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Clipper Round the World Race 11 - Tense match downwind racing on Day 2

by Clipper Ventures on 21 Apr 2014
Race 11: Day 2 Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race
On day two of race 11 of the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14, The PSP Logistics Panama 100 Cup, the last 24 hours has seen some very close, and tense match downwind racing amongst the 12-strong fleet with speeds reaching in excess of 26 knots as it makes its way further south towards Panama. However, as the temperature starts to increase the competition is also heating up as the teams battle to make gains in the early stages of Race 11 – PSP Logistics 100 Cup.

With just 15 miles now separating the top three teams in Race 11, with Team Garmin, Invest Africa and Mission Performance now leading respectively, positions within the fleet have been changing frequently as teams tack and gybe eager to make gains on their nearest competitor. Simon Talbot skipper of Great Britain explains what we can expect to see tactically develop on the Race Viewer during Race 11:

'We have spent the last 24 hours dancing the tango with the majority of the Clipper Race fleet at one point or another as we all glide to and fro down the race track playing the angles with our spinnakers flying. As anyone who has been watching race tracker will know, this plays havoc with the race standings as those who are on port gybe, the making gybe, shoot up the table as those on starboard gybe plummet down just as fast.

'This will unfortunately last for most of this race as the weather forecast has us sailing dead downwind for most of the time, so as far as I can tell at the moment, we are somewhere in the lower mid fleet and that is about the best I can tell.'

Meanwhile Matt Mitchell, skipper of Mission Performance which is currently in last place on the overall leaderboard is vying for its first podium win after battling it out with overall leaders OneDLL in the last 24 hours:

'We had a great little match with OneDLL before they gybed off to chase Derry~Londonderry~Doire while we stayed on a more easterly course to gybe about an hour after we parted company. This is mainly a downwind race and like upwind races our paths will probably cross many times as we gybe back and forth making our way downwind.'

Veteran Clipper Race skipper Jan Ridd who skippers Team Garmin but also skippered Cape Breton in the Clipper 2009-10 Race knows all too well, tactics are everything in Race 11 and will be sure to avoid making the same mistakes twice:

'In the Clipper 2009-10 Race I made the mistake of not heading east early enough and when the wind got lighter I struggled to get back towards the coast, so this time my plan is to not get too far offshore and stay as close as possible to the rhumb line which is the shortest distance.'

With just four miles now separating the top three leading boats all eyes will be on the Race Viewer to see how the tactics in Race 11 will play out over the next few weeks.

Standings

Position - Team

 

DTL

Team Garmin

0NM

Invest Africa

8NM

Derry~Londonderry~Doire

43NM

Mission Performance

29NM

PSP Logistics

21NM

One DLL

47NM

Jamaica Get All Right

40NM

Henri Lloyd

52NM

Switzerland

60NM

Great Britain

69NM

Old Pulteney

92NM

Qingdao

110NM

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