Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Competition heats up
by Isabel Hokken on 16 May 2012
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on the second day of race eleven from Panama to New York. The crew members of the world’s longest yacht race are finding their sea legs again, as competition heats up.
Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet Karl Monaghan/onEdition
'It is fast, exhilarating wet and slightly wild,' sums up Gold Coast Australia skipper Richard Hewson.
It’s been busy for all then 68-foot yacht entries currently at the south of Jamaica in the Caribbean Sea. Qingdao’s racing came to a brief halt, as a crew member attached by his safety line was washed overboard.
'It brought home to everyone the importance of the safety procedures we have to follow at all times, and showed the value of the Clipper Race training as the crew dealt with the situation perfectly. Luckily for us the worst outcome of the situation was that he lost a shoe,' says skipper Ian Conchie.
Throughout the fleet sail changes are back on the agenda, with the Clipper Race crew getting back into the routine of rough ocean racing, enduring up to 20 knots of wind. Drama continued elsewhere, with Singapore’s Yankee 1 ending up in the sea and crew working hard to recover the sail. Similarly on Derry-Londonderry skipper Mark Light describes his unlucky day starting with a Yankee 1 headsail making a break for freedom and ending with a bowl of cereal being thrown at him!
The fleet remains close together, with entries having overtaken each other during the night. Currently leading the fleet is De Lage Landen, closely followed by Gold Coast Australia and Singapore.
For now all ten Clipper Race entries remain focused on getting up to the Windward Passage, a strait between the island of Cuba and Hispaniola , the fastest to get the vital Scoring Gate points up for grabs.
Latest boat positions (0900 UTC)
Position Team - DTF / DTL
1 De Lage Landen - 1533NM / 0NM
2 Gold Coast Australia - 1535NM / 2NM
3 Derry-Londonderry - 1536NM / 3NM
4 Singapore - 1537NM / 4NM
5 Edinburgh Inspiring Capital - 1540NM / 7NM
6 New York 1541NM / 8NM
7 Visit Finland - 1544NM / 11NM
8 Qingdao - 1544NM / 11NM
9 Geraldton Western Australia - 1544NM / 11NM
10 Welcome to Yorkshire - 1556NM / 23NM
Full positions are updated every three hours and can be found online
www.clipperroundtheworld.com/" target="_blank">Clipper Round the World Yacht Race website