Please select your home edition
Edition
Melges IC37 2019 Leaderboard
JOIN THE RACE JOIN THE 2019-20 RACE MAGAZINE DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL SOUVENIR RACE MAGAZINE Check out the latest photo galleries from The Clipper Race
UNICEF ABOUT UNICEF

The Clipper Race Leg 1 - Race 2, Day 16

by Clipper Round the World Race 1 Oct 2019 04:55 PDT 1 October 2019
The Clipper Race Leg 1 - Race 2, Day 16 © Clipper Race

At the approximate halfway point of Race 2: The Commodore's cup, from Portimão to Punta del Este, the teams have been appreciating the exceptional sailing conditions and many, on the sixteenth day of racing, have celebrated crossing the equator and reaching the Southern Hemisphere.

"A new day, a new month, a new season and a new hemisphere!" Said Dare To Lead Skipper Guy Waites after crossing the equator at sunset on 30 September.

He added: "A small offering was made to King Neptune, just enough to keep the peace, a baptism of our good ship CV27 Dare To Lead for taking good care of us and a slice of home baked fruitcake thanks to my sister Heather, baked to our long standing family recipe, delicious we all agreed! It seemed appropriate that we witnessed the sun setting on the Northern Hemisphere, September and autumn, and today, the dawn rising on the Southern Hemisphere, October and spring. In one single moment we have transcended winter."

On board Zhuhai the milestone was marked at 0323UTC on 1 October with music, freshly baked 'equator cake' and all hands on deck to witness the occasion. Skipper Nick Leggatt explained: "Apparently King Neptune has been busy welcoming some of our competitors to the Southern Hemisphere, so he asked to be excused from tonight's festivities in order that he could get some rest. He assures me that he will make it to our daily crew Happy Hour at lunch time, when the Pollywogs can officially be initiated as Shellbacks."

At the back of the fleet, Imagine your Korea, Punta del Este and GoToBermuda are all thankful to be free of the Doldrums Corridor but it has not been easy. David Immellman, Skipper of GoToBermuda, explained: "The wind was backing and veering through about 20 degrees, making it a very active beat, not to mention building and dropping through 5-8 knots of wind speed. After the gate we had found the wind stayed in the south, unlike what was predicted, so we have had to push hard on the wind, losing speed to height as we had to move away from the light airs ridging in from the north again. After dark the wind finally started to back and we could start to head more south than west, so long may that last."

Imagine your Korea has experienced similar frustrations but Skipper Mike Surridge said: "The boat seems to be relishing her regained freedom, settling into a deep groove and hurrying south with little effort required from her crew. It has been tough to watch the others pulling further ahead as we worked hard for our slow progress out of the southern gate - but we were reminded this afternoon that, competition aside, we're enjoying some exceptional days of sailing."

At the other end of the leaderboard the leaders, Visit Sanya, China and Qingdao, have reached the start of the Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint and as both are experiencing similar consistent trade winds and a moderate sea state competition between the two remains fierce.

Conditions are looking favourable for the Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint. Which of the eleven teams will be able to clinch the final bonus points of Race 2? Keep a close eye on the Clipper Race viewer to follow the progress of the fleet.

Related Articles

The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 7, Day 5
Headsails, tactics and hard work Qingdao is currently in first place closely followed by Unicef, less than 15nm behind, and Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam in third as the fleet approaches the Japanese island of Maiyakojima. Posted on 28 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 7, Day 4
Punta del Este and Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam are currently neck and neck It's been some time since the Race Viewer has depicted the combined Clipper Race fleet as achieving a speed over ground of more than five knots, but the fourth day of Race 7: The Lakewood Hills, Zhuhai Race can boast that. Posted on 27 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 7, Day 3
It's been a bumpy ride but the teams are making good progress Three days into Race 7: The Lakewood Hills, Zhuhai Race, the fleet has been beating upwind and heading north towards Virtual Mark Massey, named after Qingdao's First Mate Rhiannon. Posted on 26 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 7, Day 2
Another intense day on the water for the eleven teams The inshore or offshore choice had to be made and as the fleet converges to pass Mark Massey, and clear the wind shadow of the Philippines, the inshore route looks to have paid off with Qingdao, Punta del Este and Unicef currently leading the fleet. Posted on 25 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 7, Day 1
Race route altered because of coronavirus concerns Following the spectacle and ceremony of the fleet's departure from the Subic Bay Yacht Club in the Philippines, Race 7: The Lakewood Hills, Zhuhai Race is under way! Posted on 24 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 7
The Lakewood Hills, Zhuhai Race commences Race 7: The Lakewood Hills, Zhuhai Race is under way. The eleven strong fleet of 70ft racing yachts lined up in the sunshine to slip lines, leaving the Subic Bay Yacht Club behind on Sunday 23 February at 0400 UTC (1200 LT). Posted on 24 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 7 preview
The Lakewood Hills, Zhuhai Race ubic Bay has given the hard working Race Crew an opportunity to relax, take time away from their 70ft homes and enjoy some of the Filipino culture and culinary delicacies. Posted on 23 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Dare To Lead update
Al Jay, will take over as the Clipper Race AQP of Dare To Lead Experienced First Mate, Al Jay, will take over as the Clipper Race AQP of Dare To Lead, supporting the team from Leg 6 and for the remainder of the circumnavigation. Posted on 22 Feb
Nailbiting conclusion to Sanya Tropical Race
WTC Logistics scoops top spot and first podium of the Clipper 2019-20 Race WTC Logistics clinched victory in Race 6: The Sanya Tropical Paradise from the Whitsundays, Australia to Subic Bay, Philippines in dramatic fashion. Overtaking Qingdao and Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam, who finished second and third respectively Posted on 15 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 6, Day 26
The race remains: Each team made a valiant effort in their quest WTC Logistics, Qingdao and Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam have arrived into Subic Bay, Philippines securing first, second and third podium places respectively in Race 6. Posted on 14 Feb
ETNZShop-TEAMSHOP-728x90 HR BottomZhik 2020 AnneMarieRindom FOOTERNaiad 660x82px_Rescue