ellis

 

Vicky Ellis

 

Damian Parnham

 

Damian Parnham

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