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The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 7, Day 3: Upwind but still upbeat

by Clipper Round the World Race 26 Feb 03:08 PST 26 February 2020
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 7, Day 3 © Clipper Race

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.

It's been a bumpy ride but the teams are making good progress, with only 10nm separating the top four (Qingdao, Unicef, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam and Punta del Este).

Says GoToBermuda Skipper, David 'Wavy' Immelman: "We are back to life at an angle. It feels great after life on the drift. But it was a bit of a rude awakening for some, and unfortunately with the bumpy and leanie, also comes the green monster. I had hoped he had left us but no."

Declarations for the double Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprints needed to be made within 48 hours of Race Start and so have now been revealed. Nine teams will be competing for Ocean Sprint North, leaving just two going for Ocean Sprint South.

Teams have declared as follows:

  • Imagine your Korea - North
  • GoToBermuda - North
  • Seattle- North
  • WTC Logistics - South
  • Punta del Este - North
  • Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam - North
  • Dare To Lead - North
  • Zhuhai - North
  • Visit Sanya, China - North
  • Qingdao- South
  • Unicef - North

Current leader of Race 7, Qingdao, is happy to only have one rival for its chosen sprint. Chris Brooks, Qingdao Skipper says: "So the complexity of the Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint worked in our favour and now only one other boat has come for our sprint. That means nine out of eleven boats chose the same sprint.

"We chose the one we thought may suit us best. We are good at reaching and downwind and only mediocre upwind unless there's a bigger tactical influence, so we chose the one most likely downwind given prevailing conditions. So a guaranteed two points minimum. Our sprint competitor is WTC Logistics. No doubt continuing on the theme of overtaking each other with a storm jib up will have some bearing on our times."

Keep an eye on all the action via the Race Viewer as the fleet heads northwards past Taiwan.

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