Please select your home edition
Edition
Clipper Ventures
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 3 - Race 4, Day 8 - Bonus Points

by Clipper Round the World Race 25 Nov 2019 04:38 PST 25 November 2019
Big waves behind WTC Logistics - The Clipper Race Leg 3 - Race 4, Day 8 © Clipper Race

Leading the charge to Fremantle, for a fourth consecutive day, Qingdao held off Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam to cross the Scoring Gate first and stake a claim on the first bonus points of Race 4: The Marlow Southern Ocean Sleigh Ride.

"The day started in some tricky spinnaker conditions, before the wind increased gradually and moved forward to make it a white sails approach into the Scoring Gate.

"We passed through the scoring gate in the early hours of this morning and it looked like we may well have been pretty successful in our efforts towards it." Said Rhiannon Massey, AQP on board Qingdao.

With three bonus points for first across the line, two for second and one for third, the bonus points soon add up and could make a huge difference in the overall standings. Whilst the results won't be confirmed until three teams have crossed and been verified by Clipper Race officials, it is neck and neck between Zhuhai and Imagine your Korea for the final point on offer.

Nick Leggatt, Skipper of Zhuhai said: "This is getting exciting. Qingdao and Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam have just gone through the scoring gate and third place is up for grabs with only about 12 nautical miles separating us and Imagine your Korea.

"At the last position report we were ahead but they were going faster than us. At the moment it is very windy, rainy and rough and although we are pushing hard to stay ahead it is not at the expense of sailing safely, so we are hoping that we will strike just the right balance to be successful. We will know the result in about 12 hours time. Game on."

Imagine your Korea has also been keeping a close eye on Zhuhai's progress with Skipper Dan Smith saying: "Soon we will see how quick Zhuhai has been through the night and see if there is any chance of a point at the scoring gate. Either way we are going east with maximum speed and a tired but motivated crew are pushing the boat hard."

Keep an eye on the Race Viewer to see which team will clench the final point. As the racing teams continue to make fast progress east, Unicef, diverting to Durban for the medevac of crew member Andrew Toms, is expected to reach its destination late Tuesday evening on 26 November update here.

Related Articles

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston: Sailing Legend
Feature-length sailing documentary film chronicling the extraordinary man A feature-length sailing documentary film chronicling the extraordinary life, career and record-breaking voyage of the legendary ocean racer and adventurer Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. Posted on 17 May
Earth Day: A spotlight on sustainable practices
Clipper Race aims to create a greater link between communities and the ocean In celebration of Earth Day 2020, we are shining a spotlight on Clipper Race Partners who remain committed to implementing sustainable practices throughout their businesses. Posted on 26 Apr
Interview with Ollie Phillips
Clipper Veteran and ex-England Rugby Captain It's not every day that Sir Robin Knox-Johnson suggests you join the Clipper Round the World race! This is what happened to Ollie Phillips after a career changing injury, and 3 weeks later he was starting his training. Posted on 19 Apr
Insights from Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
A person who chose extreme isolation Clipper Race Founder and Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, shares his insights on how to make the most of being in isolation. Posted on 17 Apr
Racing into a Force 12 storm - Video
Wind consistently above 70kts, 10+ meter waves, the South Atlantic put on a great show Between Uruguay and South Africa we got a classic big southern low pressure. Wind consistently above 70kts, 10+ meter waves, the South Atlantic put on a great show and reveal its true nature: raw, powerful. Posted on 15 Apr
Unicef: A time to stand together
A variety of helpful resources created by Clipper Race Charity Partner During this truly unprecedented and difficult time, Clipper Race Charity Partner, Unicef UK and its entire global family, offer all of their support to Clipper Race Crew, Supporters and Partners. Posted on 9 Apr
The unstoppable journey - 2021
The Clipper 2019-20 Race will resume in early 2021 The Clipper 2019-20 Race will resume in early 2021 to complete the final three legs and the full circumnavigation. Posted on 4 Apr
The WTC Logistics Tri-Race Ocean Sprint results
The heat was turned up for Race 9 The Clipper 2019-20 Race is currently on hold for now, however, we have a battle for points to celebrate. Posted on 22 Mar
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston Interview
Following the Clipper 2019-20 Race Suspension The Clipper 2019-20 Race has been suspended with immediate effect, following the ongoing global outbreak of Covid-19 and the enormous impact it has created on world travel. Posted on 20 Mar
Update from Clipper Race Organising Committee
Quarantine on crew in Subic Bay has now been lifted We are pleased to announce that the quarantine on our crew in Subic Bay has now been lifted and they are able to leave the marina. Posted on 18 Mar
MBW newsletters (top)