sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Clipper Round the World Race–Gold Coast Australia battle to stay ahead

Clipper Round the World Race–Gold Coast Australia battle to stay ahead

'Gold Coast Australia set sail in race two (from Madeira to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race'    onEdition ©

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011-2012 second race in leg one, which started in Madeira and will finish in Rio De Janeiro, is currently underway. Being at the front of the fleet is never a relaxing place to be, especially when the wind dies and the chasing pack starts to close in.

But that is exactly the uncomfortable position that Richard Hewson and his crew onboard Gold Coast Australia are in as they approach Rio de Janeiro at the end of race two. With Welcome to Yorkshire eating into their lead, pulling back 17 miles in 24 hours, Gold Coast Australia is just 47 miles ahead with just 400 miles to go.

Skipper Richard Hewson admits he is looking over his shoulder: 'As predicted Gold Coast Australia is currently sitting between two weather systems and experiencing very little wind as we continue our run down the Brazilian Coast. This will allow the rest of the fleet to make some ground on us over the next 12 hours or so and we are constantly monitoring Welcome to Yorkshire's position.'

But Gold Coast Australia will be relieved to know that Welcome to Yorkshire is also battling with falling breeze.

Skipper Rupert Dean said: 'The wind is decreasing in the area we are in, causing the fleet to compress. Its direction is slowly backing to the east north east, moving the windex [the arrow at the top of the mast showing the wind direction] aft towards a beam reach. The challenge for Gold Coast Australia, Singapore and ourselves is to keep our boats moving adequately under white sails until the moment comes when we can hoist the spinnaker.'

But timing the switch to the spinnaker correctly is crucial, he explains. 'Hoisting too soon forces you to bear off towards the Brazilian coast, risking losing wind and current close inshore. Hoisting too late adds unnecessary extra distance away from the rhumb line, which may result in the wind backing totally behind you, making it difficult to hold a course exactly where you want to go,' Rupert said.

Like Gold Coast Australia at the front, Welcome to Yorkshire is following every move of her rivals in order to capitalise on any opportunities that arise. 'Even at this late stage, the race is still relatively wide open so we are avidly studying each other's positions at each sched to determine our next move. The distance to Rio might seem relatively small yet to us those cold beers seem some distance away,' Rupert said, in the hope that the distance to the finish provides enough time for his team to reel in the leaders.

Ben Bowley, skipper of Singapore, said his crew has been kept on its toes over the last 24 hours as the wind has backed to a more easterly direction. 'This has meant that the crew has needed to keep a constant eye on sail trim with the direction and strength changing on a minute-by-minute basis. This is where it is so important to keep the focus and ensure that the boat is constantly trimmed just so for the conditions keeping the boat speed as high as it can be.'

Despite the wind angle now being favourable to fly the spinnaker on Singapore, Ben is understandably apprehensive following the steering failure they experienced earlier in the race. 'The wind is now far enough aft that it would be advantageous to set our spinnaker, something that we have not done since our steering failure. We are still very wary of loading up the temporary repair too much but also keen to try and gain some miles on the boats in front,' Ben said.

Like so many things in ocean racing it is a balancing act to push the boat as hard as possible without risking damage that could put the crew right at the back of the fleet. 'I have had to be patient and persuade the crew that it’s better to finish in third than to bust the steering and have some of the boats behind us snatch our precious podium away from us,' Ben concedes.

After encountering very little traffic since leaving Madeira, the fleet is getting accustomed to a much higher level of shipping as they approach Rio and its surrounding oil fields. The ten crews keep a good look out round the clock, both visually and using radar, to ensure that they keep well clear of the giant vessels which are becoming a more common sight.

Geraldton Western Australia set sail in race two (from Madeira to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race -  onEdition ©?nid=87872  

Geraldton Western Australia skipper Juan Coetzer said: 'There are a lot more ships about these days and every once in a while we call them up just to check they have seen us. Every time they respond with same question: ‘What are you doing out here?'

As well as dodging shipping, the teams are also dealing with numerous squalls and the resulting wind shifts. Mat Booth, skipper of De Lage Landen, said: 'Last night was a bit like a mine field of squalls, dodging some and taking others squarely on the chin. The main annoyance of these pesky clouds is the considerable, normally unfavourable wind shifts that come with them. The crew has been dealing with them admirably, tucking reefs in quickly and playing the main traveller and sheet like pros!'

Increased shipping traffic is also keeping Mat’s crew on its toes. 'As we head towards Rio shipping has increased. With over a hundred oil rigs between us and the finish I've reminded the crew of the importance of vigilance when it comes to keeping a sharp look out,' he said.

Ian Conchie on Qingdao said his crew is regularly tracking up to four ships at a time as they progress southwards. The extra vigilance is paying dividends though as they have also spotted a number of large whales as well as lots of flying fish. A less welcome sight for the Qingdao crew is the increased level of rubbish in the sea they have seen over recent days.
'After a couple of weeks out away from land we have got used to lovely clear water and now to start seeing plastic bottles, bags and so on floating past is proof if any were needed that we are nearing land again,' Ian said.

New York set sail in race two (from Madeira to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race -  onEdition ©?nid=87872  

Crew member on New York, Andrew Priest, admits that the crew is starting to feel the strain after its first Atlantic crossing of the 40,000-mile circumnavigation. 'Ocean racing requires 24 hour vigilance and effort and we are all starting to feel the strain of the four weeks we have been at sea since Southampton, excluding our short, and now seemingly long-ago, pitstop in Madeira. Heads need servicing, clothes need a fresh water wash and most of the crew need a very thorough high pressure hosing down,' he said.

To help break the monotony of a long ocean race, the New York crew has been indulging in some liquid refreshment that is proving popular with various Clipper teams according to recent reports: the UHT chocolate milkshake.

For Gareth on New York, the recipe involved mixing milk powder and chocolate powder with water and then shaking the concoction in an empty five-litre juice bottle.

'It might not have been Monaco style and Tom Cruise in Cocktail it certainly was not, but it was something different and helped make our dinner of beef stew taste even sweeter,' Andrew reported.

Meanwhile, trailing Edinburgh Inspiring Capital by 203 miles at the back of the fleet Derry-Londonderry has been tackling the Ocean Sprint with mixed fortunes. As the point is on offer to the fastest boat between five degrees south and 10 degrees south, approximately 300 miles, the team’s position relative to the rest of the fleet is immaterial.

Derry-Londonderry’s skipper Mark Light, said: 'Although we didn't have a great wind angle, we were travelling directly south so had the benefit of the shortest route between the two points. We started well with speeds up to 9.5 knots but then got totally becalmed after a squall for about an hour and since then we’ve suffered one squall after another all night.'

In the middle of the fleet with some 314 miles to the leader, Visit Finland is still pushing hard. Skipper Olly Osborne said: 'We are now making great speeds and really pushing hard to maintain a 10-knot average speed. The wind is further forward than it has been over the last couple of days allowing us to push for greater speed on a fine reach during the last sprint towards Cabo Frio [the final waypoint].'

Although a podium finish might be out of reach, an inter-watch competition is underway to see which watch will cover the most miles to the finish. 'I am sure the overall effect on the boat speed has been very beneficial, and the winning watch will be treated to a three-course meal with wine by their crewmates,' Olly said.

Olly said that things might reshuffle as the boats reach the more fickle breeze along the coast. 'We are hanging on to our fifth position and although it seems unlikely that we will reach the lead boats the crew are focused on making the extra miles,' he said.

As every ocean racer knows, the race is not over until you are safely over the line and that line is still a nerve-wracking distance away even for the leaders. Right at the front of the fleet, Richard Hewson on Gold Coast Australia will be all too aware of this. 'It’s never over till the fat lady sings,' another skipper has reminded him this week. He will be hoping that the big woman is tuning up as his crew battle to stay ahead as they eat up the miles to the finish over the coming days.
The first boats are expected to arrive in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.

Positions at 0900 UTC, Monday 29 August
Boat / DTF*
1 Gold Coast Australia / 400nm
2 Welcome to Yorkshire / 447nm (+47nm DTL**)
3 Singapore / 483nm (+83nm)
4 New York / 636nm (+236nm)
5 Visit Finland / 715nm (+314nm)
6 Geraldton Western Australia / 812nm (+412nm)
7 Qingdao / 874nm (+477nm)
8 De Lage Landen / 877nm (+477nm)
9 Edinburgh Inspiring Capital / 923nm (+523nm)
10 Derry-Londonderry / 1,127nm (+726nm)

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

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=87872

11:54 AM Mon 29 Aug 2011 GMT






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


Related News Stories:

31 Oct 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - First Clipper 70 hits the UK
18 Oct 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to support youth cancer charity
16 Oct 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Deputy Race Director appointed
23 Jul 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Victory for Gold Coast Australia
21 Jul 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet on final phase
20 Jul 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet face tightly packed finish
19 Jul 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet head to Southampton
13 Jul 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Qingdao cross Race 14 finish
12 Jul 2012  Clipper Round the World Race - Singapore first over Race 14 finish
12 Jul 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 14 finish fast approaching
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day 14 onboard Team Alvimedica. Our boat smells a bit better this morning and I’m not sure if it’s because the gnarly concoction of freeze-dried brew in the bow has been sacrificed to the sea along with some of Mark, Charlie, and Alberto’s head hair, or if it’s because those three have had a complete bathing following said sacrifice to King Neptune. ... [more]  

A remarkable list of contributors to sailing in the U.S. were presented with US Sailing’s highest honors during Friday night’s Awards Dinner, presented by Rolex, at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Heading for the speedway to Cape Town *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
The Volvo Ocean race fleet are now all around the turning mark of Fernando de Noronha, and have continued down the Brazilian coast. Currently the first three yachts, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Team Brunel and Team Vestas Wind are all travelling at 17kts, as they travel around the St Helena High. ... [more]  

Join the crew of the ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing as they slash 20 minutes off their previous record for the PIC Coastal Classic on Friday. The Coastal Classic is a 119nm course from Auckland to Russell in the Bay of Islands. Originally conceived as a drag race between multihulls and monohulls ... [more]  

The 35th Rolex Middle Sea Race was one to remember. Not only for international fleet that, for the third year in a row, set a record number of entries, but for the array of conditions that the yachts faced. From no wind to too much; from flat calm to turbulent seas; from going nowhere to flying fast and furious: the 606-nm mythical racecourse offered everything. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day 14 onboard Team SCA. I’m discovering there are two types of days offshore: the days where not much happens, and the days where so much happens it’s hard to believe that’s just one day! Yesterday was one of those days and I’m unsure where to begin! ... [more]  

Day four at the 2014 RS:X Youth Worlds in Clearwater, Florida, and the sound of the day was that of racers whooping and hollering past the race committee boats (two imposing 44-ft power catamarans provided by event sponsor MarineMax) in a breeze that high-wind specialists had been waiting for all week. ... [more]  

The prize giving ceremony for the Rolex Middle Sea Race was held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, one of Valletta's most historic venues. Honoured guests included: The Minister of Tourism; The Hon Dr. Edward Zammit Lewis. ... [more]  

Dongfeng Race Team is putting in a dominant performance at the China Cup International Regatta, with scores of 1,1,1,2 so far in IRC Division B, with last year’s winner Whiskey Jack in second. The Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 is skippered by the boat’s designer, Frenchman Daniel Andrieu. ... [more]  

2014 Optimist World Championship - The first stage of the OptiWorlds Argentina 2014 schedule has finished today. The fleet was divided in three equal parts: the first third is gold, the second one is silver and the last fleet is bronze. This individual regatta continues next Tuesday. ... [more]  

2014 - 15 Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing won the race to the Equator late on Thursday and were in good shape to make the turning mark of Fernando de Noronha at the head of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet as their six rivals were still playing catch-up despite finally escaping the Doldrums. ... [more]  

After more than 17 years with the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Jerome has decided to pursue other professional challenges. ... [more]  

2014 Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - Stamina and determination were key factors for the competitors racing in day two of the Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup today. The 14 international guests and 26 young Bermudians finished five races on Bermuda’s Great Sound. This is a test of endurance for any sailor especially young ones. ... [more]  

With less than a day left to reach the turning mark at Fernando de Nonoha, 220nm off the coast of Brazil, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing has retained the lead she built in the Doldrums. She is unlikely to be headed, although the second boat on the water, Team Brunel is projected to be less than an hour behind at Fernando ... [more]  

2014 International Masters Regatta - Anyone heading out to San Diego Bay this weekend is likely to witness some of sailing’s most legendary skippers show exactly why they’ve earned the reputation as the best in the business. Established in 1975 by Don Trask, the International Masters Regatta features the best master sailors from around the world and is being hosted by the San Diego Yacht Club ... [more]  

One flight of the Quarter Finals was sailed Friday afternoon following the completion of the Qualifying Rounds and the selection of opponents and draw for boats. The Quarter Finals set Ian Williams against Marek Stanczyk, Taylor Canfield against Steffan Lindberg, Eric Monnin against Pierre Morvan, and an all Swedish pairing of Bjorn Hansen against Johnie Berntsson. ... [more]  

What could be better than racing for three days with over 2000 of the world's best sailors? How about racing for four days! The St.Maarten Heineken Regatta is proud to announce that their pre-event, the Gill Commodore's Cup, is accepting entries in all boat categories (excluding Lottery Class). ... [more]  

The seventh day of the La Torche PWA Grand Slam saw the light winds continue, despite a promising forecast for today. In the late afternoon a few of the sailors took part in a tow-in training session as there is scope to run a tow-in contest tomorrow, with the forecast looking glassy. ... [more]  

Picture postcard perfect conditions returned to Bermuda for the third and final day of Qualifying at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour. After yesterday’s torrential rain, Hamilton Harbour was bathed in glorious sunshine and breeze that by lunchtime was gusting up to the mid-teens. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Leaders pass Fernando and head for Cape Town *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Volvo Ocean Race Control reports that the lead boats in the 40,000nm race have rounded, or rather passed, the turning point off Fernando de Noronha. They are now proceeding down the Brazilian coast, to round the back of the South Atlantic high pressure zone , and have what is expected to be a fast ride to the Leg 1 finish in Cape Town. ... [more]  

Melges 32 Gold Cup on the horizon by International Melges 32 Class Association
With a fleet and sailors as diverse as the nightlife on Ocean Avenue, the Melges 32 Gold Cup, hosted by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club kicks off in just two weeks, featuring eighteen ultra-high performance Melges 32 teams from nine different countries. ... [more]  

Rolex Middle Sea Race - Keeping a good watch by Media Royal Malta Yacht Club
Peter Dimech, Principal Race Officer and Race Chair spoke about the storm that raged through the Rolex Middle Sea Race fleet. “The remaining yachts racing in the Rolex Middle Sea Race are expected to arrive at the Royal Malta Yacht Club by today and tomorrow. Whilst the wind speed has decreased, the sea state is still significant and we are keeping a close watch on the yachts still at sea. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Onboard Team Alvimedica. I’d hate to come across as being impossible to please but after days of wanting out of the doldrums, days of struggling with routines, with sleep, with a lack of regularity and consistency to our schedules, and of course--predictability to the weather—we’re 'out' and still trying to find it ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day 13 onboard Team SCA. I’m unsure if I should be nervous, excited, stressed, or thrilled today. As today I get to have fish guts smeared over me only to then become officially apart of King Neptune’s kingdom. ... [more]  

There was a shakeup at the top on day three of the 2014 RS:X Youth Worlds in Clearwater, Florida! Fully recharged thanks to the lay day yesterday, all competitors were eager to enter the final stretch of the competition in Clearwater, and the planing conditions in the forecast certainly contributed to the excitement on the beach. ... [more]  

The opening day of the 105-boat China Cup International Regatta saw old rivalries renewed in the Beneteau 40.7 class, as Vatti Sailing stole victory from Vanke Longcheer in the opening Simpson Marine Passage Race from Hong Kong to Shenzhen. ... [more]  

Team Alvimedica Navigational Strategist, Anderson Reggio, explains the issues ahead of the crews in the remaining half of leg 1 of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. After the Equator and Fernando, the weather looks to be shaping up to be pretty standard for the South Atlantic. The St Helena High which typically dominates this body of water is the main driver for breeze in the short term. ... [more]  

The next landmark, or ‘sea mark’ if you will, for Leg 1 is crossing the Equator, as Team Alvimedica continue to make their way south to round Fernando de Noronha off the coast of Brazil. Crossing this latitude is not like crossing any other on their way around the world, but has special significance for sailors who have never crossed the 0° parallel of latitude. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Mapfre cruzará el Ecuador hacia las 13:00 aproximadamente. ... [more]  

Argo Group Gold Cup - A front slowly crossing Bermuda brought with it an overcast sky and rain squalls. Nonetheless, despite squelching their way ashore completely soaked, the Group 2 crews enjoyed the morning’s stronger breeze, the wind less shifty having veered into the southwest overnight, blowing down Hamilton Harbour rather than across it. ... [more]  

RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup - In second place, Adam Larson of Bermuda has seven points and had a great day on the water today. Larson, whose family is still without electricity after Hurricane Gonzalo, said he has been getting to bed a lot earlier these days and feels that the conditions also favored his performance today. ... [more]  

As predicted in last night's preview in Sail-World, the ORMA 60 TeamVodafone Sailing has set a new course record for the 119nm course in the PIC Coastal Classic. ... [more]  

Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One, top seed in Group 2, is the first skipper to qualify for the Quarter Finals in the 2014 Argo Group Cup. Canfield lost his first match in day one of racing against Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing. Since then the number two skipper on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour has sailed to seven straight points. ... [more]  

La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Waiting game continues on day 6
Volvo Ocean Race - Anything can happen in the Doldrums
Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing first to exit the Doldrums
Volvo Ocean Race - Day 12 for Team Alvimedica
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Luna Sea 100th entry for 628 nautical mile race
Student Yachting World Cup - England emerges victorious
RORC Transatlantic Race fast approaching
Star Sailors League Finals - Three American greats to compete
America's Cup: Airbus and Oracle Team USA forge technology partnership
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Another dramatic day
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Artie confirmed as overall winner
Argo Group Gold Cup - Near perfect start for GAC Pindar
Volvo Ocean Race - A nightmare for sailors
The 2014 Severne Starboard Aloha Classic is coming...
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Artie's heroic return
Argo Group Gold Cup - Slender lead for Marek Stanczyk
Ben Ainslie Racing foiling on the Solent + Video *Feature
METS names DAME Award nominees
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - A day of rest for wave sailors
Rolex Middle Sea Race - A day of reckoning for the fleet
Volvo Ocean Race - Playing the Doldrums lottery   
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng Race Team takes on the Doldrums   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica, somewhere in the windless ITCZ   
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Artie gunning for glory   
Volvo Ocean Race - Another perspective from Team SCA   
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Success in San Francisco   
RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championship - Intense racing + Video   
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Big breeze and lumpy seas   
The first sail that changes lives   
Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 10 plus Videos *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 turns inside out in Doldums *Feature   
34th Student Yachting World Cup La Rochelle 2014 - Fifth race day   
2014 Argo Group Gold Cup - Match racers defy Gonzalo   
Volvo Ocean Race: Big gains for two boats in Doldrums *Feature   
Argo Group Gold Cup - Qualifying Groups set   
Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - Kids breeze past Hurricane Gonzalo   
DSS to revolutionise IMOCA 60s, both new and old   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami: Groupe Beneteau sponsors US Sailing Team   
Volvo Ocean Race - The bright side of the Doldrums   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Vestas Wind contemplates the tropics + Video   


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