sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Clipper Round the World Race - Geraldton take final Scoring Gate point
Clipper Round the World Race - Geraldton take final Scoring Gate point

'Geraldton Western Australia - Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race.'    Bruce Sutherland/onEdition

Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on the fifteenth day of race nine from Qingdao to Oakland, California. Never underestimate the competitiveness of ocean racing. In the last 24 hours two more teams decided to race for the final point to the Scoring Gate, seeing Geraldton Western Australia moving up to fifth place in the overall leader board.

After crossing the Scoring Gate at 03:08.12 UTC today, Geraldton Western Australia’s skipper Juan Coetzer says, 'It’s one point, but it could make the world of difference in the final stages of the race. We may have lost out on positions on the race nine leader board for now, but there are some 3,000 miles still to go, and there is still all to play for.

'We celebrated our little crossing with a bacon fry up. Our next task is to make the most out of this weather front coming in, and its coming quickly, with the barometer dropping a bar every hour.'

Right behind them, was Visit Finland who lost out on bonus points, as they passed the gate in fourth place. They are now preparing for more rough conditions awaiting in the mighty Pacific Ocean.

Skipper Olly Osborne says, 'We are expecting another good battering as a cold front approaches from the west giving us gusty and unpredictable winds. So once again we have set our storm trysail as the weather builds to ensure we don't get caught out and damage our main. Setting the trysail is no mean feat in these conditions as it involves climbing the mast steps and dragging down the small amount of mainsail still flying whilst it is flogging violently.

'Then the boom is lowered and the folds of sail have to be lashed down before we can wrestle the small plastic sliders into the trysail track and hoist it. All this is done whilst being pelted continuously with sea water and without speaking as we are not able to hear each other anyway. But it is always good to have it done, and we know now that we can cope with whatever comes our way during the night.'

Following their Scoring Gate win on Saturday, the Gold Coast Australia team has seen a spur of incidents including an injury to crew member Wayne Reed. The Queenslander is suffering from a suspected broken right ankle, attained during a Yankee sheet change on Saturday.

Wayne is in a stable condition, good spirits and well looked after by fellow crew members that include two nurses and a physiotherapist. Given there is more than 1,000 miles to the nearest shore and that he is not in any immediate danger, Gold Coast Australia will continue racing. However, they will of course monitor Wayne’s condition and are in on-going contact with the Race Office.

Besides looking after Wayne, on board the Australian entry, they’ve spent the last 24 hours looking after the boat.

Skipper Richard Hewson says, 'With the wind abating this morning and remaining under 15 knots it enabled a few members of Gold Coast Australia to climb the mast and inspect the track. There was no way of straightening the existing track, so today we have spent problem solving working out ideas to re-set the mainsail.

'One idea has been developed and we spent the day refining the solution, however with the approaching weather we had a very important decision to make as a crew, and the vote was made against running the risk of further damaging the mast track or sail by hoisting it today and rather wait until we can hoist it in under 15 knots for a full day’s trial.

'Therefore it is unlikely that the mainsail will see a hoist until the next lot of wind passes over us. The situation with the main is frustrating but at least we are still out in front. It will require some careful tactics, as we are unable to sail as fast as the other boats in the fleet, so we will just have to sail smarter i.e. less brawn more brain.'

Having come out of Stealth Mode yesterday further down the fleet, New York skipper Gareth Glover reflects on their race nine tactics.

'After being pushed some 100 miles south of the Scoring Gate, tacking north for the gate was going to add miles on our distance to finish. In the wind we had at the time it was going to be a hard beat to the Scoring Gate, so like some of the other yachts we moved on to get a better position for the up-coming wind from the south.

'We now find ourselves as one of the windward yachts and hope this is going to stand us well in the next 48 hours. We are going to push hard to get back into the top three yachts and chase down Singapore and Gold Coast Australia.

'We are now pushing to the North West and looking ahead at our overall tactics for the next part of this race. We were hoping that going into Stealth Mode would make the yachts closer to the gate tack to the north whist we headed more to the east than them but it did not work as planned this time.'

Derry-Londonderry - Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yach -  onEdition ©  

Derry-Londonderry opted for the same plan and are doing all they can to maintain a podium place.

'I think our decision to ignore the Scoring Gate bonus point and concentrate on the grand plan will pay dividends. It seems that we were not the only boat to come to this conclusion and we now have a new sparring partner in Qingdao - my old mate Conchie (Ian) will be trying his utmost to catch the ‘ferry from Derry’.We will use his boat as the motivation to up our game and try to increase the gap,' says skipper, Mark Light.

'It is great that after over 2,500 miles of ocean racing and being out here in the North Pacific, that we find ourselves so close to another Clipper Race boat. At the midnight UTC position report we were barely 20 miles apart - no distance at all in this vast wilderness of ocean. Our nearest land is the Island of Midway (750 miles to the South East of us) and as the name suggests this is approximately half way across the largest ocean on the planet.

'All in all, I am very happy with our progress, really enjoying this North Pacific Ocean race and looking forward to sailing underneath the finish line - The Golden Gate Bridge - in one of the podium positions,' concludes Mark.

Rival Qingdao is working on their 'game-plan', as they are racing close to the podium positions.

Skipper Ian Conchie says, 'The next weather system coming through would be giving us strong southerly winds. So as it builds today we have been slowly changing sails to suit and preparing the boat and the crew for the strong winds.

'We are now down to three reefs, the staysail and the storm jib and ready for the strong winds. This system is at least allowing us to point the boat in the direct we want for the best course towards the finish. Last night however the wind refused to veer in time to allow us to go for the Scoring Gate and we had already decided as a crew to focus on our race strategy.

'We have secured anything that can move and removed all the items from the deck we don't need like the spinnaker sheets and guys. We have taken extra caution this time as we do not want to damage our pull pit any further. We have been checking the cracks we found and they haven't changed but the more we can reduce the drag of waves on it the better.

'We now await the next weather system which will hopefully give us downwind sailing conditions again as life at 30 degrees is starting to get hard on the crew and you can see that sleep is becoming more of a priority as off watch crew rush for their bunks.'

Preparation for the storms seems to be the theme across the fleet, including the only English entry in the race, Welcome to Yorkshire, that has been focussing on sail changes.

Skipper Rupert Dean says, 'A busy day on board, as we make our final preparations for the next big blow. The storm jib is hanked on under the Yankee 3, ready to go and the trysail is already positioned in its dedicated slot on the mast.

'Crew members Jim Stamp and Les Hartley did a heroic job perched on the boom this afternoon, making a repair to the mainsail. That's successfully complete, so we now hunker down and wait for this big blow to hit.'

Meanwhile the upbeat report from Edinburgh Inspiring Capital skipper Gordon Reid says, 'It's always darkest before the dawn! The dawn has come for the ocean racing team on Edinburgh Inspiring Capital as the onslaught relents for a wee while at least, after another hammering from the elements yesterday the wind has eased to below 30 knots and the sea state has settled to merely rough allowing us to shake the third reef out for the first time in three days.

'As we did so we noticed a problem with reef 2, so with crew member Baz on the boom suspended from a halyard and me balancing on the cuddy, we managed, with a bit of persistence to reconfigure the line, no easy job when you are slamming off waves but with a bit of solid team work involving the Dragon watch, it was job done without any loss of speed or course.

'The break in the weather has allowed us to do some repairs to other equipment damaged during our recent Pacific Ocean kicking. The force of the waves crashing over the bow has bent the stantions and caused the guardwires to loosen, I found myself on the bow this morning, semi submerged in cool seawater as we ploughed through wave after wave, whilst I retensioned the wires and re-secured the life raft which had made a bid for freedom.

'Happy days with only around 20 odd miles separating us from Singapore and the Derry-Londonderry, we are pushing hard to take more places, so for all our supporters 'keep the faith' we are on our way to San Francisco and fast!'

Singapore - Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race.

The teams taking part in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race are preparing to spend Christmas Day at sea as the are from the Gold Coast to Singapore gets underway from Queensland, Australia. It is the seventh of the 15 stages of the world’s longest oce -  Steve Holland/onEdition  

Also reflecting on the mighty Pacific storms is Singapore skipper Ben Bowley.

'Today has been a day of holding our breath. Waiting for the next pressure system to make its presence felt and delivered us another wet punch in the kidneys. We were able to increase sail a little earlier and have now tacked over onto starboard as the wind veers round. Soon we shall be cracking sheets and reducing sail as the wind starts kicking us to straight to San Francisco Bay at pace.

'Life inside the 68 foot washing machine will start another cycle again but at least when we get spat out the other end we shall be considerably closer to our destination! Many are starting to feel the length of the voyage now as we approach the half way mark; let's hope that the ride home is downhill most of the way.'

But it seems like the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race entries aren’t alone on the water. De Lage Landen skipper Stuart Jackson reports a stint of whale spotting in his 0600 report to the Race Office.

'After what has been a fairly brief reprieve from the strong winds, we are yet again bashing through the waves with plenty of white water coursing down the deck. It's looking like we are in for a blustery night, as we are expecting the tail end of the front to pass over us from the large low to our north.

'After this passes we will hopefully have some more settled conditions with a little less wind and hopefully some much missed sunshine.This morning we were privileged enough to see a large whale around a boats length from us, which has been the first wildlife we have seen on this leg, but hopefully not the last.

'We are not quite sure what species it was, it was light grey in colour with a long small dorsal fin similar to a pilot whale, and it was roughly the length of the boat. Answers on a postcard please!'

Positions at 1200 UTC, Monday 19 March 2012
Boat - DTF*
1.Gold Coast Australia - 2802nm*
2.Singapore - 2903nm (101nm**)
3.Derry-Londonderry - 3028nm (226nm)
4.Qingdao - 3033nm (231nm)
5.New York - 3046nm (244nm)
6.Edinburgh Inspiring Capital - 3056nm (254nm)
7.Geraldton Western Australia - 3072nm (270nm)
8.Welcome to Yorkshire - 3090nm (288nm)
9.Visit Finland - 3104nm (301nm)
10.De Lage Landen - 3138nm (336nm)

*DTF = Distance to Finish, **DTL = Distance to Leader. Full positions are updated every three hours and can be found online.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race website


by Heather Ewing

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=95046

1:09 PM Mon 19 Mar 2012GMT


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


Related News Stories:

19 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Race - Battle continues with mighty Pacific
17 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet pounded by Pacific Ocean
16 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet tested by strong conditions
15 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Race fleet prepare for Pacific Ocean onslaught
15 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams approach Scoring Gate
13 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet face punishing conditions
13 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet endure gale force winds
11 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - De Lage Landen rejoin race
11 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - De Lage Landen medevac
10 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet face steep seas
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

The Gold medals have been decided in four events on Day 5 of the ISAF World Sailing Cup Miami. Finn sailor Giles Scott (GBR), is not the only one guaranteed to finish in a gold medal position tomorrow. Nacra 17 team Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri (ITA), Women’s RS:X dominator Bryony Shaw (GBR) and the breakaway 49erFX Kiwis, Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) join him with gold in the bag. ... [more]  

Day five of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella, saw the stage set for the Saturday’s medal races in the Olympic classes, while on the Paralympic side US Sailing Team Sperry athletes Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) secured a silver medal in the three-person Sonar. ... [more]  

GC32 Racing Tour - The future of sailing is, quite literally, flying. The catamarans that soared above the waves in the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francsco have taken the sailing world by storm. The boats have revolutionised sailing technology and competition, giving rise to the creation of new classes. ... [more]  

The Royal Ocean Racing Club is pleased to announce its partnership with Gill North America as official crew merchandise provider for the seventh edition of the RORC Caribbean 600, starting in Antigua on Monday 23 February. ... [more]  

American Windsurfing Tour - The Goya Pro Cabo Verde is shaping up to be the latest AWT edition of the ‘Clash of the Titans.’ The mega stars of windsurfing are currently tuning up their gear, and making final adjustments before the long journey to the remote island of Sal, Cabo Verde. ... [more]  

The second Annual Antigua Dragon Yacht Club Challenge will be hosted by Harmony Hall Yacht Club, with the support of the Antigua Yacht Club Marina and the Inn at English Harbour, with nine races scheduled to take place over five days in fantastic Caribbean conditions on identical Petticrow Dragons. ... [more]  

Roger Hickman skipper of Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race IRC winner Wild Rose sat down with Geoff Waller of www.boatson.tv and described just what went into his boat winning the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. His was a 'full-on' race (with dramatic 'on-board' video) which included a knock-down, broken steering, a wild 'Chinese gybe', storms and only a small amount of blood spilt. ... [more]  

The world’s elite sailors are preparing to meet in Singapore for the opening Act of the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series™, which is set to bring the world famous Marina Bay alive with its pioneering Stadium Racing concept. With the transfer window now closed, some new players will enter the arena as the Series launches into its ninth season, with continued support of Series Main Partner Land Rover. ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Day 4 photos provided by Ocean Images. ... [more]  

2014 - 2015 Barcelona World Race - No scape south because of South Indian Ocean Antarctic Exclusion Zone means a painful wait for Anna Corbella and Gérard Marin on GAES Centros Auditivos. ... [more]  

The expansion of sailing into so-called developing countries, continues at the ISAF Sailing World Cup, Miami, with newly embraced Cuba joining the 64 nation line-up encompassing 600 boats. The 2015 fleet on Biscayne Bay is a record turnout, for this second event on the 2015 Sailing World Cup Circuit ... [more]  

Day 4 of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2015, Presented by Sunbrella, saw the US Sailing Team Sperry make steady gains in the Laser and Laser Radial classes as gold fleet racing approaches its conclusion. In the Sonar, Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) will go for gold tomorrow in the final day of Paralympic racing. ... [more]  

At exactly 00:01 on the 29th January 2015, TeamVestas?' VO65 left VTE - Voltri Terminal Europa en route to Persico Marine in the foothills of the Italian Alps. The boat is now safely secured in a purpose-built facility near Bergamo, awaiting full assessment and the beginning of the repair process. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami Day 3 - There's a world of difference between skiing a long, smooth run and skiing on moguls. Today, forget the waves, it was the breeze on Biscayne Bay that was 'moguls.' Shift upon shift upon shift upon shift. ... [more]  

Ioannis Mitakis (GRE), the 2012 Finn European Champion, ruled the roost in Miami today with two emphatic race wins and moves up to third overall. Giles Scott (GBR) sailed his worst day so far, but still leads with a five point gap on Jake Lilley, and 12 points over Mitakis as the event reaches its half way stage. ... [more]  

The International DN Ice Yacht World and North American Championships are being held in Kingston, Ontario (right in front of our office). For the Kingston Yacht Club, we skated out to the middle of the lake, and put together a little highlight piece for them to remember the event by. ... [more]  

Doyle Sails had more success last weekend in the Auckland Optimist Championships, taking first and second overall in the 110 strong Open fleet. Six countries were represented in the event, and young sailors came the length of New Zealand to compete in the regatta that is a ranking event for World and International team selection. ... [more]  

EFG's Star Winter Series rules in Biscayne Bay by Connie Bischoff, Miami, FL
The third Star Winter Series presented by EFG (SWS) and hosted by Miami’s Biscayne Bay was a shining success. Not only have all five regattas had stronger participation than last year but the final one, the Mid Winters, grew 35% with 45% of the sailors international (CAN, SWE, BRA, UKR, ARG, ITA and GER). ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Day 3 photos provided by Ocean Images. ... [more]  

Day 3 of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella marked the midpoint of North America’s biggest Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta. With bright sunshine and fresh breeze in abundance, the world’s top athletes in 13 classes were treated to the conditions that exemplify why Miami is a preferred international sailing destination. ... [more]  

It was windshift upon windshift upon shift upon windshift on Day 3 of the ISAF World Sailing Cup Miami sailed on Biscayne Bay Presented by Sunbrella, the premier regatta has attracted 599 boats and 768 sailors who were adjusting all day to one thing or another. If it wasn't the wind direction that was changing, it was the wind speed. ... [more]  

Following the success of the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series that concluded last week, the dates of next year’s event have been confirmed for 16-24 January 2016. With overseas competitors from 11 nations represented a large part of the 47-strong fleet overall at the 2015 event ... [more]  

Ben Ainslie Racing, the British Challenger for the 35th America's Cup, have shipped two foiling Nacra 20 catamarans to Bermuda and have become the first team to commence sailing operations at the Venue for the next Cup. The team conducted an initial training camp in Bermuda, last week. ... [more]  

North U kicked off its 2015 season of youth match racing clinics around the U.S. with a successful clinic hosted by the Texas Corinthian Yacht Club in Kemah, Texas on Galveston Bay near Houston. Forty high school and college sailors spent two-and-a-half days learning about match racing and training in Sonars on flat water and 6-12 knots of breeze. ... [more]  

A fantastic week of sunshine, warm weather, big breeze and competitive sailing is what sailors were treated to last week in Key West. Several Canadians left the bitter cold of the north to partake in the fun filled week and a few even brought home trophies. Here's a peek at the fun in the sun! ... [more]  

At ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, presented by Sunbrella, if the Chamber of Commerce had stayed up all night working at it, they could not have served up a better day for racing. ... [more]  

On day 2 of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella, the rainstorms of yesterday vanished but the excellent wind conditions remained in place on Biscayne Bay. A more conventional day of racing saw US Sailing Team Sperry athletes finish the day in the top 10 in 5 Olympic classes and 2 Paralympic classes. ... [more]  

Bringing Dragon Sailors from around the world to Antigua. Harmony Hall Yacht Club, with the support of the Antigua Yacht Club Marina and the Inn at English Harbour, will host the second Annual Antigua Dragon Yacht Club Challenge with nine races scheduled to take place over five days in fantastic Caribbean conditions on identical Petticrow Dragons. ... [more]  

There are so many ways that the Dongfeng Race Team could have lost the chance to win the light-air marathon from Abu Dhabi to Sanya in China. Leading from the first 24 hours to the finish, 23 and a half days later, 5,403 nautical miles sailed and eight different gulfs, oceans and seas, is not necessarily the most advisable way to try and take the spoils. ... [more]  

Sydney photographer, Michael Chittenden was on Sydney harbour last Sunday and captured these images from Race 4 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championships ... [more]  

New Zealand short-handed sailor, Conrad Colman is on his second two handed round the world race, this time aboard the Spirit of Hungary with Nandor Fa sailing in the Barcelona Round the World Race: I had noticed a couple of chafing zones on the mainsail so I prepared some patches and the Dr. Sails flexible epoxy glue so we could drop the main quickly ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami- Photos provided by Ocean Images. ... [more]  

Photographer Ingrid Abery was on the water at 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami and provided this gallery of images. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Aussie Finn sailors charge on day 2
Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race - In for a blast
2015 VX One Midwinters action is heating up
America's Cup: Oracle crew mate lodges ISAF complaint against Tienpont
Volvo Ocean Race: A warm and colorful welcome for Team SCA into Sanya
Touch2Play at Key West Race Week
Barcelona World Race leaders split paths
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games - Final line-up to be announced
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami Day 1 - Brits off to a flying start
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Tough Day 1 + Video
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Tough Day 1 + Video
RC44 World Championship Leg 1 - RC44 Valletta Cup preview
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - US Sailing Team Day 1
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami -Finn class -testing conditions on Day 1
ISAF Olympic classes regatta Miami 2015 images by Ingrid Abery
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica wins first podium place in Sanya
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng scores historic victory for China
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng release first DroneCam video from Leg 3
Volvo Ocean Race: Chinese team set historic first with home port win
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind arrives on time in Genoa + Video
America's Cup - Virgin considers backing Ben Ainslie, BAR   
Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race - Changes   
Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Monsoon Cup preview   
Barcelona World Race - A game of chase   
Quantum Key West Race Week: Four GC32's make spectacular USA debut   
Volvo Ocean Race – Frostad says Caudrelier proving them wrong *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race - Last day drag race to Sanya   
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - Tense onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing   
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - Dongfeng Race Team pushing hard!   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 3 Finish - Video - Delayed feed   
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Countdown begins   
Volvo Ocean Race: Donfeng set to create a piece of sailing history   
Barcelona World Race - First of the iconic Great Capes has been passed   
Classic 18fters racing on Sydney Harbour   
Volvo Ocean Race - Can Dongfeng still hang on for a Sanya win??   
Stephanie Roble, 2014 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year   
Barcelona World Race - Taking advantage   
Oakcliff Awarded Joe Prosser Award at US Sailing NSPS 2015   
20 Nations head for 2015 St.Maarten Heineken Regatta   
Volvo Ocean Race - Less than 500 miles to go   


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