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

 

Sail-World.com : Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Frustrating conditions

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Frustrating conditions

'The Clipper 11-12 fleet with Corcovado in the background ahead of the start of Race 3 - Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race'    Daniel Zeppe/onEdition

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011-2012 third race, from Rio De Janeiro in Brazil to Cape Town, is currently underway. Light airs across the fleet are hampering progress as the ten teams battle for position in frustrating conditions en route to Cape Town.

Stuart Jackson and his crew on De Lage Landen have managed to hold onto the lead despite the disappearance of the wind overnight.

'After a great day’s sailing making good mileage in the sunshine we are now rolling around with sails slapping back and forth under a full moon,' Stuart said.

'We expected the wind to decrease and veer, which it has done, but it's just a little lighter than expected, so we now have to hope that the more southerly boats haven't escaped unscathed, wishful thinking I'm sure!' Stuart added.

But De Lage Landen’s hopes are well-founded as the whole fleet is experiencing the same frustrating conditions.

The boats that have opted for a southerly route in the hope that they would pick up the wind first are still waiting for their tactics to reap rewards.

Gold Coast Australia has logged a 12-hour run of just 39 miles and skipper Richard Hewson said his hopes of reaching the wind first have yet to be realised.

When Gold Coast Australia hoisted their medium weight spinnaker yesterday, the team hoped that it would be the run they had been searching for to lead them into the strong winds of the South Atlantic.

'Two hours later our hopes were destroyed, as the wind first backed around 40 degrees and then died altogether. As we drifted without wind we watched helplessly on Gold Coast Australia as our nearest rivals, Singapore, only miles to the east, picked up some breeze and sailed across the horizon and away,' Richard said.

As the boats roll aimlessly in the Atlantic swell, the sound of flogging sails is becoming familiar to the teams as they try to keep their boats moving in the wind hole.

'For hours now we have been stopped still in the water. The rolling swell of the South Atlantic has been rocking the boat and knocking the slightest bits of wind that pass over our deck out of the sails preventing them from propelling us forward. The swell passes and the sails invert, cracking like a whip as the boat rolls the other way,' Richard reports.

Visit Finland - Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race -  onEdition ©?nid=88419  

On Visit Finland, the team is focused on catching the current leaders, De Lage Landen and skipper Olly Osborne is all too aware that light airs can often lead to a reshuffle on the leader board. According to Olly, his crew has had to work even harder than ever to keep their 40-tonne Clipper 68 moving towards Cape Town in the light, fickle winds.

'There are significant gains to be made for the teams who are the most focused in these conditions. Good trim is essential as well as plenty of head scratching on the skipper’s part as we try to devise the most effective sail plan. Greg said to me earlier 'I wasn't expecting to use the wind seeker on this leg!' And I don't think I was either but right now every last metre counts,' Olly said.

On Welcome to Yorkshire, skipper Rupert Dean said the frustration of being becalmed is tempered by the knowledge that the rest of the fleet is in the same situation.

'Slat, slat, slat - that's the sound of under-powered sails moving lifelessly from side to side as Welcome to Yorkshire bobs on the ocean swell like a lame duck. It's a sound and motion no sailor likes to experience, bringing frustration to all and considerable wear and tear on the sails, particularly the main,' Rupert said.

'The challenge for us now is to maintain our focus, trim the wind seeker like mad and be patient. Strategically we're not in a bad position, being mid fleet in terms of position and our distance to the finish, but a dose of lady luck would be very welcome right now,' he added

'Yachts to the south of the fleet should be in the best position to get these winds first and their southern strategy looks set to pay off handsomely in the near future,' Rupert said.

On Geraldton Western Australia there is no sign of the breeze and progress has been painfully slow, with skipper Juan Coetzer reporting that his team only managed to log 0.1nm in the hour prior to him filing his report this morning.

'We are sitting in a large wind hole and one minute the wind is coming from the west, then the south, even from the north at times. We’re hoping that when the sun comes up, the wind wakes up too. However, I know the common saying is to be careful what you wish for, and when this front comes, it’s going to be an exciting sleigh ride.'

Meanwhile, Juan and his team are grasping the opportunity to clean up the boat and do some maintenance on board.

'The morale is high, with lots of laughing and joking. The crew understands that ocean racing is about being in the right area and playing for long term goals. So for now it’s back to trim, trim, trim and the wheel of fortune,' Juan said.

Qingdao in the Clipper 11-12 Race fleet parade of sail in Rio de Janeiro. -  Daniel Zeppe/onEdition  

The Qingdao team, currently in third place, is trying to push south east despite the lack of wind and flogging sails.

'We had a nature day yesterday with turtles, whales and even a spot of fishing. Dave, our intrepid fisherman (who has yet to catch a fish), had two bites yesterday but unfortunately on both occasions the fish managed to break the line,' reports Qingdao skipper Ian Conchie.

For the Clipper 11-12 teams, the stopover in Rio provided an opportunity to restock provisions onboard. For the crew members tasked with the responsibility of victualling, language can present problems as common foodstuffs can be mistaken for others as the crew of Qingdao has discovered.

'The packets of yeast we bought in Rio have turned out not to be yeast but rather baking powder! So we are hoping we have enough left over from Leg 1 to make enough bread to get us to Cape Town,' Ian said.

On New York, crew member and wine sales consultant Lisa Perkin who has joined the team in Rio de Janeiro, reports that she has adapted to life on board.

'I've managed to get through some sea sickness and my first round of mother duty. Whilst on mother watch we get a very welcome downtime of 12 hours which has helped me to become more functioning on board,' she said, adding that highlights of the day on board included freshly baked bread and apple pie, some 'great tunes on deck' and a movie night for those off watch.

'As we sail further and further away from Rio and closer and closer to Cape Town, talk on board is changing to what our next destination will bring and excitement is building for what it will be like to sail into Cape Town. I'm personally looking forward to seeing that first glimpse of Table Mountain and rounding the breakwater to see familiar faces on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront,' Lisa said.

In their southerly position along with Gold Coast Australia, Singapore has been trying a variety of sail combinations as the team battles with light airs, confused swell and wind shifts up to 60 degrees.

'For a short while we had the light kite up and were making good progress in the direction we wanted but only for about five minutes. The confused swell only added to the frustration and in the end we opted to keep to white sails for safety and just drift in the right general direction,' skipper Ben Bowley said.

But Ben suspected that things were looking up this morning. 'As I write now the wind has just started to fill in from the north west and fingers crossed it will hold steady enough for us to launch the kite on port gybe. This should enable us to capitalise on being to the south and start to make progress toward the Scoring Gate,' Ben reported.

In the light airs crews have been honing their skills at trimming and helming in light airs. On Edinburgh Inspiring Capital the crew managed the keep their boat moving until the wind died completely overnight leaving them in a 'close quarters drift' with New York.

But conditions have improved this morning, according to Gordon. 'As the morning watch awoke they had a hearty, low-GI breakfast of porridge for lots of energy. Then the wind eventually settled and increased, allowing us to gybe and set for a nice deep spinnaker run. Fingers crossed that we remain in this elusive wind band.'

The Scottish team has taken advantage of the lack of wind to some running repairs on board. 'On the good ship Edinburgh Inspiring Capital every cloud has a silver lining and the light winds have allowed us to crack on with our list of jobs. The crew is becoming very fond of the purple beastie and likes to look after her well. It's great to see such enthusiasm,' Gordon said.

Derry-Londonderry at the start of Race 3 of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race -  Daniel Zeppe/onEdition  

On Derry-Londonderry skipper Mark Light is reflecting on the evolution of ocean yacht racing since Clipper Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston became the first person to sail solo and non-stop round the world in 1969. Mark and his team are acting as ambassadors for Derry-Londonderry around the world and are carrying a range of bright pink kit to promote the brand of the UK City of Culture 2013.

'I know that on Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s first voyage around the world he carried countless tins of bully beef and numerous bottles of whisky. Well we have 52 pink grass skirts, lots of home made pink woolly hats, music by the Pogues and 8000 'You've been LegenDerry'd!' stickers. Oh and let’s not forget the pink sunnies, Brazilian carnival headgear, an ice maker and pink fluffy dice!' Mark said.

'This Clipper Round the World Race is all about the people. Throw in a fast boat, some fantastic places around the world and amazing sailing conditions and you have the perfect adventure,' he said.

The fleet is expected to arrive in Cape Town between 26 and 29 September where they will be berthed at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront until the start of Leg 3 to Geraldton in Western Australia on 5 October.

Positions at 0900 UTC, Tuesday 13 September
Boat - DTF*
1 De Lage Landen - 2877nm
2 Visit Finland - 2881nm (+4nm DTL**)
3 Qingdao - 2888nm (+11nm)
4 Derry-Londonderry - 2902nm (+25nm)
5 Welcome to Yorkshire - 2904nm (+27nm)
6 Singapore - 2913nm (+36nm)
7 Gold Coast Australia - 2920nm (+43nm)
8 New York - 2927nm (+50nm)
9 Edinburgh Inspiring Capital - 2932nm (+55nm)
10 Geraldton Western Australia - 2946nm (+69nm)

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=88419

11:34 AM Tue 13 Sep 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

The fast southeast sailing continues in the Volvo Ocean Race but where excitement and adrenaline began—discomfort has taken over. We’re seeing an average of about 25 knots of wind but the sea state is making life somewhat miserable! ... [more]  

Ensuring a safe fuel supply for America’s 12 million registered boat owners may have to wait, said Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the agency will further delay the final rule on how much ethanol refiners must blend into the nation’s gasoline supply under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). ... [more]  

Yates Cup: US supermaxi Rio100 wins first offshore race *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
The supermaxi Bakewell-White design, Rio100 (Manouch Moshayedi, USA) has won her first race, sailing in the Yates Cup. She finished at 7.30am on Saturday morning, followed by the Botin 80 Beau Geste 14 minutes later with the Volvo 70 Giacomo 67minutes later. ... [more]  

The wind continued to blow on day four of the Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup to produce another action packed day in New Caledonia, as a further three races for the men and four races for the women were completed in 15-25 knot winds. By the end of the day Ben Van Der Steen headed to the top of the rankings after a near perfect display. ... [more]  

The Oman RC44 Cup delivered another challenging sailing day for the fleet competing in the final event of the 2014 Championship Tour. Consistency was hard to come by and no team managed to stay in the top half of the fleet in all three races. Team Aqua was the most consistent team of the day picking up 11-points, Nika and Charisma both added 12-points to their overall score. ... [more]  

To summarize the last 24 hours of the Volvo Ocean Race in one word: change. The weather, the water, the sails, and our bodies are all equally (and rapidly) changing. The first full day at sea, we have experienced what some trips see in a week—if they’re lucky enough. However, that said, change can also be frustrating. ... [more]  

A new and exciting Viper 640 European Event in 2015 has been announced by Rondar Boats Ltd. Lake Garda is one of the great sailing venues and already there are signed up entries from the UK and Australia, with potential entries from the USA. It’s a serious sailing regatta and Italian holiday in one event! ... [more]  

On Monday 17 November, an impressive line-up of speakers at 13th International Sailing Summit shared ideas and best practice from around the world, demonstrating how the sailing industry can change to increase and retain participation, through innovation, technology and cultural changes. British Cycling has seen its membership grow by 567% since 2005. ... [more]  

GC32 Racing Tour: State-of-the-art in catamaran design, the GC32 is attracting considerable interest due to its conceptual similarity to the AC72 and AC62 foiling catamarans pioneered in the America’s Cup. However as the GC32s are smaller one designs with soft sail rigs, they provide both professional teams and private owners with the opportunity to experience airborne catamaran racing. ... [more]  

Designed primarily for single-handed or double-handed racing, the high-performance monohulls have also been a fixture in such East Coast distance races as Newport-to-Bermuda and Marblehead-to-Halifax. Now the Class 40 is coming to the historic Annapolis-to-Newport Race for the first time. ... [more]  

Spectacular performance by Bakewell-White maxi early in first race *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
The revamped Bakewell-White supermaxi, Rio 100 (Manouch Moshayedi) turned in an impressive performance in the opening stages of the Yates Cup. Sailing against a variety of benchmarks which included a a Volvo 70, a Botin 80 and an ORMA 60, Rio 100 came from behind to enjoy an impressive lead over the monohulls after 90 minutes of sailing. ... [more]  

As promised the wind arrived on the third day of the Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup to provide an enthralling day of challenging racing in winds ranging from 10-25 knots. After almost seven hours of racing three eliminations have been completed for the men, whilst four races have been completed for the women. ... [more]  

America's Cup: Team New Zealand responds to Venue rumours *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Emirates Team New Zealand has responded to reports published in Bermuda and mainland USA, that Bermuda has been selected as venue for the 35th America's Cup. In a media release sent mid-afternoon, New Zealand time, Emirates Team NZ CEO Grant Dalton said in response to unconfirmed reports that Bermuda had won the right to host the 35th America’s Cup, that the team had not been told of a decision ... [more]  

Amidst a 10% growth report on having issued over 9000 certificates worldwide in 2014, the recent Annual General Meeting of the Offshore Racing Congress is pleased to announces numerous improvements approved for use in the ORC Rules and policies for 2015. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Leg 2. Team Alvimedica’s OBR Amory Ross reports on the Leg 2 start and progress. Well, now we know what it feels like to be shot from of a cannon! That was utter insanity. When the gun went I think there was almost no wind at all—two knots or something—but as we slowly crept out from under the shadow of Table Mountain it changed drastically. ... [more]  

The start of Leg 2 offered all the wind conditions you could want. I will not lie: I was pretty nervous to begin leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race (Mom called it ‘Stage Fright’); I think the whole team was pretty nervous. Here we are, having confidently completed the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race—after 27 days at sea! ... [more]  

The ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates is set to be 'an experience of a lifetime' according to American Women's 470 sailor Briana Provancha. Some of the world’s top Men’s and Women’s 470 teams will make up the individual fleets with some excellent racing on the cards. ... [more]  

After finishing third in the annual RC44 match race championships, Team Nika seem to have got a taste for the podium. It was a tough day on the water for the start of fleet racing at the RC44 Oman Cup, with many teams struggling for consistency. ... [more]  

St Barth Cata Cup 2014 - Game on! by Dominique Ladouceur
The boats are ready and the sailors have all had a chance to test their catamarans in a very rigorous St-John Bay. The conditions will be windy at the start of this seventh edition of the St-Barth Cata Cup. Sailors will be facing winds from the west at 18 knots with gusts at 22 knots on the first race day. ... [more]  

While more modifications are being mooted for the champion supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI as part of her preparation for next month’s Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race, a high-profile new member of the team was revealed on Sydney Harbour today. ... [more]  

Wild Oats XI and Audi are ready to give the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart a shot! Photos by Andrea Francolini. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Meek's tips pay dividend in Leg 2 squalls and calms *Feature by Bob Fisher, Cape Town, South Africa
The seven competing boats in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 roughly gathered at 6pm local time (1600 Zulu) in a south-easterly wind that peaked at 30-40 knots, which had the local habit of dying away to nothing in places along the shoreline in the lee of Table Mountain. The clever skippers has sought advice from Geoff Meek, a local with a mass of experience ... [more]  

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR), the Emirate’s entry into the Volvo Ocean Race 2014–15, cast off on the next leg of the epic, round-the-world race on Wednesday evening hoping to complete a hat-trick of victories in the best place possible – the team’s home port of Abu Dhabi. ... [more]  

The waiting game continued on day two of the Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup PWA event, but the competitors’ patience wasn’t rewarded on this occasion as the wind remained too light for racing. A few sailors were tempted out onto the water, but apart from a few reaches of sporadic planing, the wind wasn’t enough and soon dropped back after showing promise in the early afternoon. ... [more]  

Over 600 scientists gathered in Barcelona for the second International Ocean Research Conference have this evening named the skippers in the Barcelona World Race, the first and only double-handed, round the world regatta with no stops, as scientific agents during their upcoming circumnavigation of the globe, departing from the Catalan capital on December 31st. ... [more]  

Team Alvimedica set out on the 6,125 nautical mile race to Abu Dhabi today, as they sailed out of Cape Town at the start of Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race. After a brief lap of Table Bay, with the Turkish/American boat close to the lead, it was straight into battle. ... [more]  

Skippers of the seven boats in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, which set out for the 6,125 nautical mile (nm) Leg 2 from Cape From the very start on Wednesday (1800 local/1600 UTC), the sailors were given a taste of things to come with gusts of up to 35 knots kicking up a procession of white-capped waves. It was a question of 'don't break your boat' as most opted for conservative sail choices, whil ... [more]  

An invigorated, rested and relatively relaxed crew on Team SCA led the Volvo Ocean Race fleet from Cape Town late this afternoon at the start Leg Two of the Volvo Ocean Race to Abu Dhabi. The 6,125-mile leg will provide a large variety of conditions and will require good seamanship and good navigational choices. ... [more]  

A whole host of Olympic heroes and World Champions will fight it out in the Nacra 17 at the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 26-30 November 2014. The 17-boat Nacra 17 fleet features an abundance of Olympians with no less than 18 appearances stemming from Atlanta 1996 within the 17-boat fleet of 34 sailors. ... [more]  

The ISAF Sailing World Cup Final Finn fleet is made up of some exceptional talent with Great Britain's Ed Wright and Pieter Jan Postma (NED) coming in to Abu Dhabi, UAE with good form. Wright has been a permanent fixture on World Championship and ISAF Sailing World Cup podiums in recent years. ... [more]  

The RC44 Oman Cup opened with the season’s final day of match racing. Defending champions Team Aqua held a slim one-point lead over Synergy Russian Sailing Team who were fighting for the trophy they last won in 2012. Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika started the day in third, with Hugues Lepic just two-points adrift in fourth and keen to get the French flag onto the podium. ... [more]  

Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race is underway. Catch ther replay here, if you missed the 90 minutes of racing action in Cape Town. The sailing is spectacular! ... [more]  

Visiting Cape Town was more than just a stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race for Team Alvimedica, but was an opportunity to really get to know the people and the culture of the 'mother city.' Take a look at how the team get involved while in Cape Town from meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu to visiting heart surgery patients at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital. ... [more]  

15th Ambassadors Cup - Brazil claims victory
Route du Rhum - Alex Pella first ever Spanish skipper to finish first
SSL Finals 2014 - Star World Champion Stanjek to race with Olesen
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne: Finn fight looming on Port Phillip
Rugby man appointed Chief Executive Officer of Yachting Australia
Welcome back: Congressional Cup Joins Alpari World Match Racing Tour
18ft Skiffs: Smeg's second Red-Line run down Sydney harbour in 40kts *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race: Start Wednesday - Cyclone season awaits Leg 2 fleet
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Opening day in New Caledonia
RORC Transatlantic Race - Competitive fleet ready to race
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 2 Media Conference - Full replay *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Vestas Wind ready to race
Volvo Ocean Race: Young sailors get behind ADOR ahead of Leg 2
18fters: Getting through the 'Death Zone' in a 35kt breeze *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race: Sam Davies speaks openly about the first leg *Feature
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final: Exciting 49er and 49erFX action expected
America's Cup: Significant changes made to Protocol, but issues remain *Feature
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - the 70th
Stoke Beer 18ft Skiff Auckland Champs: Knight Frank lead after 5 races
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - RS:X elite Abu Dhabi bound
120 boat start line for Tasar Worlds in Busselton   
Melges 24 U.S. Nationals - Full Throttle team grabs their sixth title   
RC44 Oman Cup - Grand final showdown on the horizon   
Visit Doyle Sails New Zealand at METS 2014   
Top Kiwi Finn sailor debuts in the 2014 Star Sailors League Finals   
2014 Butler Cup - Shane Young wins match race regatta   
Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from Nov 16 show *Feature   
2014 Melges 24 U.S. National Championship - Moon wind   
Australian 18ft Skiffs: 40kt winds cancel race but Witt sails + Video   
2014 Melges 24 US National Championship - Day 2 images by Joy Dunigan   
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi are the Kings of Cape Town   
Volvo Ocean Race: In Port races do count *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi rules in Cape Town In Port Race   
Volvo Ocean Race - Tricky In-Port Race for Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA third in Cape Town In-Port Race   
A Sailor's Dream Home in the beautiful Bay of Islands - Auction 22 Nov   
Volvo Ocean Race: Cape Town In Port Race video and Media Conference *Feature   
2014 Brazilian Championship - Day 2   
2014 U.S. Melges 24 National Championship - Long haul   
2014 - 15 Volvo Ocean Race - The thinking trio   


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 WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT