Henry Lloyd Claims Line Honours In Clipper Race 12
Published: Monday, 19 May 2014
Henry Lloyd beat GREAT Britain in a nail-biting finish in The Spirit of Jamaica Chase. GREAT Britain came in second, 31 seconds after Henry Lloyd at 20:42:27 UTC. Switzerland took third place at 21:42 UTC.
Qingdao finished eighth at 03:39.
Summarising Race 12, The Spirit of Jamaica Chase, Clipper Race Director Mark Light explained: “This was a fantastic and terribly exciting fight between the two leading contenders of the overall Clipper Race. GREAT Britain led at the turning mark on the eastern tip of Jamaica and under spinnaker carried the edge over Henri Lloyd until the final two miles when Henri Lloyd managed to out gybe its rivals to creep ahead and take the line honours in the final seconds. Congratulations go to both teams for such a hard fought tactical race.
The race was won and lost over one main decision. Simply, when to tack east. The boats that chose to tack earlier in the race, reaped the rewards as they picked up good breeze and managed to maintain the best speeds along the rhumb line. Jamaica Get All Right elected to tack much later, 48 hours into the race, and furthest to the east where it found its progress hindered by less favourable wind conditions. After dropping to the back of the fleet, it was however able to claw back two positions over the boats furthest west.”
The 2013-2014 Clipper Race started September 1 from St. Katherine Docks London, and will return almost a year later after completing its 40 000 mile circumnavigation route, making it the world’s longest ocean race.
More than 40 nations and 670 people will compete in the Clipper 2013-2014 Race, on twelve brand new 70-foot ocean racing yachts designed by renowned naval architect Tony Castro.
Points are accumulated in a Formula 1-style scoring system. The yacht with the highest total points at the finish wins the Clipper Race Trophy.