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The Clipper Race Leg 2 - Race 3, Day 12 - The Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint begins

by Clipper Round the World Race 4 Nov 2019 08:38 PST
The Clipper Race Leg 2 - Race 3, Day 12 © Clipper Race

On Day 12 of the Spinlock South Atlantic Showdown, the fleet are recovering from intense weather conditions as they gear up for a chance to gain extra points in the Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint towards Cape Town.

David Immelman, Skipper on board GoToBermuda, reflected on the latest conditions: "We are now 110 degrees off the wind and flying along. The boat is heeled over, but not something stupid. I keep hearing cheers on deck again as the surfing speed increases, and now a surf at 17 or 18 is just considered slow. So long may it last, especially going into the ocean sprint."

Seventh placed team Visit Sanya, China's Skipper, Seumas Kellock, paints a picture of the past 24 hours, saying: "The wind has come around behind us now and we're going downwind which is much more comfortable but sailing in 60 knots of breeze, downwind, with 6 metre waves is not to be sneered at. Now try doing it at night. However the crew of the good ship Visit Sanya are always up for a challenge and we have got through the night safely and securely, even if I am a little sleep deprived."

On board Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam, Hugo Pickard, the AQP (Additional Qualifying Person) described what it has been like at sea: "We have been beating into increasing winds, Reef 1, 2, 3, Yankee 2, 3, Staysail only, and then the storm jib when wind settled over 50 knots. At those wind speeds, the rain doesn't fall, it travels at a vertical angle and hits you like gravel.

"Spray from the waves crashing on the bow doesn't soak you, it shoots you in the face and tries to take your hood off. The sea state is so sharp that you have to remain on your knees to travel any distance and you hold onto the wheel as much for steering as for not being ejected down to the low side."

The race to Cape Town for South-African born Nick Leggatt, Skipper on Zhuhai, has been a journey home to remember, he commented: "Gosh. That was a bit windy. We sustained 64-70 knots for a while in the evening. Force 12, the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane. Something to talk about in the pub."

Two yachts have now declared their wish to enter Stealth Mode, meaning their position is hidden from the other yachts and the Race Viewer so they can try out various tactical possibilities. While the public will be left questioning the locations of Seattle and Imagine your Korea, the Race Office will be aware of their position at all times, until 1800UTC today for Seattle and 1800UTC on 5 November for Imagine your Korea, who are enjoying a good position, currently in third place on the leaderboard.

The last report from Seattle described a challenging scene, so will the decisions made whilst in Stealth Mode result in a favourable position come this evening? Skipper David Hartshorn reported: "Since dawn (approximately 0500UTC Sunday) we have been battling to keep the boat going in the light windhole that is the centre of the low pressure system, again costing us valuable time and distance towards Cape Town."

The Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint marks the final stretch towards the end of Leg 2 and the fleet's arrival into Cape Town. Looking forward to reaching their destination, Skipper onboard Punta del Este, Jeronimo Santos Gonzalez reflected: "We have 1000 nautical miles left in this race and everybody is thinking about meeting family and friends in Cape Town, to have a rest and to recover from this exciting Leg 2. However, before the celebrations there is a lot of race to play."

Watch every tactical move (besides those in sneaky Stealth Mode) as the teams race through the Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint via the Race Viewer.

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