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Clipper Round the World Race leaders cling on to podium positions

by Amy Martindale on 27 Jun 2012
Race 13, Nova Scotia - Derry-Londonderry Day 12 - Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011-12 onEdition © http://www.onEdition.com
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day twelve of race thirteen from Nova Scotia to Derry-Londonderry. As the depression caused by ex-tropical storm ‘Chris’ continues to slowly move north west of Ireland, the ten-strong fleet has had a mixed bag of weather in the last 24 hours. Potential still remains for a re-shuffle of positions on the leader board.

Drawing closer to the ‘Emerald Isle’ on a scattered course through the North Atlantic, Gold Coast Australia, Singapore and Welcome to Yorkshire are clinging on to their respective current podium positions.

Yesterday, De Lage Landen completed the Ocean Sprint and has stripped Gold Coast Australia of its time to beat, finishing the sprint an hour and 30 minutes faster than the Australian entry. The new time to beat is 11 hours 57 minutes and 41 seconds and the team to complete the set course the fastest will be awarded the additional point on offer.

Meanwhile home port team Derry-Londonderry’s decision to change its tactics and head south east has had the desired effect, enjoying strong winds and closing the gap on its rivals.

On board, skipper Mark Light, reports, 'We came south in search of wind and boy have we found it! Our plan was to chase the low pressure system all the way to Ireland ‘hanging onto the coat tails’ as it were. Well, we have been clinging on with clenched fists, white knuckles, every sinew and bit of strength we have.

'Roller-coaster ride does not do this justice at all. We have seen gusts just over 50 knots true and established 40 knot gradient winds on the beam and just aft of us.

'So far we have eaten up the miles, just what we need in order to improve our race position and ETA into Derry-Londonderry. I know we will have special people waiting for us (all ‘Legenderry’) and we are doing all we can pushing very hard to make sure we catch them before they leave!'

To conceal its tactics Edinburgh Inspiring Capital entered into Stealth Mode overnight and will race under the cloak of invisibility until midnight, where its position will be revealed to the rest of the fleet.

The leading yachts of the Clipper Race fleet are set to start arriving into Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, between 29 June and 1 July.

Latest boat positions (0900 UTC)

Position

Team

DTF

DTL

1

Gold Coast Australia

296NM

0NM

2

Singapore

386NM

91NM

3

Welcome to Yorkshire

489NM

193NM

4

Geraldton Western Australia

580NM

285NM

5

Visit Finland

651NM

356NM

6

De Lage Landen

705NM

409NM

7

Edinburgh Inspiring Capital

724NM

428NM Stealth Mode: position at 0000 UTC 27 June 2012

8

New York

725NM

429NM

9

Derry-Londonderry

820NM

524NM

10

Qingdao

1018NM

722NM


Full positions are updated every three hours and can be found online along with daily skipper Clipper Round the World Yacht Race website

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