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

 

Sail-World.com : Sea conditions force cautious approach

Sea conditions force cautious approach

'Qingdao sail change - Clipper 07-08'    Clipper Ventures PLC ©    Click Here to view large photo

The positions have held over the last 24 hours, with the four-way battle for third place still raging. Durban 2010 and Beyond, continuing her move south, has almost rejoined the fleet in the same patch of water and it will be interesting to watch where her tactical move north finally places her. She has certainly gained over the two boats who have dropped south of the main pack, Nova Scotia and Liverpool 08 who have been experiencing marginally
lighter winds.

Skipper Ricky Chalmers has another decision to make. He says, 'There will come a point where we can squeeze the extra half a knot out of the Durban 2010 and Beyond racing machine by putting up the big white kite. When? That
is the question. Sea state is calming down a bit, but is still quite rolly. Putting up the kite too early in rolly seas could induce a broach in too much wind and constant collapses will lead to inconsistent speeds and a lower average speed anyway. But, launched at the right time, we will be faster – and that's what will count if we are to beat the other boats.'

On Uniquely Singapore, one of the other yachts in contention for third place, skipper Mark Preedy is also taking the safety over speed approach. He says, 'Now the wind is settling down and we really need to be shy reaching but I have few who could helm in this swell that is coming from the northwest. We will be broaching a lot which will just be too dangerous and likely cause breakages!'

The wind is due to come around to the north by Tuesday and by Tuesday afternoon the fleet will be packing away their spinnakers and experiencing headwinds, and mostly light headwinds at that, all the way to Oahu.

Whilst consistent steady runs mean that the distances to finish are ticking down, the crew will also look for other significant milestones to mark their progress towards their destination. During the next 24 hours at least the front six boats will experience one of the biggest on this race – crossing the International Date Line.

Circumnavigator and Race Secretary, Lizzie Nicholas, says, 'Although this does not necessarily bring about the same traditional celebrations as an Equator crossing, where King Neptune pays a visit and the uninitiated are ‘judged’ in his court, crossing the Date Line by yacht is a rarer achievement and one of some personal significance, in particular to the
skipper and the round the worlders on board.

'They have already covered more than half the mileage of their circumnavigation course, set by Clipper, and they are more than half way in terms of time, but crossing this imaginary line and watching the GPS longitude tick over from east to west means that they have now travelled more than a hemisphere away from the 16 September start in Liverpool, England. And they now have less than half the world to go before the triumphal finish in Liverpool’s Albert Dock on 5 July.'

The fleet is approaching another milestone, too – the start of the Hawaiian Island Chain, which begins just over the Date Line. The yachts will most likely stay to the north of the chain to experience the better winds and the reputed small but positive current on that side. There is no doubt that as the yachts pass Midway Island, they will cast their eyes to starboard and think of their fellow crew members on westernaustralia2011.com who will need to make a pitstop there.

The WA entry continues to make great progress under jury rig, managing an 86 nautical mile run in the 12 hours to 0600 GMT. Spirits remain high and those with an engineering bent are enjoying the challenge of finding additional ways to improve on their reduced rig!

Skipper Martin Silk says, 'Today, with plotter showing 99 hours to Midway, it not only felt like we were making progress, but also that we should celebrate. After pondering over two brown tarpaulins the decision was made.
Out came the heavy weight cross cut number 3 kite, but even with an extra low pole it just didn’t look quite right.'

The yachts will be berthed in Ala Wai harbour, Honolulu, where they will be hosted by the Waikiki Yacht Club, Hawaii Yacht Club and Magic Island Petroleum during the stopover in Hawaii. Updated estimated arrival times will be published online at www.clipperroundtheworld.com as the fleet nears its destination.

POSITIONS AT 0600 GMT, 10 MARCH 2008

1. Hull & Humber: Distance to Finish (DTF) 1306
2. New York: DTF 1330 (Distance to Leader 24)
3. Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper: DTF 1351 (+45)
4. Qingdao: DTF 1359 (+53)
5. Uniquely Singapore: DTF 1364 (+58)
6. Durban 2010 and Beyond: DTF 1367 (+61)
7. Liverpool 08ipper: DTF 1413 (+107)
8. Nova Scotia: DTF 1488 (+182)
9. Jamaica: DTF 1573 (+267)
10. westernaustralia2011.com: DTF 1915 (+609)

www.clipperroundtheworld.com

Berths are currently available for the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht
Race. For more information call +44 (0) 2392 526000 or email
oceanracer@clipperroundtheworld.com.




by Clipper event media

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=42531

8:38 PM Mon 10 Mar 2008 GMT






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

Click for further information on
Clipper 07-08 Round the World Race

Related News Stories:

06 Jul 2008  Clipper 07-08 fleet arrives in Liverpool
05 Jul 2008  New York claims overall victory in Clipper 07-08
05 Jul 2008  Clipper Fleet head into final port - Liverpool
04 Jul 2008  Hull & Humber leads Clipper Race 14 to Liverpool
29 Jun 2008  Clipper New York first into Cork
28 Jun 2008  New York heading for Corker of a finish Sat AM
26 Jun 2008  Liverpool 08 benefits from southerly route
25 Jun 2008  Qingdao victorious in overnight battle for lead
25 Jun 2008  New York leads as light winds hit Clipper fleet
24 Jun 2008  Tail enders succumb to light winds in race to Cork
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World











470 Men and Women Worlds - Champions decided in Santander by International 470 Class Association,
















































Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,








ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - RS:X winner images by Barbara Sanchez
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 470 spots awarded
52 Super Series 2015 - Outlook looks hot for the 52 Super Series
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - Another early start on day 4
ISAF Sailing World - First entry leaves sailor's reputation in tatters
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Four go through to quarter finals
470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard
ISAF Sailing World Champ - Buckingham finishes with career-best result
America's Cup: Oracle's Larry Ellison to step down as CEO
Classic Yacht Regatta - Sonny takes top classic prize
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham finishes with career best
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 RS:X spots claimed
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Leaderboards shaping up in Santander + Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Giles Scott continues to extend lead
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 7 images by Sailing Energy
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Laser and Radial winner images by Jesus Renedo
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Medal Race images by Sail-World.com
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Dutch dominate Laser and Radial in Santander
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing more than doubles overall lead
J/24 World Championship - Excitement builds for Newport racing
Volvo Ocean Race - Seb Marsset joins Team Alvimedica   
Fall Seamanship training opportunities at New York Yacht Club   
Rolex Big Boat Series: More images from San Francisco - Final Day   
AWT Hatteras Wave Jam action commences on day 3   
Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from San Francisco - Final Day   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here   
Hobie 16 Open North American Championships and Pan Am Games qualifier   
ISAF Sailing World Championship - Videos from Santander   
ISAF Sailing Worlds: Buckingham into Medal Race, 470's stay consistent   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Defending champion on top   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race   
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target   
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded   
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage   
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years   


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