Please select your home edition
Edition
Fever-Tree 728x90
JOIN THE RACE JOIN THE 2017-18 RACE MAGAZINE DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL SOUVENIR RACE MAGAZINE Check out the latest photo galleries from the Clipper 2015-16 Race
UNICEF ABOUT UNICEF

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 11, Day 10: Scene set for tight finish

by Clipper Race 13 Jun 03:44 PDT 13 June 2018
Day 10, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 11: Nasdaq Race | Panama to New York © Clipper Race

The Clipper Race fleet leading pack has entered what should be the final 24 hours of Race 11: Nasdaq Race from Panama to New York, but finishing positions are still very much up for grabs.

Just like the majority of the races so far in the Clipper 2017-18 Race, the end of Race 11 is set to be a close one. The latest Estimated Time of Arrivals has the majority of the teams crossing the finish line within an eleven-hour period, from mid-afternoon UTC time today.

PSP Logistics remains in first place for a fifth consecutive day and has a 30 nautical mile (nm) lead on the second placed GREAT Britain, with just 77nm to run until the finish line. And PSP Logistics Skipper Matt Mitchell is enjoying where his team is at, saying: "We are ghosting along towards the finish line with just under 80 nautical miles to go as I write. It's been a lovely day today with nice clear skies and decent breeze."

Things are far less settled in the chasing pack. Currently, there is just 26nm separating second from sixth, and with the wind is forecasted to remain patchy for the next 24 hours, the final two spots on the podium are anyone's. GREAT Britain Skipper Dave Hartshorn explains: "The interesting bit is, no one knows what the end picture looks like. Earlier we were thundering along at 14-15 knots, now we are just making 7 knots."

Sanya Serenity Coast, currently in third place, has also been experiencing changeable conditions. Skipper Wendy Tuck reports: "So, it's been a very mixed up sort of day. Started off blast reaching smoking along with the aid of the Gulf Stream. It was a bit of a rodeo ride and very splashy but heaps of fun. Then more reaching with an easing wind and sea state. Finally popped the kite and now charging to the finish line.

"Unicef is in our rear-view mirror, snapping at our heals, and over on the other side of the course we have Garmin and Nasdaq. In the last couple of position reports we have traded places from third to sixth - it is a fight to the end."

In order to podium in its home port of New York, the sixth placed Nasdaq will no doubt be looking for the same speed which saw it win the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint. Nasdaq picked up three bonus points after completing the 180nm sprint in 15 hours, 14 minutes, and 10 seconds, at a very impressive average speed of just under 12 knots. Garmin was just 29 minutes and 1 second behind to earn two bonus points, whilst GREAT Britain set the third fastest time, 16 hours, 24 minutes, and 25 seconds - just 15 minutes ahead of the fourth placed Qingdao - to collect one point.

On the push to the finish line, Nasdaq Skipper Rob Graham says: "We spent last night weaving around some very shifty winds as a squally weather front passed overhead, then had a few hours storming progress northwards helped by the Gulf Stream.

"Conditions were initially a little sporty for the Code 2 (Mediumweight Spinnaker) but have been easing ever since, so I'm now going back on deck for a peel to the Code 1 (Lightweight Spinnaker)."

To follow the progress of the teams, keep an eye on the Clipper Race Viewer. You can also read the Skipper Blogs in full in the team pages or learn more about life on board in the Crew Diaries.

Related Articles

Clipper Race reveals partnership with Zhuhai
Multi-million pound partnership with Chinese City As China experiences rapid growth of its sailing industry, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has revealed that the 'Islands and Sailing' city of Zhuhai, China, is to become a Host Port and Team Partner Posted on 31 Jul
Female skippers dominate the Clipper Race
Only one male on the podium of the 2017/2018 Clipper Round The World Race Tuck and Henderson were joined on the winner's podium by Chris Kobusch (GER; 32), skipper of Qingdao, who was the sole male skipper honored at the victory ceremony. Posted on 30 Jul
Clipper Race makes history in Liverpool
Australian sailor Wendy Tuck becomes first woman to win a round the world yacht race History has been made in Liverpool on Saturday as Australian sailor, Wendy Tuck, became the first ever woman to win a round the world yacht race after leading her Sanya Serenity Coast team to clinch overall victory in the Clipper 2017-18 Race. Posted on 29 Jul
What a race: The Clipper Race skippers reflect
One last sprint remains before the incredible adventure comes to a close Just one last sprint remains before the incredible adventure that has been the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race comes to a close and the party in Liverpool officially begins. Posted on 28 Jul
First Woman to Win a Round the World Yacht Race
History made as Wendy Tuck guides Sanya Serenity Coast team across the line History has been made as Australian Sailor Wendy Tuck becomes the first woman to ever win a round the world yacht race after clinching the overall victory in the Clipper 2017-18 Race. Posted on 27 Jul
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 13, Day 5
There are just hours left in the final race Qingdao, barring any mishap or weather change, seems set to take the win and Skipper Chris Kobusch says: "The tide turned earlier this morning and we are seeing double digits on the speedometer again. Posted on 27 Jul
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 13, Day 4
The end is in sight and the kites are flying The two teams gunning for the overall win – Sanya Serenity Coast and Visit Seattle – remain mid-fleet on day four of the thirteenth and final race of the Clipper 2017-18 Race. Posted on 26 Jul
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 13, Day 3
The final race remains anyone's After dropping in the standings yesterday, Visit Seattle worked hard overnight to move back in touch with the main chasing pack. Skipper Nikki Henderson explains: "Life feels brighter today. Posted on 25 Jul
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 13, Day 2
Dominated by a continued tough upwind beat With the teams tacking and trimming to keep Virtual Mark Hutchings to port, positions are changing all the time, with new race leaders emerging today. Posted on 24 Jul
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 13, Day 1
The final race got underway yesterday following a spectacular stopover The start line, positioned between Greencastle and Magilligan Point was tightly contested. First to cross was Dare To Lead, shortly followed by Unicef and the two teams battling it out for the overall title, Sanya Serenity Coast and Visit Seattle. Posted on 23 Jul
Nebo 660x82 1RS Sailing BOTTOMSealegs - On the water 660x82-1