Published: Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Qingdao, Derry~Londonderry~Doire, GREAT Britain and Garmin are all in the Ocean Sprint phase of the 40,000 nautical mile Clipper Round The World.

Clipper Race Yachts Push Through Ocean Sprint Phase

The 12 teams are focused on careful trimming and helming as they beat upwind in an attempt to be the quickest yacht in thia section of the race course.

Race leader LMAX Exchange recorded an elapsed time of 31 hours and 55 minutes in the Ocean Sprint with an average speed of 9.4 knots. This will be the time to beat for the other teams.

“The Ocean Sprint is a chance to pit our trimming and helming skills against our competitors' luck with the weather,” says second-place crew Qingdao Skipper Igor Gotlibovych. “The past few days felt like a running start to the Ocean Sprint. The boat is already trimmed, re-trimmed, and found to be going faster when the Skipper is nowhere near the helm.”

The final results of the Ocean Sprint portion of Leg 1 to Rio de Janerio, Brazil will be available once all 12 yachts have completed the sprint.

“The weather conditions remain the same as they have been for the past few days, with the strong south-easterly trades still providing us with all the breeze we need to make a good steady speed in the right direction,” says Garmin Skipper Ashley Skett. “We passed through the starting gate latitude for the Ocean Sprint today, although it's fair to say that our main focus is on the race and our fini shing position, so we will probably not be making a dash south for this one.”

Clipper Race Yachts Push Through Ocean Sprint Phase 1

Leg 1 of the race, from London to Rio is expected to conclude the last week of September. The race will then continue on to Cape Town, South Africa.