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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Spirit of Jamaica Chase underway

'Jamaica Get All Right team race to home port Port Antonio'    Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race

In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, the 12 teams have transited the Panama Canal and started Race 12, the Spirit of Jamaica Chase, today.

A Le Mans start 30 miles off the Panama coast at first light local time (around 12pm UTC) will mark the commencement of the 590 mile sprint to Jamaica.

The short upwind race will be punctuated by easterly trade winds of 10 to 15 knots moving their way through the Caribbean Sea.

Clipper Race Director Justin Taylor said the race will be won or lost on helming skills.

'It’s possible to get round the eastern end of Jamaica in one tack and those boats that do that will do well. The race will require a lot of concentration and as the fleet will be so tightly packed, it will be pretty stressful. I don’t think the skippers will get any sleep between Panama and Jamaica.

'Every little bit counts in every race, but this one will be particularly intense and I anticipate a very close finish.'

Leg 7 crew of Jamaica Get All Right -  Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race  

Skipper of Jamaica Get All Right, Pete Stirling, will be vying to win the race into his boat’s home port and make Clipper Race history.

'We are determined to make every effort to win into our home port. We’ve proved we can get onto the podium and to win the Spirit of Jamaica Chase would be fantastic for the entire crew; they deserve it. I’m under no illusions that this will be a tough three-day sprint where we will have to be perform continuously. Every minute and every fraction of a knot could make a big difference in this closely matched fleet in what will inevitably be some of the closest and most exciting racing of the whole series.'

The Jamaica Tourist Board has chosen to name Race 12 the Spirit of Jamaica Chase to highlight the Caribbean’s most popular island and all Jamaica offers to visitors with its beautiful beaches, mountains and culture.

Standings

 

Position - Team

 

DTL

Great Britain

0NM

Derry~Londonderry~Doire

0NM

Henri Lloyd

1NM

Invest Africa

6NM

Jamaica Get All Right

3NM

Mission Performance

3NM

Old Pulteney

2NM

One DLL

2NM

PSP Logistics

1NM

Qingdao

2NM

Switzerland

2NM

Team Garmin

3NM


Clipper Round The World Yacht Race


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