Please select your home edition
Edition
Highfield Boats - SW - 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

Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam tops Race 9 podium as Clipper Race 9: WTC Logistics Tri-Race concludes

by Emma Harrison 15 Mar 2020 02:26 PDT 15 March 2020
Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam tops Race 9 podium - Clipper Race Leg 6 © Clipper Race

Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam has claimed its second win of the Clipper 2019-20 Race after crossing the WTC Logistics Tri-Race finishing line in first place ahead of competitors Punta del Este and Visit Sanya, China which finished in second and third place respectively.

Crossing the finish line at the Race 9 Mandatory Finish Gate at 20.07.22 UTC on Saturday 14 March. The team, led by Skipper Josh Stickland, claimed victory after what had been a very close and competitive race.

He said: "The team are feeling good and rightly so they really got stuck in from the get go, and a big thanks for their patience with me - it was nerve wracking stuff from the end of the Ocean Sprint Gate 6 onwards. The weather conditions could not have been better for the Leg 6 crew to start their adventure. It was the classic triangle course that had all the elements of sailing up wind beam reach down wind and of course a wind hole.

"We are very happy with the second win, but we are only focusing on the next race now it's the North Pacific and that's all anyone is thinking about."

Race 9 was short but sweet and was full of strategy and excitement. Without doubt, it was one of the closest races so far with the majority of the fleet staying within 25nm of each other for the duration of the offshore course. The conditions were generally good with favourable winds which resulted in some energetic and high intensity racing on all points of sail.

Light winds at the northern part of the course saw the fleet compress and saw Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam and second-placed Punta del Este, which finished at 20:29:11 UTC, take advantage of the increased wind speed after rounding the mark and entering the third sprint section.

Skipper of Punta del Este Jeronimo Santos Gonzalez said: "Race 9 was as a race as it should be with speed, good breeze, wind holes, sailing fights at close quarters and lots of change in positions.
"During the third Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint Punta del Este again fought hard with Visit Sanya, China and Unicef knowing that the inevitable frustration that comes with wind holes would impact us at some point. Whilst slowly gaining on Visit Sanya, China the crew were constantly trimming the sails day and night..Marginal gains are everything when racing a matched fleet and mistakes must be kept to a minimum. We did it in the end, holding our breath until the last minute."

The ninth race in the Clipper 2019-20 Race edition, a 750 nautical mile race, named The WTC Logistics Tri-Race was the shortest race of the circumnavigation after the route was amended. The fleet sailed the triangular course out of Subic Bay in the Philippines into the South China sea.

Each team could opt to take part in two out of the three Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprints and Skippers had to declare their intentions within six hours of Race Start.

For the top three fastest teams in each sprint there is the added bonus of being awarded extra points - of which could make all the difference in both this races' results as well as the overall leaderboard.

Race 9 results and finish times:

Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam - 20.07.22 UTC
Punta del Este - 20:29:11 UTC
Visit Sanya, China - 20:47.32 UTC
Seattle - 21:36:28 UTC
Unicef - 21:48:06 UTC
Zhuhai - 22:38:06 UTC
WTC Logistics - 22:42:16 UTC
Go To Bermuda - 22:53:50 UTC
Dare To Lead - 22:55:50 UTC
Qingdao - 23:04:50 UTC
Imagine Your Korea - 02:54:00 UTC

Related Articles

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
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
Clipper Race: When the fog rolls in
Sailing offshore can be challenging yet beautiful For those lucky enough to know, sailing offshore can be challenging yet beautiful. The freedom that sailing affords takes you to different places, both geographically and mentally. Posted on 14 Mar
Meet the Clipper Race crew - Denis Nikolaytsev
Denis signed up to cross the Atlantic Ocean during the Clipper 2019-20 Race Despite having no previous sailing experience, Denis Nikolaytsev, 35, signed up to cross the Atlantic Ocean during the Clipper 2019-20 Race. Posted on 7 Mar
Four hours should be plenty of time to cook...
Crew Perspective from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race On Visit Sanya, we run a 3 watch system. The various support watches have a set task and for Leg 5 that task is done for the whole of the leg as there is a 2hr time change between Airlie Beach & Subic Bay so there is no opportunity to shift meal times. Posted on 13 Feb
One year on: The Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival
A year ago, the Clipper Race fleet was welcomed by the azure warm waters A year ago, the Clipper Race fleet was welcomed by the azure warm waters and white sandy shores of the Whitsundays after spending 19 tough days at sea racing around the coast of Australia. Posted on 31 Jan
It is supposed to make me uncomfortable!
Clipper Race crew perspective As someone who had never sailed before the four weeks training, I cannot believe that I have been on the ocean as part of the crew for 13 days already! Posted on 10 Jan
Navigating the nerve centre of a Clipper 70
Nav station houses all the necessary instruments and systems to safely navigate the vessel If you care to venture down below deck on a state-of-the-art Clipper 70 racing yacht, follow the narrow corridor aft to either port or starboard. Posted on 9 Jan
Clipper Race crew member embarks on next adventure
Adventurer doesn't seem to be enough to describe 50-year-old Craig Forsyth Adventurer doesn't seem to be enough to describe 50-year-old Clipper Race Alumni Craig Forsyth. Craig, a bricklayer and former professional Rugby League player from York, UK holds the title for taking part in the most editions of the Clipper Race. Posted on 13 Dec 2020
Sir Robin rooting for Alex Thomson
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston sends a message of good luck ahead of the Vendée Globe With the Vendée Globe 2020-21 set to begin, Clipper Race Founder and Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, sends a message of good luck to the Clipper 1998 Race winning Skipper Alex Thomson ahead his latest campaign. Posted on 8 Nov 2020
Cyclops 2020 - SmartlinkNano - FOOTERHella Dual Colour Floodlights - 728 x 90px - 002 gif BottomSOUTHERN-SPARS-MISSY-FURLING-BOOMS-728-X-90 Bottom