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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet locked in battle

by Ruth Harrington on 11 Jun 2012
Race 12, Day 4 - Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011-12 onEdition © http://www.onEdition.com
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on the fourth day of race twelve from New York to Nova Scotia. It has been another night of competitive racing for the ten-strong fleet of racing yachts. With just over 100 miles until the race finish, the fleet continue to battle it out for that coveted podium position and crucial points.

'The fleet is locked in a closely fought tactical battle,' is how the skipper of the Welcome to Yorkshire entry described Race 12 from New York to Nova Scotia. The British entry is currently in third place, currently only one mile separates them and fourth place Singapore.

Gold Coast Australia continues to retain their lead after experiencing some near perfect sailing conditions by the northern part of Georges Bank, at the edge of the Atlantic continental shelf between Cape Cod and Nova Scotia, 'At midnight the tide finally turned for us and our speed over ground increased to match that of the other yachts, catapulting us towards Browne’s Bank where we hope to gain another tidal advantage to help maintain our lead over the yachts to the west,' explains skipper, Richard Hewson.

All ten of the racing yachts are fiercely competing to make gains on each other. However, it hasn’t been perfect sailing for the whole fleet as variable wind conditions continue to frustrate New York and De Lage Landen, while Geraldton Western Australia has been experiencing frustrating counter currents hampering their speed and slowing down their progress.

The lead boats are expected to cross the finish line within the next 12 hours from there the teams will motor to the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, arriving at approximately 0800 local time (1100 GMT).

Latest boat positions (1200 UTC)

Position

Team

DTF

DTL

1

Gold Coast Australia

105 NM

0 NM

2

Visit Finland

119 NM

14 NM

3

Welcome to Yorkshire

124 NM

20 NM

4

Singapore

125 NM

20 NM

5

De Lage Landen

131 NM

26 NM

6

Geraldton Western Australia

133 NM

28 NM

7

Edinburgh Inspiring Capital

134 NM

29 NM

8

Qingdao

138 NM

33 NM

9

Derry-Londonderry

142 NM

37 NM

10

New York

149 NM

44 NM


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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