Please select your home edition
Edition
upffront 728x90

Clipper Round the World Race - Top of leader board fiercely contested

by Ruth Harrington on 5 Jul 2012
Gold Coast Australia secures eleventh win in Race 13 - Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011-12 onEdition © http://www.onEdition.com
Race thirteen of the Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race has concluded with the prizegiving being held yesterday (3rd July) in Derry-Londonderry. With just two races left the top of the leader board continues to be fiercely contested. Although Gold Coast Australia is the clear leader, the fight for second and third place in the world’s longest ocean race is still anyone’s for the taking.

In race thirteen Gold Coast Australia secured its eleventh victory after a 2,350-mile tough upwind battle across the North Atlantic. The Queensland entry celebrated its win into Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, all but guaranteeing overall victory in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race.

Barring massive penalties or disqualification, Gold Coast Australia cannot be beaten on points with a massive forty point advantage over current second place entry, Visit Finland.

The fight for second and third place continues to be fought out as only a handful of points separate the contenders for the remaining podium positions on the leader board. With two races left until the Clipper 11-12 Race finish in Southampton, just six points separates second place Visit Finland and third place De Lage Landen. Singapore, sponsored by Keppel Corporation, is snapping at their heels while Welcome to Yorkshire is just four points behind the Singaporean entry.

Tasmanian skipper Richard Hewson was composed and focused when discussing his domination of the overall race, and has his sights set on another challenge to smash the record set back in 1998 under skipper Alex Thompson, who took his entry to six consecutive wins.

'This is now our fifth consecutive win, and trust me when I say every win is as important to us as the next. If we win the next race, we will have matched the current record. If we win the next and final race we will break the record for the most consecutive wins ever achieved in Clipper Race history. I want this for my team.'

With the last two races foremost in everyone’s minds, Ben Bowley, the skipper of Singapore, discussed his determination ahead of the race fourteen start on Saturday 7 July, 'We’ve always said we have to be at the top of the leader board. We’re really chasing De Lage Landen which is just five points ahead of us at the moment. With just one great race we could be looking at third place which would be brilliant.'

Race Director, Jonathan Bailey has a few words of warning for those who think race fourteen, the short sprint to Den Helder will be an easy race to navigate, 'The race from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Derry-Londonderry was much harder than expected due to a tropical storm that was created in the Atlantic which gave all of the teams significant head winds. The unsettled weather in the UK is also likely to make the 800-mile race to Den Helder very challenging as the teams go over the top of Scotland into some strong northerly winds.'

The penultimate race, an 800-mile sprint from Derry-Londonderry to Den Helder in the Netherlands, will start at 1600 GMT on Saturday 7 July. Clipper Round the World Yacht Race website
Naiadupffront 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - First Clipper 70 hits the UK
The first of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race’s new fleet of 12 70-foot ocean racing yachts arrived in Felixstowe. The first of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race’s new fleet of 12 70-foot ocean racing yachts arrived in Felixstowe UK last night, Monday 29 October 2012, marking the beginning of a new era for the race.
Posted on 31 Oct 2012
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to support youth cancer charity
For the Clipper Round the World Race, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Dame Ellen MacArthur will a launch charity initiative. For the world’s longest ocean race, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, British yachting icons Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Dame Ellen MacArthur will launch a charity initiative. 'It has never been the cancer that has worried me but the depression that came with it...Of all the medicines she had, this one - the trip - was the one that made her better!'
Posted on 18 Oct 2012
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Deputy Race Director appointed
Clipper Ventures has named Mark Light as Deputy Race Director of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Clipper Ventures has named Mark Light as Deputy Race Director of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Mark is an accomplished yachtsman and previous race skipper. 'I am absolutely delighted and feel very privileged to take on the role of Deputy Race Director,' said Mark Light.
Posted on 16 Oct 2012
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Victory for Gold Coast Australia
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race came to an exciting end today as thousands gathered to watch the fleet’s arrival. The Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race came to an exciting end today as thousands gathered to watch the fleet’s arrival in Southampton, UK. Gold Coast Australia secured the overall win, as the non-professional crews onboard all 10 ocean racing yachts marked the end of a 40,000 mile challenge of a lifetime.
Posted on 23 Jul 2012
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet on final phase
Clipper Round the World Race fleet are playing every last card up their sleeves in a battle for final podium position Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on the third day of race fifteen, from Den Helder to Southampton. As the ten 68-foot ocean racing yachts start their final full day of racing in the series, the teams are playing every last card up their sleeves in a battle for the final podium position.
Posted on 21 Jul 2012
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet face tightly packed finish
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on the second day of race fifteen, from Den Helder to Southampton. Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on the second day of race fifteen, from Den Helder to Southampton. With just three days until the world’s longest ocean race concludes in Southampton, the ten strong teams of racing yachts face a tightly packed finish, as the teams fight it out for the final podium position
Posted on 20 Jul 2012
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet head to Southampton
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet started race fifteen, from Den Helder to Southampton, at 11:00 GMT, today Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet started race fifteen, from Den Helder to Southampton, at 11:00 GMT today, Thursday 19th July. As the fleet contended with fierce winds of 20-25 knots, De Lage Landen was first to cross the line in its home port, closely followed by Gold Coast Australia and Singapore.
Posted on 19 Jul 2012
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Qingdao cross Race 14 finish
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The Chinese entry Qingdao has arrived into the Netherlands Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day seven of race fourteen from Derry-Londonderry to Den Helder. The Chinese entry Qingdao has arrived into the Netherlands after fiercely fighting the 800 mile race from Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland in the penultimate stage of the 40,000-mile Clipper Race.
Posted on 13 Jul 2012
Clipper Round the World Race - Singapore first over Race 14 finish
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race - The final push for a podium position went down to the wire this morning Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day six of race 14 from Derry-Londonderry to Den Helder. After a tough tussle with light winds the final push for a podium position went down to the wire this morning and crossing the finish line off the coast of the Netherlands at 0724 UTC, Singapore secured its first win in the Clipper 11-12 Race series with victory in race 14
Posted on 12 Jul 2012
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 14 finish fast approaching
In the Clipper Round the World Race, Race 14 has proved to be one of the most tightly contested of the 11-12 edition. In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Race 14 has proved to be one of the most tightly contested of the 11-12 edition with places on the leader board continuing to change in the remaining hours of the 800-mile sprint to Den Helder on the northern coast of the Netherlands.
Posted on 12 Jul 2012