Please select your home edition
Edition
leaderboard with question mark E6 launch 2021
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

Clipper Race 10: Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint victory for Qingdao

by Clipper Round the World Race 1 May 16:33 PDT
Clipper Race 10: Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint © Clipper Race

Now that Qingdao has completed the Ocean Sprint section of Race 10: Sailing City - Qingdao cup, the final results are in. Qingdao put in an impressive time to take the win, followed by Imagine your Korea and Visit Sanya, China following in second and third.

The Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint was between 146 degreesW and 140 degreesW and the distance on the rhumb line across was approximately 250nm. As with all Ocean Sprints, the teams had varying conditions on arrival and during the sprint section. The Qingdao team worked hard to race across approximately 248nm in 21 hours 10 mins 12 seconds, which gave an impressive average speed of just under 12 knots. Imagine your Korea grabbed second fastest and Visit Sanya, China secured the third fastest time in a close sprint, with less than an hour separating second and third position.

On completing the sprint, Qingdao Skipper Chris Brooks said: "We finished the sprint which was epic, the team worked so hard using as much canvas as we could safely carry. For the later stages we were averaging 14 knots which was very useful to our overall time.

"Qingdao are so enthralled with winning the Ocean Sprint. We knew that we had good conditions for the sprint but beyond this the team worked very hard. We had a reasonable expectation of the times to beat but never took our feet off the gas. It was important following our unfortunate circumstances passaging across the North Pacific, that Qingdao were able to triumph in the face of adversity. Everyone on board suffered the bitter cold conditions working so hard to achieve what we have."

Race Crew on Qingdao, Lisa Sumpter, reported on the experience of racing in the Ocean Sprint. From the North Pacific she reports: "For the first time since we detoured to Japan we are back in the race; fighting for points! Yesterday, at 16:52, we started the Ocean Sprint. This was the first opportunity we had to race against the fleet, albeit weeks later than them.

"We continued in our watches, with our best helms battling the wind and waves; each watch determined to beat the average speed of the last. There were shouts at watch change over of '54 miles' and 'top speed 22.8 knots!' The excitement continued through the night and on watch changeover the Code 2 spinnaker came down and the Yankee 1 went up - we lost sleep, but it was satisfying all the same. As the finish coordinates neared both watches waited in eager anticipation. Shouts of delight were captured on video as our sprint finished at 14:07. We cannot wait to catch up with the fleet and regain our racing, winning spirit!"

The Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint results are as follows:

1st Qingdao 3 points
2nd Imagine your Korea 2 points
3rd Visit Sanya, China 1 point

Commenting on his team's result, Imagine your Korea Skipper Rob Graham said: "Imagine your Korea are super excited with our Ocean Sprint result for Race 10. We pushed hard and felt at the time that we had done well, but didn't know how well. So it turns out that Qingdao were luckier with their weather than us, and took advantage of it, but well done to them and Visit Sanya, China, it's good to put two more points on the board."

Mary Vaughan-Jones, AQP on Visit Sanya, China added: "We're super chuffed on board with our Ocean Sprint point. After twirling around in the centre of a low for some of it we didn't expect too much. Considering the challenges of the last race for our boat and the bitter ending we had, it's nice to have an extra point on the board as a solid show of how hard the crew worked to stay competitive."

Full results below:

21:10:12 Qingdao
28:36:48 Imagine your Korea
29:25:25 Visit Sanya, China
30:07:36 Seattle
30:31:10 Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam
31:05:28 Unicef
31:32:40 Zhuhai
32:03:00 GoToBermuda
32:13:54 Punta del Este
33:26:48 WTC Logistics
33:41:43 Dare To Lead

Race 11: Seattle Pacific Challenge is now under way following a Le Mans Start, with ten teams making their way down the west coast of the USA.

Qingdao continues to make strong progress toward San Francisco, and the team is due to arrive into Schoonmaker Point Marina, Sausalito between 1800-0000 local time on 6 May / 0100-0700 UTC 7 May. (ETA as of 04:00 UTC 3 May)

Follow the teams on the Race Viewer.

For more information visit www.clipperroundtheworld.com.

Related Articles

Sun-drenched Race 13 prizegiving
The ceremony took place on the sun-soaked waterside terrace of Surf City The Race 13 Prizegiving ceremony took place on the sun-soaked waterside terrace of Surf City, Jersey City, looking out over the marina and Manhattan skyline. Posted on 26 Jun
Clipper Race: Qingdao take the Race 13 win
700nm mile sprint from Bermuda to New York The 700nm mile Race 13 from Bermuda to New York had an upwind start. This four to five day race then quickly became a tactical battle to navigate the light patches ahead. Posted on 25 Jun
Clipper Race Sprint from Bermuda - Race 13 results
A tactical battle to navigate the light patches to New York The 700nm mile Race 13 from Bermuda to New York had an upwind start. This four to five day race then quickly became a tactical battle to navigate the light patches ahead. Posted on 24 Jun
Final Leg of the Clipper Race off to Le Mans Start
Leg 8: The Atlantic Homecoming leg began at 2100 UTC Leg 8: The Atlantic Homecoming leg, which is the final stage of the Clipper 2019-20 Race, began at 1800 Local Time (2100 UTC) by way of a Le Mans Start. Posted on 22 Jun
Clipper Race 13 conditions - A tactical sprint
Kicking off the start of the final leg of the Clipper 2019-20 Race Kicking off the start of the final leg of the Clipper 2019-20 Race is Race 13, a short sprint from the island paradise of Bermuda to New York, where crew will get to experience sailing into the city, past the Statue of Liberty Posted on 20 Jun
Fitting finale for Bermudaful stopover
A week of sunshine and island life for Clipper Race Crew The Bermuda stopover came to a close today, following a week of sunshine and island life for Clipper Race Crew. From the moment the crew stepped onto land at Royal YC Bermuda (RBYC), first time Host Port, Bermuda, greeted the teams like honorary locals Posted on 19 Jun
New Dare To Lead Bursary Fundraiser in Bermuda
Dirk van Daele launched the next phase at a special event Long-time Clipper Race supporter, and former crew member, Dirk van Daele, has launched the next phase of his Dare To Lead partnership at a special event in Bermuda. Posted on 19 Jun
Clipper Race Leg 7: An Island-style prizegiving
Prizegiving Ceremony held at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club The Bermuda Tourism Authority hosted the much-anticipated Leg 7 Clipper Race Prizegiving Ceremony at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. It was a dual event with Leg 8 joining crew also being welcomed with a spectacular sunset backdrop on the terrace. Posted on 16 Jun
Clipper Race 12: Bermuda arrivals
An action-packed day full of sun, smiles and Rum Swizzles It was an action-packed day full of sun, smiles and Rum Swizzles as teams arrived into the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club after Race 12: Go To Bermuda. Posted on 14 Jun
Race 12 Scoring Gate victory for WTC Logistics
Another, intense competition in the Clipper Race Whilst battling frustrating wind conditions during tactical Race 12: Go To Bermuda, there has been another, intense competition for Scoring Gate points. Posted on 11 Jun
Selden 2020 - FOOTERC-Tech 2020 Battens 2 728x90 BOTTOMNorth Sails 2021 Innovation - FOOTER