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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet face frustrating conditions

'Visit Finland - 2011-12 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race'    Steve Holland/onEdition

Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on the sixth day of race eleven from Panama to New York. The ten-strong ocean racing yachts have been faced with yet more frustrating weather conditions over the last 24 hours, with sparse wind and intense heat affecting its position and mood.

However, for Visit Finland a tactical gamble overnight has seen the yacht regain its lead and secure first place in Race 11.

After entering into stealth mode overnight, which allows the team to hide its position from the rest of the fleet for a period of 24 hours, Visit Finland has regained its lead and is currently in first place, around 40 miles ahead of its nearest rival Gold Coast Australia.

With only three miles separating second place Gold Coast Australia and third place De Lage Landen, the Australian entry’s skipper Richard Hewson describes his tactical approach to catch even the smallest advantage to help reclaim the team’s former glory, 'In the last 24 hours we have had no less than thirty sail changes as the wind picks up to a few knots, changes direction and then drops back off again.

'Changing between wind seeker, Yankee 1, Staysail and light weight spinnaker is a full time job throughout the watch, and the deck regularly resembles a the floor at the end of an Italian dinner party, covered in a spaghetti of sheets, lines, halyards and sails.'

Latest boat positions (1500 UTC)
Position Team - DTF / DTL
1 Visit Finland - 979NM / 0NM
2 Gold Coast Australia - 1023NM / 44NM
3 De Lage Landen - 1026NM / 47NM
4 Geraldton Western Australia - 1034NM / 54NM
5 Edinburgh Inspiring Capital - 1039NM / 60NM
6 Derry-Londonderry - 1040NM / 61NM
7 Welcome to Yorkshire - 1047NM / 68NM
8 Qingdao - 1049NM / 70NM
9 Singapore - 1069NM / 90NM
10 New York - 1071NM / 92NM

Full positions are updated every three hours and can be found online.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race website


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