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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Trial and tribulation

by Amy Martindale on 9 Jul 2012
Race 14 Day 3 - 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 three of race fourteen from Derry-Londonderry to Den Helder. The ten 68-foot ocean racing teams tussle in a tight duel upwind where positions remain close.

Gold Coast Australia continues to fight to maintain its lead whilst Visit Finland has made gains on its rivals and moved two places up the leader board into second. With only 12 miles separating the leading five teams, there is still all to play for.

De Lage Laden skipper Stuart Jackson explains, 'The racing has been fantastic throughout the night with boats tacking within a few boat lengths of each other. So everyone has had to stay on their game and their seamanship skills have been exemplary.' With two miles currently separating the team from third place, the Dutch entry will be keen to secure a podium win on its return home to the Netherlands.

However this will be no mean feat as the last 24 hours have seen trial and tribulation for the fleet with reports of strong winds and the choppy sea state likened to being in a washing machine. Seasickness has also swept across the fleet and in the upwind conditions, the crew members on board have been working hard on double watches, performing relentless sail changes in a bid to keep pace.

Crewed by ‘people like you’ the Clipper Race offers the challenge of a lifetime to circumnavigate the world for people from all walks of life. The fleet is expected to arrive in Den Helder in the Netherlands between 11-13 July and will set off on its final race back to Southampton on 19 July, finishing in the Solent on Sunday 22 July.

Latest boat positions

Position

Team

DTF

DTL

1

Gold Coast Australia

542NM

0NM

2

Visit Finland

547NM

5NM

3

Singapore

550NM

8NM

4

De Lage Landen

552NM

10NM

5

Edinburgh Inspiring Capital

554NM

12NM

6

Welcome to Yorkshire

563NM

21NM

7

Qingdao

565NM

23NM

8

New York

572NM

30NM

9

Geraldton Western Australia

580NM

38NM

10

Derry-Londonderry

581NM

39NM


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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