sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : The Clipper Race - Fleet depart Singapore to Qingdao
The Clipper Race - Fleet depart Singapore to Qingdao


'Fleet depart Singapore - Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race'    Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race

2013 - 14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet departed One15 Marina, Sentosa Cove this morning after a highly enjoyable stopover in Singapore to head for the Race nine start line to Qingdao, China.

This notoriously tough 2,500 mile leg will see temperatures plunge from the tropics to sub-zero conditions as the fleet beats into biting winter headwinds. Exceptionally choppy seas are anticipated off Taiwan due to the ’wind over tide’ effect created between northerly winds over the notorious Black Snake current.

'Off the coast of Taiwan, a lot of the time these boats are going to be airborne,' race director Justin Taylor told the crew at their pre-race brief. 'It’ll be unpleasant for a couple of days, certainly. The race from Singapore to China is one of extremes. The heat below decks will be difficult to cope with in the early stages. Taiwan, and the entrance to the Yellow Sea, marks the change to colder conditions as the fleet meets challenging head winds that provide the most extreme conditions of the race.'

Despite the fact that the teams have already experienced extreme temperatures and winds, no leg of this race is identical and crew appreciate that the combination of conditions will be a new challenge. As a result, there was a degree of anticipation and apprehension of what’s in store for them in the days ahead as the yachts prepared to depart Singapore.

Qingdao skipper Gareth Glover said: 'We’re ready and we’re looking forward to this race; it’s our home leg so it’s the one we’ve been waiting for. I do think there is some apprehension on the boat though, which is natural. We’ve got some difficult conditions ahead of us although the forecast ahead doesn’t look too bad at the moment so we’re trying to be optimistic. All the crew are keen for a home leg win so we’re hopefully going to get a podium position.

'Tactically, this race is upwind. Its 750 miles to the scoring gate, so we’ll be looking to get a good start and get those early points secured. It’s then another 900 miles to Taiwan where we expect to get the rougher weather; it’s going to get choppy, there will be lots of sail changes and big seas.

'I’ve got quite good knowledge of this race because I did it in 2012, so hopefully I can reassure the crew about some of the conditions we’re going to face. I’m quite confident and I hope it is going to give us a little edge over the others but we’re still going to have to push hard and do our best at every moment to have a hope of claiming maximum points.

'I went to Qingdao on the last race so I know it will be a great reception. My Chinese crew are helping to teach me a few Mandarin words so I have a bit of time to practice those before we get there. Sailing into Qingdao, on the home boat is going to be a moment and a memory which we will all keep forever with us I am positive.'

Qingdao round-the-world crew member Kun (Vicky) Song, who is vying to become the first Chinese woman to sail round the world is very excited to be heading home, despite knowing this will be a very tough race. She commented: 'Everyone has warned us about the rough seas we can expect so I am a little bit nervous. But I will get through it.'

She is particularly looking forward to being reunited with her mother who is currently receiving treatment for cancer in hospital. 'I have been away from home for more than six months. I saw my mum on an internet video link just two days ago, but it’s not the same as being able to give her a big hug. She has timed her hospital treatment so that she can come and greet me at the marina in Qingdao,' added Vicky.

Current overall race leader is OneDLL which is looking to strengthen its position at the top of the leaderboard. Skipper Olly Cotterell commented: 'It has been a phenomenal amount of hard work to get where we are so far in the race. We currently stand just 1.1 points ahead of Henri Lloyd which is a very competitive team, as are third and fourth in the race. At this stage the best approach is to think that everyone is equal at the moment and just move forward as we have been. I know the crew have had a good stop in Singapore and are looking forward to doing their best on this race.'

Henri Lloyd hope to maintain their winning form having taken first in Race 8 to win the Old Pulteney Navigator Cup. Skipper Eric Holden said: 'This is the halfway point so there is still half the race to go; I don’t think we can count on anything at this point. The next two races are going to be quite tough on the boat and punishing with the strong winds and waves. I would really like to get through those without too much damage to the boat as that’s what knocked us off the podium in the first place.

'This race will be a bit of a slog upwind, not the most comfortable point of sail but we’ll grin and bear it, as it will not always be pleasant but there will be lots of good points to the race too, and the crew are looking forward to the challenge too. The harder you have to work the more rewarding it will be arriving at the end.'

The fleet are currently motor sailinginto the South China Sea, east of the Singapore Straits for a Le Mans start at approximately 0900 UTC/1700 local time today (Wednesday 19 February 2014). This is where the teams line up and hoist sails to start racing at the agreed time.

The fleet is expected to reach China between seven - nine March to a spectacular welcome from the people of Qingdao. This will be the fifth time the Clipper Race has visited the city, which was home to the sailing events of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

To view the photo gallery of the fleets departure, click here website


by Ruth Harrington


  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=119430

4:01 AM Thu 20 Feb 2014GMT


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

Click for further information on
2013 - 14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Related News Stories:

19 Feb 2014  The Clipper Race - Sir Robin and Chef Lawrence get Indian pickled
19 Feb 2014  2013 - 14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race to Qingdao starts
17 Feb 2014  Clipper Round the World Race - OneDLL damaged by shark
16 Feb 2014  Clipper Race 2013-14 - Home welcome for Kong Chian
14 Feb 2014  Tight at top of leaderboard as Clipper Race passes half way mark
13 Feb 2014  Clipper Round The World Yacht Race fleet arrive in Singapore
13 Feb 2014  Teams arrive in Singapore for Old Pulteney Navigator Cup
11 Feb 2014  Latest ETAs for fleet arrival into Singapore
09 Feb 2014  Clipper Round the World Brisbane to Singapore Race 8 stopped
07 Feb 2014  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race schedule revised
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

In a lot of ways, it was kind of befitting that the best conditions of the last day of the Sailing World Cup – Melbourne, were saved for the Women’s Laser Radial Medal Race. Apart from highlighting them in glorious sunshine, like Huey’s own spotlights, it also brought into frame that were only two girls 470 crews in attendance for the regatta. ... [more]  

RORC Transatlantic: As with every yacht participating in the race, staff from Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina greeted the French team on arrival with warm congratulations, a cold beer and a welcome basket from the Grenadian Tourism Association on behalf of the people of Grenada. The crew of five looked tired after nearly 17 days at sea, but owner, Frank Lang was full of praise for his crew. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Perpetual Loyal is no stranger to the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Winning line honours in 2011, they have continued to be a contender, especially in heavier breezes. ... [more]  

The website for the 2015 Finn Gold Cup in Takapuna, New Zealand, has been launched. The Finn class is eagerly anticipating a return to Takapuna Boating Club for what will be only the second Finn World Championship to be held in New Zealand. It will have been 35 years since Cam Lewis (USA) beat John Bertrand (USA) in a thrilling final race showdown in 1980, to take the Gold Cup. ... [more]  

Looking for a great Christmas present which you can buy with a few mouse clicks? Bob Fisher's books on the Round the World races, Farr 40's and the definitive America's Cup two volume set are still available, along with other titles from South Atlantic Publishing. ... [more]  

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - In January Nqoba, from Durban, will embark on his Yachtmaster qualification and will have none other than legendary sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to ever sail solo, non-stop round the world in 1968-69, as his mentor as he takes the first steps to realise his dream of circumnavigating the globe at the helm of a Clipper 70. ... [more]  

IFDS 2014 Worlds: But as you reflect back on the year, we hope you will agree that week of competition in Halifax, Nova Scotia set a new standard for disabled sailing. It was the largest world regatta yet with 18 SKUD-18 teams, 14 Sonar teams and 49 2.4mR competitors and the largest number of countries participating. There were some challenging days finding enough wind to race. ... [more]  

The 2015 McDougall + McConaghy Moth World Championship is set to be even more of a spectacle this year, with the return of the Zhik ‘Mothapolooza’ which promises a potential head-to-head with teams of America’s Cup and Olympic sailors. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson Interview - Part 2 - On the Rocks *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ
Part 2 of three part, 80 minute, interview with Team Vestas Wind skipper, Chris Nicholson on the wrecking of the Volvo Ocean Race yacht on an idyllic atoll in the South Indian Ocean during the night of November 29. In this part, Nicholson covers what happened from the time the Volvo65 hit the reef on the SE corner of the Cargados Carajos Shoals. ... [more]  

Last Saturday saw the third annual St. Maarten Regatta Beach Clean-Up organized by the St. Maarten Regatta as part of the Regatta Art Competition. Unfortunately, due to exams, not many children showed up. ... [more]  

US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has released the selection procedures for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team (Sailing) in the 10 events selected for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. The Games of the XXXI Olympiad will take place from August 5-21, 2016, and the sailing events will be based at Marina de Gloria on Rio de Janeiro’s harbor front. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - When the cannon fires sending the 118 entries on their way in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 70th Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on December 26, two yachts will stand out, because they first competed back in the early days of the race. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race have announced from their headquarters in Alicante, Spain that an independent report has been commissioned into the grounding of Team Vestas Wind’s boat on a reef in the Indian Ocean. The report will be released during the Auckland stopover. ... [more]  

The French sailor scratches his newly shaved skin. He tentatively reaches towards a plate of fried chicken pieces. Still not sure. He rubs his chin again. He hesitates. Laurent briefly runs his eye over the other plates, but finally he can no longer resist the crispy fried chicken pieces. 'This is what I’ve been waiting for,' says the cheerful Frenchman. ... [more]  

Transatlantic Race: After time correction, Apollo 7 is leading IRC Two. Nigel's team included three close friends from his home town of Plymouth, Devon: Steve Wassell, James Slater and Mark Davies. Also on board were two offshore specialists: Dan Gohl, a past Class40 world champion and Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Record holder as well as Rolex Fastnet Race winner Brett Aarons. ... [more]  

The 2014 OK Dinghy World Championship opens at Black Rock Yacht Club on Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne, Australia, on December 28th and so far there are around 80 entries, with perhaps a few more before registration closes. This 52nd OK Dinghy World Championship will be the third time that Black Rock YC has hosted the event, following 1982 and 1990. ... [more]  

Adelaide Sailing Club played host once again to the Melges 24 class for its 'Christmas Sprint Series', the third three day M24 regatta in five weeks held by ASC which, (in the same season the club is also hosting the M24 Australian Championship) says something about the power of persuasion, energy and organisation being put in to M24 class by its Australian Secretary Donna Evans. ... [more]  

The team, led by Jerome Clerc, will not compete on the 2015 Extreme circuit but intends instead to focus entirely on the Decision 35 Vulcain Trophy season in Switzerland. The professional sailing squad onboard Realteam capped a superb 2014 season with a third place in Sydney last weekend that put them on the third step of the overall Extreme Sailing Series Championship podium. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson on the Team Vestas Wind disaster - 1 *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ
Part 1 of three part interview with Team Vestas Wind skipper, Chris Nicholson on the wrecking of the Volvo Ocean Race yacht on an idyllic atoll in the South Indian Ocean during the night of November 29. In this part, Nicholson discusses the factors leading up to hitting the reef, interspersed with other research information, charts, video and images. Parts 2 and 3 will follow on consecutive days. ... [more]  

USA 4 Windsurfing campaign by USA 4 Windsurfing Campaign
Change is inevitable. No matter how hard you try to keep things the same, there comes a time when you must move on. The harder you resist, the more difficult the change. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Bob Oatley’s Rolex Sydney Hobart race record holder, Wild Oats XI, is out of the water for a final modification after a high speed and rough weather training run off Sydney. ... [more]  

This is Peter Perfect in the Turbo Terrific from the 60s cartoon series, the Wacky Races. Of course, to Australians and a plethora of motoring enthusiasts the world over, the real life Peter Perfect will always be The King of The Mountain. RIP Brocky (Peter Geoffrey Brock). ... [more]  

RORC Transatlantic Race 2014: The Spirit of Adventure crew of 15 were met dockside by representatives of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and well wishers at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. After enjoying an ice cold beer, the first cold drink for two weeks, the crew cleared customs and headed for the Victory Bar for eggs and bacon. ... [more]  

ISAF World Sailing Rankings - 15 December 2014 - The World Cup Final was a 100-point regatta and whilst Shaw took maximum points, Tartaglini’s eighth was enough for her to hold on to World number one heading into 2015. Shaw remains at World number two with Laura Linares (ITA) at World number three and 2014 World Champion Charline Picon (FRA) at World number four. ... [more]  

Comanche; Supermaxi Showdown VIDEO by Dale Lorimer, Sydney
In what is touted to be one of the most hotly contested Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours battles in recent history, there's been plenty of on-water supermaxi activity over the last week. ... [more]  

Commodores Cup - There was barely four knots of wind for the start of race one today. Brian and I started in port tack, at the committee boat, hit the right corner, and never looked back. There were a few tricky moments on the first run, in four knots of wind, but we managed our position well. For the second lap, the breeze built to six knots and steadied out a bit which made out lives easier. ... [more]  

2014 /2015 International Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Event No. 1 - One final light air race concluded the 2014/15 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series Act No. 1 on Sunday, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club (CGSC) with championship winner Jason Michas on Midnight Blue along with tactician Mark Mendelblatt and crew Trevor Moore winning the final heat and taking the overall win. ... [more]  

2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - Aref Lahham's Swan 68, Yacana crossed the finish line of the RORC Transatlantic Race on Sunday 14th December at 03:25 UTC. The crew are all friends from Greece and the German Frers designed yacht with classic lines is beautifully maintained and balanced for a heavy displacement yacht. ... [more]  

2014 Extreme Sailing Series - Act 8 - The Wave, Muscat’s long tenure of the Extreme Sailing Series crown came to an end in Sydney today when Swiss team Alinghi won the eighth and final Act of the year to take an overall victory in the 2014 series despite a superb late challenge from Tom Slingsby on Oman Air. ... [more]  

Images of the Extreme Sailing Series, Act 8, Sydney, Australia and video about most memorable in the Series' eight-year history. The Series was won by Alinghi after an action packed three days of racing on the confines of Sydney Harbour, which was the venue for the international series for the first time. ... [more]  

In this case it was the 5,220-nautical mile stage from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi – the second stage of this year’s Volvo – that took the crew on the China-sponsored entry Dongfeng Race Team just under 24 days to complete. But the striking thing about the men on board Dongfeng is that all of them were finding it very hard to think of anything except the final few hours. ... [more]  

Larson’s words say it all: 'We’ve had an amazing season with an amazing team. To win the season and the Act on the last day in the conditions we had here in Sydney, which is the best sailing venue in the world, is a special moment that’s going to take a long time to sink in.' ... [more]  

Extreme Sailing Series: Oman Air’s Tom Slingsby (AUS) was awarded the trophy for showcasing the greatest tactical performance and improvement seen this year on a debut appearance at the Extreme Sailing Series™. Series Main Partner, Land Rover presents the Award to teams or individuals in recognition of those who have demonstrated the finest examples of skill, sportsmanship and strength of mind. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Medal Race Images
Extreme Sailing Series: Alinghi dons ESS Crown, Oman Air wins award
18ft Skiffs: Rooklyn scores win in Syd. Barnett Jr. Memorial Trophy
ISAF Sailing World Cup: Fan cranks up for final Melbourne day + Videos
Miami Star Winter Series - Commodores Cup Day 1
Extreme Sailing Series: Delayed coverage - Day 4 +Audio *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng score another excellent result
Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Fleet rumbles in Miami
Extreme Sailing Series - The Wave, Muscat see championship bid slip
2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - From acorns grow oaks
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel (NED) wins Leg 2
2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - Oakcliff Ocean Racing Team wins
Extreme Sailing Series: Day 3 image gallery from Sydney Harbour *Feature
The Extreme Sailing Series™ - Action-packed day on Sydney Harbour
Early Christmas presents for ISAF Sailing World Cup medallists + Video
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 2 finish - Team Brunel wins from Dongfeng *Feature
Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Day 1 overall
2014/2015 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Images by Joy Dunigan
Extreme Sailing Series: Live coverage - Day 3 +Audio *Feature
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta kicks off with successful sponsor party
Successful seventh edition of 2014 World Yacht Racing Forum   
2014 Star Sailors League Finals - Catching up with Robert Stanjek   
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne - Day 6 Preview   
Extreme Sailing Series - Act 8 Photos and season highs and lows video   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Leg Two - Final fight to the finish + Video   
Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 - McMillan tops table in Sydney + Video   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi - Day 2: Extreme Sailing Series, Sydney   
ISAF SWC Melbourne - Top ten prepare for Port Phillip showdown + Video   
Extreme Sailing Series Act Eight 2014 – Photos by Andrea Francolini   
Volvo Ocean Race: Three way alley-brawl on final day of Leg 2 *Feature   
International Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series 2014-15: Holiday heat   
ISAF SWC Melbourne: Family affair for Papua New Guinea sailors + Video   
Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship - Stormy capsize   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Lupa spice it up for Line Honours victory   
Extreme Sailing Series: Replay coverage - Day 2 +Audio *Feature   
America's Cup: Oracle crew member's penalty for cheating is reduced *Feature   
US Tour: Four GC32s to compete at Quantum Key West Race Week + Video   
Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 - Wet, wild and windy   
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Thrilling action on Day 4 + Videos   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne day four - Extreme sailing   


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