sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Clipper Race - Tension builds as the fleet enters the Pentland Firth
Clipper Race - Tension builds as the fleet enters the Pentland Firth

'Race 15, day 3 - Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14'    Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race

In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, with less than 50 miles now separating the entire fleet, race 15, the OneDLL cup looks set to be one of the most contested races so far as the teams enter the notorious stretch of water known as the Pentland Firth.

The Pentland Firth separates the most northerly tip of Scotland and the Orkney Islands and is renowned for its tidal conditions; if mistimed it can leave even the most seasoned sailor going backwards or leave them with no choice but to anchor.

The timing of the crossing for the top half of the fleet couldn’t be worse as OneDLL, Henri Lloyd, Switzerland, Great Britain, Old Pulteney and Derry~Londonderry~Doire all face the frustrating adverse current. Skipper of Switzerland, Vicky Ellis, who has crossed this notorious stretch of water many times, explains the less than ideal conditions:

'Normally when I do this passage I've carefully worked out the best times to transit this infamous stretch of water between the Orkneys and Scotland. The tides here run at up to 12 knots so with the wrong tides and an opposing wind direction huge standing waves can be established, in addition to the line of breaking over-falls and whirlpools. Put it this way, had I planned this passage I wouldn't choose to be here now, but that is racing – wish us luck!'

Meanwhile, the back of the fleet seem to have timed the crossing perfectly as Mission performance, Invest Africa, Qingdao and Jamaica Get All Right, look set for a faster passage and a favourable tide. Skipper of Invest Africa, Rich Gould explains the tactical crossing:

'We are currently about 25 miles out of Pentland Firth, the huge tidal gate between the mainland and the Orkney's. The tide can run, in places, at double figures through here! Everything looks good for us managing to shoot the gap on a fair tide so we are expecting our speed over ground to dramatically increase in the next few hours. Once through we are in to the North Sea and will be laying a course for the finish line, and Holland!'

Race Director, Justin Taylor, commented on the challenging conditions the fleet face during the remainder of Race 15, to Den Helder, The Netherlands.

'It seems that the front runners were a little early and ran into a couple of hours of westerly going foul tide this morning until it switched to a fair tide. This is what we term a tidal gate and with the tide running up to nine knots, it is important to time the passage just right to maximise the benefits of a good tide. Although the final three yachts did not plan to be in the positions they are in right now they will at least benefit from a fair tide which will last until 14:30 UTC today.

'The rest of the race will be dominated by the low pressure system muscling in from the north-west which will shoulder the high pressure ridge currently over the UK out of the picture. This will bring strong south westerly breeze over the entire North Sea. Hopefully the wind will not back too far to the south as this will mean the yachts will have to tack all the way to Den Helder instead of just being hard on the wind and making it on the current tack.'

While the fleet continues to make progress to Den Helder, The Netherlands, the teams passed the town of Wick this morning, hometown of the only Scottish entry, Old Pulteney and its distillery. The fleet is expected to arrive in Den Helder from Friday 4 July.

Standings


 

Position - Team

 

 

 

DTL

 

 

Henri Lloyd

0NM

Great Britain

0NM

Old Pulteney

2NM

Switzerland

3NM

One DLL

3NM

Team Garmin

4NM

Derry~Londonderry~Doire

6NM

PSP Logistics

7NM

Mission Performance

14NM

Jamaica Get All Right

27NM

Qingdao

37NM

Invest Africa

38NM



Event website


by Clipper Ventures


  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=123977

12:37 PM Wed 2 Jul 2014GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2013 - 14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Related News Stories:

30 Jun 2014  Clipper Round The World - Teams face light winds and strong tides
30 Jun 2014  Clipper Round The World - Simply LegenDerry!
23 Jun 2014  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Closely fought battle in Race 14
22 Jun 2014  Clipper Race - Derry~ Londonderry~Doire hanging on to its lead
21 Jun 2014  The Clipper Race - Derry~Londonderry~ Doire regains the lead
20 Jun 2014  Clipper Round the World - Skippers examine weather routing info
19 Jun 2014  Clipper Round The World Yacht Race - Battle to break home port curse
18 Jun 2014  Clipper Race - Boat speeds improve as fleet sails out of high pressure
17 Jun 2014  Clipper Race 2013-14 - High pressure system engulfs majority of fleet
16 Jun 2014  Clipper Race - Skippers analyse complex weather forecasts
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World





Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,




























470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard by 470 International Association Class,


































AWT Hatteras Wave Jam action commences on day 3
Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from San Francisco - Final Day
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here
Hobie 16 Open North American Championships and Pan Am Games qualifier
ISAF Sailing World Championship - Videos from Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds: Buckingham into Medal Race, 470's stay consistent
470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Defending champion on top
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years
America’s Cup: The Future is foiling – AC45s to be modified
Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt
Red Bull 49erFX: On the eve of the Worlds in Santander
America's Cup: Ben Ainslie Racing launches partnership with Yamaha   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Starts tomorrow   
Rio 2016 Daylight the issue for Olympic sailing regatta   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - USA 470's and Lasers battle at top   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 5 video highlights   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander images by Jesús Renedo   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - No action on day 2   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification   
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Finns off to slow start in Santander   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Seesaw Day 5 in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - 470 sailors shine in Santander   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Kiwi Ray Davies returns to TP52 fleet   
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - No windsurfing action on day 1   
A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Prizegiving images by Chuck Lantz   
ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video   
18ft skiffs: Carnage compilation from the glory days of the Grand Prix   
ISAF Worlds: Video from the British Sailing Team   
Bart's Bash expected to set new records this weekend   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Marcilio Browne wins Super Session   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT