Please select your home edition
Edition
Hyde Sails 2021 - Basic LEADERBOARD
JOIN THE RACE JOIN THE RACE MAGAZINE DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL SOUVENIR RACE MAGAZINE Check out the latest photo galleries from The Clipper Race
UNICEF ABOUT UNICEF

Nailbiting conclusion to Sanya Tropical Paradise Race

by Grace Kitching 14 Feb 2020 23:18 PST
WTC Logistics celebrates winning Race 6 - 2019-20 Clipper Race © Clipper Ventures

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, in the final 36hrs of racing.

Despite being a race of 3,800 nautical miles, Race 6 saw the first three teams arrive within 2 hours, 37 minutes and 19 seconds of each other. The varied tropical weather was a dominant feature in this race and it was a considerable area of light wind that disrupted the leaderboard in the final few days of racing.

Skippered by Rich Gould, alongside first mate Dan Jones, WTC Logistics will grace the top of the Race 6 podium in what is the team's highest ranked achievement to date. Speaking upon his arrival, Skipper Rich Gould said: "The last 36 hours you could cut the tension on board with a knife!

"It was a long race with some big tactical decisions. I think some of those decisions we played quite well. There was also an element of luck in it with the windholes, but the guys have been working really really hard to get us to where we finished and of course there is also the couple of points that we picked up with the Scoring Gate. All in all, an excellent result."

Race 6 commenced on the east side of the Great Barrier Reef, following the first Le Mans start of the 2019-20 edition, the fleet headed north as did the temperatures. A first for many, and a second time for the Clipper 2019-20 Race, the teams crossed the equator in fine style, paying tribute to the achievement as seafarers have done for centuries. Welcoming the return of King Neptune and his court where Pollywogs became trusty Shellbacks.

The doldrums brought some unnerving conditions in the shape of squalls in-between becalming sea states. As the teams headed north, the winds built, giving the crews a chance to have a thrilling ride around the Philippines coast before lightwind tactics came into play in the Luzon Strait.

Race 6 also was a reflection on the overall leaderboard seeing leaders Qingdao and Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam cover each other for the duration. Both securing their fifth podium finishes of the 2019-20 edition to date, meaning that they hold onto their respective places at the top of the overall leaderboard at the halfway point of the circumnavigation.

Skipper of Qingdao, Chris Brooks, said: "It's [Race 6] been a long race and a lot has been in light or no wind! I'm always interested and intrigued by looking at how to try and make the boat go faster and try and find an advantage, but this race has foiled us in many ways. When there is no wind, you may know where the best place to be is, but you can't get there."

The Sanya Tropical Paradise Race was named in honour of Sanya as its original route was scheduled to stop in the stunning destination on Hainan Island. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the visit to Sanya was postponed, however the team brought the city's spirit with them as they arrived into Subic Bay Marina in the Philippines in fourth after narrowly missing out on a podium by just 39 minutes and 55 seconds.

The remaining teams continute to arrive at Subic Bay Yacht Club where they will be berthed for the duration of the stopover.

The Sanya Tropical Paradise Race was named in honour of Sanya as its original route was scheduled to stop in the stunning destination on Hainan Island. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the visit to Sanya was postponed, however the team brought the city's spirit with them as they arrived into Subic Bay Marina in the Philippines in fourth after narrowly missing out on a podium by just 39 minutes and 55 seconds.

The remaining teams continute to arrive at Subic Bay Yacht Club where they will be berthed for the duration of the stopover.

Related Articles

Clipper Race AQPS confirmed for race restart
The 'First Mates' who will support the Race Skippers The Clipper Race has confirmed its lineup of AQPs (Additional Qualified Persons), also known as 'First Mates', who will support the Race Skippers in leading the eleven teams competing in the Clipper 2019-20 Race when it restarts in March 2022 Posted on 30 Dec 2021
Skippers confirmed for Clipper Race restart
Proud to welcome back the returning skippers and four new sailors We are pleased to announce the lineup of Race Skippers who will compete in the Clipper 2019-20 Race when it restarts next year. Posted on 15 Dec 2021
Clipper Race to restart in 2022
As it receives Special Event Permit from the Philippines The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has announced it will be resuming its 2019-20 edition in March next year after receiving a Special Event Permit from the Philippines. Posted on 20 Nov 2021
Clipper Race first mate takes on Mini Transat
Clipper Race is renowned for training people with no previous sailing experience Whilst the Clipper Race is renowned for training people with no previous sailing experience to become ocean racers, the event also provides challenges and new skills to more experienced sailors; including its professional Race Skippers and First Mates. Posted on 26 Sep 2021
Life changing adventure restores confidence
The Our Isles and Oceans project launched in June and is training young people to sail An organisation providing funded sailing training programmes off the West Coast of Scotland has been described as a 'life changing experience' by participants. Posted on 20 Sep 2021
New project to help recover from pandemic effects
The Our Isles and Oceans initiative is working with the Clipper Race to offer sail training. A new scheme for young people affected by the pandemic begins in Oban, Scotland today and the first participants include a cabaret singer, intensive care doctor and a student. Posted on 30 Jul 2021
Clipper Round the World launches new initiative
Providing funded sailing programmes for young people affected by lockdown The Clipper Race has partnered with a new campaign, Our Isles and Oceans, which will create funded programmes for young people affected by the pandemic and lockdown. Posted on 11 Jun 2021
Reach for the Sky
A Clipper 70 shrinks to toy-boat size from 25 metres up One of the tasks on board that may polarise Clipper Race Crew, is the need to ascend the lofty heights of the mast. Some thrill seekers on board will jump at the opportunity and others could not be dragged up there by wild horses. Posted on 31 May 2021
Meet the Clipper Race crew: Carola Göhlich
A Clipper Race poster on the London Underground was her inspiration A Clipper Race poster on the London Underground was the inspiration for Carola Göhlich, who hails from Switzerland, to sign up for Leg 1: The Atlantic Trade Winds Leg. Posted on 8 May 2021
Clipper 2019-20 Race to restart in February 2022
Postponed race will eventually restart from Subic Bay We have made the difficult decision to postpone the restart of the Clipper 2019-20 Race. Posted on 28 Apr 2021
North Sails 2021 Innovation - FOOTERASB21-SW-1456x180-Banner-Bottom-2C-Tech 2021 SnuffAir 728x90 BOTTOM