Published: Thursday, 29 October 2015

Clipper Round the World Race crews prepare for Leg 3 of the 40,000 nautical mile race to Albany, Western Australia. The 4,750m Southern Ocean portion of the race will depart from Cape Town, South Africa on October 31.

Clipper Round The World Yachts Prepare For Leg 3

As the fleet of 12 organise their departure, teams welcome new crewmembers on their stopover in Cape Town.

Chinese-crew Qingdao supports a new skipper on the yacht for the remainder of the race. Bob Beggs replaces Leg 1 and 2 skipper Igor Gotlibovych, who parts from the race on mutually agreed upon terms.

Beggs, the 55-year-old veteran skipper, achieved his first Atlantic crossing under sail in a Camper Nicholson ketch in 1988. The former British Army commando led Bristol Clipper to victory in The Times Clipper 2000 Round the World Race. Among his many racing campaigns are five Fastnet races as skipper, numerous Trans-Atlantic and Round Britain and Ireland races.

“I am really looking forward to leading the Qingdao team,” says Beggs. “They have demonstrated a highly competitive spirit in their first two races and I will work with them to continue to develop their campaign to ensure they have a rewarding race experience.”

Leg 2 Clipper race winner GREAT Britain welcomes Olympic Rower Bill Lucas to race across the Southern Ocean. Lucas is the latest British athlete to take on the endurance challenge following former UFC fighter Dan Hardy's participation in Race 1.

Clipper Round The World Yachts Prepare For Leg 3 2

(Olympic athlete Bill Lucas)

Lucas, 28, finished fifth in the London 2012 men’s double sculls but had to retire from rowing earlier this year due to injury. The Olympic athlete is excited to represent GREAT Britain once again, this time in a different water sport, which will take him out of still inland waters and into the Southern Ocean.

Clipper Race team Da Nang – Viet Nam received a visit from the Ambassador of Vietnam to South Africa, during their stopover.

His Excellency Le Huy Hoang was welcomed by Skipper Wendy Tuck and her crew on board Da Nang – Viet Nam, before taking the crew out for dinner at a local Vietnamese restaurant in Cape Town.

The sixth place winners of Leg 2 shared tales of their adventures with the Ambassador, who believes the Vietnamese city’s involvement with the Clipper Race was all part of a brighter future for the country.

“We are so proud to visit the Da Nang – Viet Nam Clipper Race team here in Cape Town,” says Hoang. “They are bringing the message that Viet Nam is welcoming foreign visitors, and we look forward to opening up more and more and gaining more friends.”

Clipper Round The World Yachts Prepare For Leg 3 1

(Da Nang - Viet Nam crew with Ambassador of Vietnam to South Africa)

This is the first time the Vietnamese city of Da Nang has sponsored a team in the Clipper Race. The South East Asian port will also become a stopover on the 40,000 mile global challenge for the first time.

The Clipper Race fleet will soon depart for Albany where it will then head to Sydney, Hobart and the Whitsundays during Leg 4 before racing to Da Nang, Viet Nam in Leg 5.