Clipper Race 14 Is Underway After Le Mans Start
Published: Monday, 09 June 2014
“All the teams started with full mainsails, staysails and Yankee 1 headsails and had to keep this sail plan and the designated course for the first ten minutes,” says Pete Stirling, skipper of Jamaica Get All Right, describing the Le Mans start organized by Henri Lloyd skipper Eric Holden. “During these ten minutes we prepared our medium weight spinnaker for a hoist and were one of the first teams to complete the hoist and the drop of the Yankee.”
“With light following winds forecast for the next few days this race looks like [it's going to be] a tactical one, certainly to start with which suits our style better than the long distance drag race that it might have been. For the final few hours of daylight, before a spectacular sunset, all twelve yachts sailed in close proximity with their medium weight or light weight spinnakers up, a spectacular sight.”
The teams are now flying either a lightweight or medium weight spinnaker with OneDLL leading, Henri Lloyd in second and Switzerland in third place.
“We had a good start and the fleet has remained tightly packed, running under spinnaker in a gentle westerly breeze that we are expecting to continue to veer overnight to a more north westerly direction,” says Simon Talbot, skipper of GREAT Britain, currently in fourth place. “This should help us make better course to our destination.”
“All on board are in high spirits and have been working well, gelling quickly with the new joiners and already performing well as a team.”