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The Clipper Race Leg 2 - Race 3, Day 8 - South Atlantic Low

by Clipper Round the World Race 31 Oct 2019 05:29 PDT
The Clipper Race Leg 2 - Race 3, Day 8 © Clipper Race

On Day 8 of Race 3: The Spinlock South Atlantic Showdown the fleet is in the throws of a South Atlantic low as it races towards Cape Town.

Seumas Kellock, Visit Sanya, China Skipper exclaimed: "Some more quick days like today ahead of us I hope. There are waves breaking over the deck and spray making sure no one comes out dry, now this is more like the South Atlantic!"

The fleet is grouped more or less in line, with each team attempting to position itself to make the most of the increased wind speeds and ride the edge of the low pressure system. Less than 20 nautical miles separates the top four; Seattle leads for a third consecutive day, with Punta del Este and Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam moving up into second and third respectively.

Unicef Skipper Ian Wiggin explains: "All the boats are now in line, abreast in a drag race to the finish - still some 2000 miles away. We are in the middle of the line, with options to head slightly north or south, depending on how the systems evolve, so hopefully we are well placed. We just need to make the right call (it's so easy when you type it!) and we will fly towards the sights of Cape Town."

It has been a busy 24hrs on board all the yachts. Check out the Race Viewer and Skipper blogs for all the insights into life on board.

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