Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik ZKG

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet close in on Qingdao

by Clipper Ventures on 9 Mar 2014
Race 9.1 Day 6 - Wind eases off with Qingdao in sight - Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 the wind has abated slightly and the waves have decreased marginally, providing a little respite to the crews as they close in on Qingdao.

The wind has freed off a little more to the north from the north east and forecasts predict that it will veer back round to the north east again soon to give pack leaders GREAT Britain, Derry~Londonderry~Doire and Mission Performance a better angle towards the finish line.

GREAT Britain has sailed into a patch of light wind and is currently only making 3.8 knots.

Simon Talbot, skipper of GREAT Britain, said his team had been working really hard to rinse every last ounce out of the dying wind to get past the virtual mark before it shuts down completely and leaves them at the mercy of the current.

'I am pleased to say we have just passed it, which means the next waypoint off the course is now the finish line which lies a tantalisingly close 171 miles away!'

Derry~Londonderry~Doire skipper Sean McCarter said: 'All good things must come to an end though and it seems that the Yellow Sea is running out of wind for the moment. Not only that but the new breeze is forecast to fill in from the north-west which means that after a few hours of bobbing around, we'll be back to slow upwind sailing. Nevertheless, we have blown the cobwebs off our medium weight spinnaker, re-read the instruction manual on how to use it and are currently milking the last few miles out of this breeze.'

For the yachts in the middle of the pack, progress is still painfully slow. Eric Holden, skipper of Henri Lloyd, said: 'While we've seen some of the other yachts get some nice lifts, we have found none ourselves and continue on the same poor headings as the past several days.

Unfortunately it looks like this slow steady slog will continue for the foreseeable future.'

Meanwhile, Jamaica Get All right has made a short pit-stop in Taiwan as it motor sails to Qingdao following a decision to cease racing due to forestay safety concerns.

Today is International Women’s Day. Read some of the stories of the global women of the race here, including Vicky Song, the first Chinese woman to circumnavigate the globe, taking part in the race on board Qingdao.

POSITION / TEAM

DTL

1

GREAT Britain

0NM

2

Derry~Londonderry~Doire

19NM

3

Mission Performance

36NM

4

Invest Africa

178NM

5

Team Garmin

321NM

6

Switzerland

324NM

7

Qingdao

329NM

8

Henri Lloyd

382NM

9

Old Pulteney

423NM

10

One DLL

476NM

11

PSP Logistics

695NM

12

Jamaica Get All Right

545NM

Related Articles

Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
The Road to Rio now 99 days short
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for many crews: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.' Whoops wrong movie.
Posted on 28 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
Volvo Ocean Race appoints stadium racing pioneer as new CEO
Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Today his appointment has been confirmed.
Posted on 31 Mar
Large spectator fleet heading north for boat watching season
I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase, but it is insanely apt and hilarious all at the same time, however. I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase. It is insanely apt and hilarious, all at the same time, however. Well then, boat watching season is definitely upon us once more. The whales will soon be gathering again off the coast of Queensland to observe all manner of racing and cruising craft as they head North for a Winter in the sun.
Posted on 29 Mar
Laser creator Ian Bruce passes away (1933 - 2016)
Ian Bruce, driving force behind the Laser dinghy, sadly passed away at his daughter's home on Monday March 21 2016. Ian Bruce, driving force behind the Laser dinghy, sadly passed away at his daughter's home on Monday March 21 2016. His legacy to our sport, Canadian sailing and his beloved Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club will be praised and honoured for years to come.
Posted on 24 Mar
Rio 2016 - Kiwi women sailors jump to escape Olympic Selectors' axe
Two New Zealand sailors will head overseas on self-funded campaigns to gain selection in the New Zealand Olympic team Two New Zealand women sailors will head overseas on self-funded campaigns to gain selection in the New Zealand Olympic team in what is expected to be the final round of announcements.
Posted on 18 Mar
Barz Optics - Melanin LensesBakewell-White Yacht DesignNorth Technology - Southern Spars