Published: Monday, 12 October 2015

The second leg of the Clipper Round The World Race has started off the coast of Brazil for its 3,147 nautical mile voyage to Cape Town, South Africa.

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Derry~Londonderry~Doire was the first across the start line just off Copacabana Beach closely followed by Visit Seattle and Clipper Telemed+.

The fleet experienced strong winds of 22 knots from the get go.

“A windy start to Race 2 meant we didn't get eased into the wind and waves in the same way as Race 1,” says Derry~Londonderry~Doire Skipper Daniel Smith. “A short sharp sea off the start and a hectic sail change had the crew working hard from the go. Although uncomfortable and testing our sea sickness remedies, 35 knots of wind is sending us south along our plotted course nicely.”

LMAX Exchange and Qingdao had late starts into Race 2, the Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms, following the successful completion of repairs to both yachts.

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Both boats had their rudders repaired and refitted after LMAX Exchange grounded on a sandy outcrop during delivery to a marina for application of hull branding. Qingdao got into difficulties while going to assist getting a line stuck around her propeller.

The two teams will be racing to Cape Town on an elapsed time basis.

"Race 2 will be very different from the last race,” says Qingdao Skipper Igor Gotlibovych. “We can expect some real Southern Ocean conditions at times. We will be following the track of a Southern Atlantic depression all the way to Cape Town hopefully. As it transitions between the depressions it can be tricky with very variable conditions. The fact we're leaving the same time as LMAX Exchange will give us that extra push but at the same time we are aware that we cannot control the weather that the other boats which are ahead of us are experiencing so we will focus initially on LMAX Exchange."

LMAX Exchange and Qingdao currently sit in first and third positions in the overall standings and are motivated to build on their strong start to this race series.

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The Clipper Race fleet is due into Cape Town between October 21-25 and will be berthed at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront until October 31.