GREAT Britain Takes Clipper Race Leg 2 Line Honours
Published: Friday, 23 October 2015
GREAT Britain has taken line honours in a high-speed battle across 3,400 nautical miles from Brazil to South Africa in the second leg of the 14-race global series that forms the 40,000 nautical mile Clipper Round the World Race.
The finish played out in the dark as three teams pushed for the top spots. GREAT Britain, Derry~Londonderry~Doire and Garmin battled for the lead as they converged on Cape Town. As GREAT Britain sprinted towards the race finish off the waterfront to take the win, Derry~Londonderry~Doire followed with Garmin coming in third.
“The tension was incredible in those last few miles,” says GREAT Britain Skipper Peter Thornton. “I must admit I was getting very worried because we had been neck and neck with Derry~Londonderry~Doire, Garmin and Mission Performance for the last 72 hours and as we got closer to Cape Town in the final hours it was so close. Derry~Londonderry~Doire was just yards behind us again, a little bit like the first leg so it could’ve been anybody’s race.”
Having led for most of the second leg, Garmin slipped towards the end and was the third team to cross the line.
“Although we led for a lot of the race, we never thought we had it in the bag,” says Garmin Skipper Ashley Skett. “We were very confident that we had a decent enough lead to make it through until about two days ago and then we went into the high pressure that was forecast and there was no way around it at all. The rest of the fleet caught up. It wasn’t great for us but we have proved we can hold our own and be competitive so I think that is something to take forward into the next race.”
Mission Performance was fourth across the line followed by ClipperTelemed+, Da Nang – Viet Nam and IchorCoal.
"This race was much tougher, wetter and colder than the previous race, it was very challenging but exhilarating,” says ClipperTelemed+ Skipper Diane Reid. “I am thoroughly enjoying the race I simply cannot put it into words. During the race we didn’t encounter much of the high system the other teams did, we managed to keep it a fast race and at the closing stages we experienced 45 knots gusting over 50 with three reefs in the sail. I am very proud of the crew and the performance they put in.”
Remaining teams are expected to finish by October 25. Crews will then embark on Leg 3 of the race to Albany, Western Australia.