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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Departs for Australia

November 2, 2017 Sports No Comments Email Email

The third stage of the Clipper 2017-18 Race, Race 3: The Dell Latitude Rugged Race, has got underway in Cape Town for its highly anticipated 4,754 nautical mile Southern Ocean sleigh ride towards Fremantle, Australia.

The race across the Southern Ocean is seen as the first major test of nerves and courage of the eleven month adventure around the globe. The twelve Clipper Race teams will head into the notorious Roaring Forties, an area laying between 40 and 50 degrees latitude, which is respected by sailors as one of the best places to fully appreciate Mother Nature in her most raw and powerful glory.

After crossing the start line in Cape Town’s Table Bay, Australian sailor Wendy Tuck, the Skipper of Sanya Serenity Coast, was first to the first mark with the kite up.

On racing home to Australia, Wendy said: “Absolutely it makes me want to win more. I’ve got so many supporters at home so knowing they are watching is going to push me that little bit harder.”

Wendy added: “The Southern Ocean means huge waves, big winds, a lot of excitement, and hanging on for dear life

“I think one of the most challenging aspects is managing the crew in regards to the cold. It’s really cold so you can’t expect crew to be on watch for a full watch they will swap in and out. Keep the boat safe keeping people feeling safe with the boat will be the key.”

Sanya Serenity Coast is going into Race 3: The Dell Latitude Rugged Race in fifth place in the overall standings after taking out Line Honours in the opening race from Liverpool, UK, to Punta del Este, Uruguay.

A total of 222 crew, including 17 Australians, are taking part in the race to Fremantle, which is the first of four Australian stopovers included on the Clipper Race’s 40,000 nautical mile global route.

Trevor Taylor, a 64-year-old retired Drainage Contractor is on his way home to Fremantle as part of his full circumnavigation on board PSP LogisticsPSP Logisticscrossed the line in second place in Punta del Este, though a collision with a whale shortly after leaving Uruguay ended the team’s hopes of another podium in Cape Town. On the race across the Southern Ocean, Trevor said: “On a personal level, I hope we do alright coming into Fremantle.

“We will just have to work hard. We have got a new Skipper Matt Mitchell who has done this section of the Clipper Race twice before he will bring a bit to the table. Hopefully we can build on what he’s achieved previously and go from there.”

The Clipper Race fleet of twelve 70 foot ocean racing yachts is expected to arrive in Fremantle between 21- 25 November and will be berthed at the Fremantle Sailing Club.

Trevor Taylor, a member of the Fremantle Sailing Club, said: “Fremantle will be an amazing stopover for the crew and Skippers alike.

“The Fremantle Sailing Club is world class and the facilities are as good as anywhere.”

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is unique in that it is the only event on the planet which trains non-professional sailors to become ocean racers. Approximately 40 per cent of crew members, which come from all walks of life and represent 41 different nationalities, have never sailed before they sign up. 40,000 nautical miles in length, the circumnavigation is divided into eight legs.

The Clipper Race fleet will depart from Fremantle for Sydney on Saturday 2 December. The fleet will then join the iconic Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day, before ending the All-Australian Leg 4 with a sprint up the east coast from Hobart to the Whitsundays. The highlight of the time in Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef, will be the Clipper Race Carnival, a two-week long showcase of what North Queensland is renowned for; beautiful scenery, amazing sailing, and warm, Queensland hospitality. The Clipper Race Carnival will begin on Friday 19 January, 2018. For more information, please visit the Clipper Race Carnival Website.

 

OVERALL CLIPPER 2017-18 RACE STANDINGS (AFTER PENALTY POINTS AWARDED FROM RACE 1)

1   DARE TO LEAD   31

2   GREENINGS        25

3   GREAT BRITAIN   24

4   QINGDAO              21

5   SANYA SERENITY COAST   19

6   GARMIN   16

7   VISIT SEATTLE   14

8   LIVERPOOL 2018   14

9   PSP LOGISTICS   11

10   HOTELPLANNER.COM   10

11   NASDAQ   6

12   UNICEF   5

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