sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet enjoys downwind conditions
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet enjoys downwind conditions

'Welcome to Yorkshire - Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race'    onEdition ©

Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on the twenty first day of race nine from Qingdao to Oakland, California. The ten internationally backed teams have begun to enjoy some extended downwind sailing.

'So the downwind sailing for leg six has finally commenced,' reveals Rupert Dean, skipper of Welcome to Yorkshire.

'It's a great chance to make good speed and generally dry things out above and below decks. Vigilance from the helms, however, will be required over the next few days considering we lost our windex in the gales earlier this leg and snapped one of our two spinnaker poles too,' continues Rupert.

'The windex, wind vane at the top of the mast gives instantaneous accurate indications of where the apparent wind is coming from, a highly useful reference when under sail, especially when running deep downwind. Until we get a new one or can fashion a repair, other senses will have to be used to keep our 'Pink Lady' sunny side up.'

Currently in sixth place, Welcome to Yorkshire, sits just two miles behind closest rivals Qingdao, and Rupert hopes the current conditions will allow his team to make good progress.

'We think the cold front passed over us last night. I say think because the effects of it were far less obvious than one would normally expect. Pressure dropped slightly then rose as heavier cloud cover overtook Welcome to Yorkshire, bringing increased wind and constant rain.

'With the wind once again slightly forward of the beam, was this to be a last hurrah for the amazing reaching conditions we've had over the past four days?'

Leg six sees the fleet race from Qingdao, China to Oakland, San Francisco Bay and will see the teams spend approximately 33 days at sea while constantly tested by the Pacific Ocean conditions.

'The fleet is incredibly close for such a long race and this shows how well matched these Clipper 68s are. But with over 1,600 miles to go there is still all to play for!' explains Derry-Londonderry skipper, Mark Light.

'A definite change in the weather today brings grey skies and constant rain. We have watched the barometer fall consistently since yesterday morning - a total of 12 bars. The wind has now begun its veer from south to west and it is forecast to continue on round to the north west through today.

'After being on the same tack with the same sail plan for the last three days we are now thinking about a more appropriate set up for the new downwind conditions. I could tell you what that new set up is, but the crew on New York might well be listening and they are closer than I would like already, sorry guys, no offence!'

Locked in a battle for third place with the American entry, Derry-Londonderry will be hoping to fight off any attempts to steal their podium position from the chasing teams behind them.

'We are still making cracking progress and there is regular competition for highest speed achieved generally during a surf. With the downwind sailing comes a flat boat making life easier down below decks but even more nerves as to who will benefit first from the change in conditions. We will keep a close weather eye open looking for the perfect time to gybe over onto port and start shaping a course for the west coast of the United States.'

Ahead of the Northern Ireland entry in second place is Singapore, skippered by Ben Bowley.

'We have been sailing very well aboard the big red bus, keeping her pointed generally in the right direction with plenty of sail to drive her.

'Despite this, our deficits and leads have both been moving in the wrong direction. This is frustrating and we are trying to rectify the situation whilst setting ourselves up well for the changeable conditions that are accompanying the transition of this long awaited front,' reports Ben.

'Before the night is out we are sure to have completed several sail evolutions including a gybe. Anticipating the weather is no mean feat as even with GRIB forecasts; the timings and strength of changes are, as their name would suggest, merely a prediction. We are due for a busy night if we are to keep moving the right way with just the right balance between ease of handling and speed. The temptation to hoist the kite right at this moment is great but with a lack of moon, overcast skies and no kite work for the last two weeks, prudence is keeping Vicky in bed for tonight at least.'

Continuing their charge toward the Ocean Sprint and Oakland is Gold Coast Australia, whose skipper and crew hope leg six will deliver their seventh victory of the Clipper 11-12 Race.

'This afternoon saw a cold change in the weather and some drizzle, as the wind started to veer to the east and increase up to 40 knots making for some exciting sled riding down waves,' says skipper, Richard Hewson.

'An interesting part of sailing in the North Pacific is the amount of flotsam and jetsam to be found drifting past. Very early this morning as we surfed down the waves in the dark Gold Coast Australia collided with an unknown object making a large banging sound down below.

'The hull was checked for damage and there is none noticeable, however to be sure we monitored bilge levels every hour until midday to be certain. It will be interesting to inspect the hull on arrival in Oakland and see if the unknown object caused any damage,' continues Richard.

'Black footed albatross, sei whales and various species of dolphin have demonstrated the beauty and life of our windswept environment.

'The sei whales in particular have been paying us many visits and one surfaced only 20 metres from the boat this morning giving us a fantastic show of its massive sleek body. Numerous other whales have also been demonstrating their beauty, however no more have come this close.'

Qingdao - Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race -  www.howiephoto.com/onEdition  

Meanwhile on board Qingdao, it’s been a busy day of sail evolutions.

'Last night saw us down to Yankee 3, staysail and three reefs again as the wind picked up to over 30 knots for most of the night,' reports skipper, Ian Conchie.

'Then over the course of the morning the wind began to drop and veer, allowing us to free off the wind more and more and increase our sail plan until after lunch we were sailing downwind with the full main and Yankee 2.

'We were then able for only the second time in this leg hoist a spinnaker! The question now is if the sea state will quieten down enough to allow us to fly the kite all night. Currently we have seen no moon for four nights and precious few stars so it is very hard to helm without getting disorientated. We have everything prepared in case we need to drop but will keep the kite up as long as we can.'

The current conditions have allowed the crews to check equipment, carry out any required repairs and also check previous repairs.

'Being out in the middle of the ocean there is no spares department or shops if we break anything and we do not carry a spare of everything.

'Currently we have a winch held together with bolts salvaged from our heads spares (toilet for the land lumbers), another heads that has been repaired with some old leather and a missing air scoop replaced by a cut up biscuit tin and silaflex (bathroom sealant). I am not sure what the equivalent of a Blue Peter badge is for the Clipper Race but I think we deserve one!'

Hoping for a podium finish is Gareth Glover, skipper of New York, will his team focussed on catching current occupiers of third place Derry-Londonderry in a bid to climb the overall leader board.

'Well the feeling in the wind was right; in the night the wind moved round giving us a beam reach and powered us along at speed. As the sun rose we were able to drop out a reef and change the head sail to our Yankee 2 and as the has wind come round more in the day we have gybed over on to port which keeps us on course to our waypoint.'

After breaking the 2,000 miles-to-go barrier yesterday, Gareth hopes to rally his troops for the final push to Oakland.

'Following days of nothing the crew are happy to be working again on deck and during the next 48 hours we will have to see what impact the new wind is going to do to the fleet, we hope it’s going to get us into the top three yachts and close down the gap between us and the leaders.

'As I write this the wind has dropped down to around 12 knots and we are running down wind with are Yankee 2 pole out and full main but looking at the forecast this will not be for too long as the low from the north makes it appreciate and we hope it will build to give us good angle and speed to the Ocean Sprint,' signs off Gareth.

Over on Geraldton Western Australia, it’s also been a busy day of sail changes.

'Just after sunrise this morning, we got the spinnaker pole up and poled out the Yankee 3. It became quite busy, as we ended up going for a full mainsail and changed to the Yankee 2 headsail,' explains skipper, Juan Coetzer.

'Just after lunch time we gybed back onto course and now making as decent VMG (Velocity Made Good) to Oakland. It’s great to be sailing downwind for a change. The boat being level makes it easier to move around and sleep.'

Making good progress over the last twelve hours is current holders of seventh place, Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, skippered by Gordon Reid.

'Last night the conditions were lively as we hung on to our generous sail plan. With the swell coming from the beam the apparent wind was easily manageable but one wrong move on the helm and she rounded up sending the apparent shooting up along with the pressure exerted on both rig and sails,' says Gordon.

'Apart from the odd lively round up we managed to keep a fast and steady course making some good gains overnight, taking us once more back to fifth and still closing on the others.

'The wind has now veered and soon we will gybe and set the spinnaker for our downhill surf!' signs off Gordon.

De Lage Landen - Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race. -  Steve Holland/onEdition  

'Finally there has been a change in our weather,' reveals a relieved Stuart Jackson, skipper of De Lage Landen.

'After a wet day with the approaching front, the wind has now veered with the front passing over us and the sun has made an appearance. We also have significantly less wind but our boat speed remains pretty good.

'It's great to be able to open the hatches and give the boat a good airing as this has been the first time in around a week that we have been able to do so. It looks like we should enjoy the slightly lighter winds for at least a day before they start to fill in again from the chilly north west. Wildlife has been abundant today, with whales and dolphins cheering up our grey and rainy day.'

Now just four miles ahead of the Dutch entry is Visit Finland, skippered by Olly Osborne, whose team is also relishing the current conditions.

'It's great to be enjoying some downwind sailing at last, and we are enjoying a drier environment below already. Today we were able to get a few jobs done such as patching small holes in the sails and checking the rig aloft. Greg was surprised to find the masthead radio antenna had been bent double by a lightning strike we had during a squall a few days ago.

'But the forecast looks much more promising for the coming few days, and it should make for a fast run as a depression tracks above the fleet.'

The fleet is expected to arrive in Oakland, California between 1-7 April, where it will be hosted by the 2012 Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show in Jack London Square. Oakland is located on the east side of San Francisco Bay.

positions at 0900 UTC, Sunday 25 March 2012
Boat - DTF*
1 Gold Coast Australia - 1406nm
2 Singapore - 1497nm (+91nm**)
3 Derry-Londonderry - 1604nm (+198nm)
4 New York - 1615nm (+209nm)
5 Qingdao - 1639nm (+233nm)
6 Welcome to Yorkshire - 1641nm (+234nm)
7 Edinburgh Inspiring Capital - 1647nm (+241nm)
8 Visit Finland - 1684nm (+278nm)
9 De Lage Landen - 1690nm (+284nm)
10 Geraldton Western Australia - 1765nm (+358nm)

*DTF = Distance to Finish, **DTL = Distance to Leader. Full positions are updated every three hours and can be found online.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race website


by Heather Ewing

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=95246

12:15 PM Sun 25 Mar 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

25 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams re-energise
24 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams challenged
23 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams battle for third place
22 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Race fleet crosses International Date Line
21 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet approach half way point
20 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Race - Geraldton take final Scoring Gate point
19 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Race - Battle continues with mighty Pacific
17 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet pounded by Pacific Ocean
16 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet tested by strong conditions
15 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Race fleet prepare for Pacific Ocean onslaught
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

2015 Hobie 16 North American Championships September 20 to 25 at Pensacola Yacht Club. ... [more]  

Hobie Mid-Winter East - Ocean Springs Yacht Club April 10-12 2015. The regatta is open to all Hobie Cat classes ... [more]  

Choosing the northern route turned out to be a brilliant tactical decision. But not all decisions went so well. Because of one wrong gybe and changed weather patterns, Team Brunel lost its lead in less than a day. With only the Volvo Ocean Race tracker as a guide, it’s difficult for fans to understand how the Dutch team lost more than 80 nautical miles. Skipper Bouwe Bekking looks explains ... [more]  

RORC Caribbean 600 – Arguably the best fleet of offshore racing yachts that has ever gathered in the Caribbean, took part in the seventh edition of the event. 66 yachts started the 600 mile race around 11 Caribbean islands, with numerous world champions, America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race sailors taking part with passionate Corinthian amateurs, many of whom are members of the Royal Ocean Racing Cl ... [more]  

This summer’s ‘must have’ tickets for The America’s Cup World Series, Portsmouth (ACWSUK) are officially available from Monday 2nd March. Fans and spectators are encouraged to book their place now to avoid disappointment with event organisers already receiving a large number of ticket and hospitality enquires. ... [more]  

SCYA's E.E. Manning Regatta 2015 – They had never sailed together until six months earlier when they stepped onto a boat that neither had ever sailed, but skipper Joseph Hou, 15, and crew Skylar Jacobsen, 14, squeezed out a remarkable victory Sunday in the Southern California Youth Yacht Racing Association's Shadden Series ... [more]  

Shawn Bennett of Tiburon, Calif. won the Long Beach Stop of the 2015 California Dreamin’ Series Sunday in this International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Grade three match racing regatta hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club and raced on the Long Beach Sailing Foundation’s fleet of Catalina 37s. ... [more]  

Sitting here in Antigua airport waiting for my flight back to London, life is good having just blasted across the Atlantic in just under nine and a half days on board the new Phaedo3 MOD 70, one of the fastest sailing boats 'in the world'... ... [more]  

In November of 1994 Yachting Magazine consultant Gary Jobson asked Peter Craig, 'how hard can it be? Just raise some flags and blow off some guns.' And so began Craig's involvement in what was then a 112 boat - single division regatta that would soon evolve into an iconic annual international keelboat event. Yachting Magazine founded Key West Race Week in 1987. ... [more]  

Serious Fun! That's what participants, sponsors and onlookers are expected to have during the 35th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta which will be held in St. Maarten during March 05 - 08, 2015. The Regatta is considered to be the biggest in the Caribbean and offers a great combination of challenging races and fantastic gatherings under the banner of 'Serious Fun'! ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race – After the limits of the southern oceans imposed by the combination of the weather systems and the safety barrier of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone, the Atlantic is opening up for the top trio. ... [more]  

Images from Auckland of the media conference on Sunday and prizegivings for Leg 4 ... [more]  

At the media conference held the morning after the finish of leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Mapfre skipper Xabi Fernandez announced that regular skipper Iker Martinez will be back on board for the next leg and most of the remainder of the race. Fernandez had taken over the role, skippering Mapfre to a 4th place on Leg 3 and a win on Leg 4. ... [more]  

Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank will kick off with 173 boats traveling to Coconut Grove to compete in the 88th Bacardi Cup ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 4 finishes at night after a tense day *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
The finish was more like that of a short 100nm race around the Hauraki Gulf. Instead, the first three boats to cross the finish line at the end of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race arrived mid-evening. ... [more]  

Farr 40 International Circuit - Alex Roepers doesn't like to dwell in the past. However, when prompted, the New York businessman will talk about the magical run he and the crew aboard Plenty enjoyed during the 2014 Farr 40 International Circuit. To the contrary, the thrill of victory only made Roepers and the Plenty team hungry for more. ... [more]  

Coast Guard crews continue the search Monday for Richard Byhre, the 76-year-old sailor who did not return from his sailing trip as expected. ... [more]  

The International Sonar Class is pleased to announce that Shumway Marine, with the cooperation of designer Bruce Kirby has made arrangements to have the Sonar built by Rondar Race Boats in the U.K., with plans eventually to have the boat built on both sides of the ocean. The American Rondar facility is in Peabody, MA. Rondar, expects to launch its first Sonar in April. ... [more]  

Rio de Janeiro's state environmental agency says it is investigating a fish die-off that has left thousands of carcasses floating in waters where sailing events are to be held when Brazil hosts next year's Olympics. ... [more]  

This year's 35th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is nothing less than an island-wide effort. Besides the sponsors, countless volunteers and the numerous local organizations that offer their excellent services, the Regatta Organizers would like to say special thanks to the hotels which are so generous to donate complimentary hotel rooms for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Images ashore after Leg 4 by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, was on the water and ashore for the finish of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, and provided this gallery of images after the first three boats had docked. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the finish of Leg 4 by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, was on the water for the finish of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean race, and captured these images from the final few miles of the race, and on the dock. ... [more]  

O MAPFRE conquistou de maneira emocionante a quarta etapa da Volvo Ocean Race, disputada entre a China e a Nova Zelândia. Na manhã deste sábado (28), o barco espanhol cruzou a linha de chegada em primeiro após quase 21 dias de navegação. ... [more]  

RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show - a British tradition by Rob Kothe and Jedda Murphy
Our favourite boat show in the whole world is the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show. It is like no other, with a large percentage of eight to 15-year olds, with many young siblings often dragging their parents down the aisles. Its a dull overcast day in Lonon with rain showers, but inside the heated halls of the Alexandra Palace, the fabled 'Ally Pally' , around 5,000 visitors will gaze at touch and feel ... [more]  

MAPFRE (Xabi Fernández/ESP) emerged victorious despite a pair of major setbacks in Leg 4 following one of the tightest-fought finishes in Volvo Ocean Race history on Saturday night. The victory gives the 2014-15 edition its fourth winner in four legs following successes for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR), Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED), and Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA). ... [more]  

Mapfre took the gun, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing was second and Dongfeng third. Photographer Ainhoa Sanchez was in the air over Auckland for 2014 – 2015 Volvo Ocean Race, and provided these images. ... [more]  

Photographer Ainhoa Sanchez was in the air as the fleet approached Auckland for the end of leg 4 for the 2014 – 2015 Volvo Ocean Race, and provided this gallery of images. ... [more]  

The wind has switched half turn and boats are now beating upwind to the finish, MAPFRE has held their lead and with the change in direction look quite safe. Team Alvimedica who was catching up at speed has slowed right up, caught in light winds behind Tiritiri Matangi island. With less than 10nm to go to finish and a fair 10kt wind holding, the slow patch looks to have been removed from equation ... [more]  

2015 RORC Caribbean 600 - Hap Fauth's American JV72, Bella Mente has been declared the overall winner. Whilst several yachts are still racing, by the morning of Friday 27th February none of the remaining teams had the ability to better Bella Mente's corrected time under IRC. It was third time lucky for Bella Mente as the Maxi 72 has finished second overall for the past two years. ... [more]  

Catch the live coverage of the Leg 4 Finish in Auckland. Check the video timer for a countdown to the start of coverage and the expected race finish time. Sail-World is updating the on the water action and weather - which has compressed the lead four boats ... [more]  

Racing in second place in the Barcelona World Race, the Barcelona sailor Guillermo Altadill and Chilean José Muñoz passed Cape Horn (67° 17' 35 W) this morning at 2h12 UTC (3h12 am in Barcelona, 11h12 pm of the 27th of February in Chile), after 58 days, 14 hours and 12 minutes of racing since their start from the Catalan capital on 31 December 2014. ... [more]  

On Sunday March 8th 2015, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will close out the final night of music with one of the most distinctive performances to date. DJ Natty Rico will be the final act to grace the regatta stage during the 'Legendary Party' following Kool and the Gang. His unique blend of saxophone playing and DJ skills will have your jaw dropping in amazement. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - Cape Horn beckons for second and third placed Neutrogena and GAES Centros Auditivos. While the two IMOCA 60s are expected to pass at speed with around six hours of separation, in what might be considered favourable conditions for one of the most inhospitable and complicated corners of the Barcelona World Race, amidst the long hours of stress and fatigue ... [more]  

Big winds for SCYA Manning Regatta at ABY Club
Hutchinson and Roble honored at US Sailing’s Rolex Awards ceremony
Finn World Masters Championships 2015 - Pre registration open
Registration for the 2015 Finn European Championship is live!
RORC Caribbean 600, day 4 – Classic Focus and Four Figaro II teams
Hutchinson, Roble honored in New York as Best of 2014
Barcelona World Race - Pedestrian Pacific, Atlantic highway to home
America's Cup: Artemis Racing lines up against Oracle Team USA - Video
High Performance Yacht Design conference during Volvo OR stopover
Volvo Ocean Race: Ryan Houston - How Alvimedica's chemistry works *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race: Dave Swete - Alvimedica's race so far *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – No sleep until Auckland
Etchells NA Midwinter East Series - Schoonmaker Cup preview
RORC Caribbean 600 day 4 – Close competition – 43 yachts still racing
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica hopes to use Coastal Classic tricks *Feature
AC45 Turbo Training - Oracle Team USA images by pressure-drop + Video
America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand gears up on less money *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race – The race tightens as New Zealand looms
AWT Goya Pro Cabo Verde kicks off in style!
Barcelona World Race - Two different worlds separated by Cape Horn
America's Cup: Barker offered non-sailing role by Emirates team NZ   
2015 CYC Midwinters Race – Pictures by pressure-drop.us   
CYC Midwinters Racing – Bring On The Breeze! – Overall   
Laser World Championship – Over 2000 sailors to race in Kingston   
Volvo Ocean Race: Barkow and Lush - from the Olympics to the Volvo *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – Its anyone's race - Leg 4 to Auckland   
Barcelona World Race - A time for extra care and caution   
2015 RORC Caribbean 600 - Phaedo3 breaks record   
Barcelona World Race - Cheminées Poujoulat pass Cape Horn   
2015 RORC Caribbean 600 - Records predicted to tumble + Video   
2015 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship - NOR released   
Asher Otto and Itchy Feet to open up the Caribbean Jam night   
RS Sailing and BIC Sport North America team up for sailing programs   
RORC Caribbean 600 – Record pace on Day 2   
Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup - About to begin   
10 tips from BoatUS for owners and renters   
Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta – Notice of Race online   
2015 CYC Mid Winters images by h20shots   
Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from February 23 show   
Volvo Ocean Race: Ryan Houston looking forward to his Kiwi home   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT