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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race continues to heat up

'Race 14 Day 4 - Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011-12'    onEdition ©

Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day four of race fourteen from Derry-Londonderry to Den Helder, the Netherlands. The ten ocean racing yachts take on the tactical challenge of timing the notorious tidal gates of the North Sea, in an attempt to win a coveted podium position.

Gold Coast Australia continues to lead the pack whilst in the last 24 hours Singapore has successfully challenged Visit Finland for second place. With just two miles separating the yachts, the race continues to heat up.

Singapore skipper, Ben Bowley described the power of the tides and the importance of timing them correctly, 'We were being swept along at ten knots whereas Visit Finland was being pinned back by the tide and making no more than four knots over the ground. This allowed us to slip on the inside of them, cutting the north Shore of Stroma Island by around half a mile.'

With just 19 miles currently separating first place Gold Coast Australia and fifth place De Lage Landen, the race is still anyone’s for the taking, 'With less than 400 miles to go until we reach Den Helder, this race is going to be decided fairly quickly. There is still everything left to play for, as there are only a few miles separating all ten yachts,' explained Stuart Jackson, skipper of the Dutch entry, De Lage Landen.

During the fleet’s stay in Den Helder, Recruitment Manager David Cusworth will be holding free hour long presentations for those interested in taking part in the future races. Click here to find out more about the Clipper Race Roadshow.

Latest boat positions

Position

Team

DTF

DTL

1

Gold Coast Australia

315 NM

0 NM

2

Singapore

321 NM

7 NM

3

Visit Finland

322 NM

7 NM

4

Edinburgh Inspiring Capital

331 NM

17 NM

5

De Lage Landen

334 NM

19 NM

6

Welcome to Yorkshire

343 NM

28 NM

7

Qingdao

354 NM

40 NM

8

Derry-Londonderry

365 NM

50 NM

9

New York

370 NM

55 NM

10

Geraldton Western Australia

378 NM

63 NM


Full positions are updated every three hours and can be found online along with daily skipper reports.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race website


by Ruth Harrington

  

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