LMAX Exchange Claims First Clipper Race Victory
Published: Tuesday, 29 September 2015
LMAX Exchange has claimed victory in Leg 1 from London to Rio de Janeiro of the 40,000 nautical mile Clipper Round the World Race.
Chinese entry Qingdao finished second place and GREAT Britain followed to secure the final podium position.
As well as claiming the maximum 12 points for the win, LMAX Exchange also won three bonus points for crossing the Scoring Gate first, getting its race campaign started with a 15 points total.
“We led the race for the past two weeks and I’m really proud of the team effort,” says LMAX Exchange Skipper Oliver Cardin. “I’m very confident in my crew who did a great job. I know the teams behind are really competitive so we are certainly not taking this win for granted. We will take time together to study our plan for the next race as we will be pushed us hard again, but for now it is time to celebrate a team victory that we will never forget as long as we live.”
Second place finisher Qingdao steadily improved its position throughout the race.
After duelling with Garmin in the early and middle stages of the race Qingdao, which represents China’s ‘Sailing City’ and the venue for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, moved up to second place on day 18 and kept ahead of chasing boats including GREAT Britain.
“I’m not especially pleased with some of the tactical decisions I made personally but I have no reason to doubt the performance of my crew in any way,” says Qingdao Skipper Igor Gotlibovych. “We know what we are capable of now and will build on this performance further throughout the rest of the race. Our time will come.”
Competition is now heating up for the remaining positions. Derry~Londonderry~Doire has since come in fourth and Garmin in fifth place.
Mission Performance, currently in ninth place, is celebrating after recording the fastest time over the Ocean Sprint portion of the race, earning two additional points. The team finished the sprint in 28 hours and 46 minutes.
The remaining teams are expected to finish the 5,200nm opening leg within the next few days.
Progress of the remaining fleet can be tracked through the Race Viewer: http://clipperroundtheworld.com/race/standings