Published: Tuesday, 27 October 2015

After 3,400 nautical miles and 15 days racing across the South Atlantic Ocean, all Clipper Round The World Race teams have now finished Leg 2 of the event.

Qingdao and LMAX Exchange arrived in Cape Town within hours of each other on October 26. The pair departed Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to race on elapsed time in the Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms. Qingdao overtook LMAX Exchange in the final 24 hours to be the ninth fastest team to complete the journey. 

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“The team has worked very hard to achieve a competitive race time in very difficult weather conditions, and recording fast boat speeds in the strong winds,” says Qingdao Skipper Igor Gotlibovych. “They have shown great courage and endurance. Everyone has played their part in getting us to Cape Town safely. It was a match race with LMAX Exchange and we are very happy to have beaten them in this race because they are a strong team. We took the decision to go south and head for the Scoring Gate and are so pleased that it paid off.”

Qingdao picked up three bonus points by being the fastest team to reach the South Atlantic Scoring Gate. This move meant that the team had to push down into the Southern Ocean to avoid the high-pressure system and encountered challenging conditions in the notorious waters that circulate around Antarctica developing large waves without encountering land.

LMAX Exchange, which won the first race from London to Rio, has placed 10th in Race 2 with an elapsed time of 368 hours 16 minutes.

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“It was difficult because we didn’t start with the other boats but in the beginning it was good because we had good speeds,” says LMAX Exchange Skipper Olivier Cardin. “We chose a different course to Qingdao and had some great days, covering 215 miles in one day. Unfortunately in the last five days there was a big high-pressure system to overcome and it was very difficult. Qingdao went south of us to the Scoring Gate and under the high pressure.”

"We concentrated on trimming and spent a long time with our spinnaker and white sails,” continues Cardin. “So we held on but missed out to Qingdao in the end. Despite that, the morale on board has been great."

The Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms was run on an elapsed time basis because of a delayed start by LMAX Exchange and Qingdao. The yachts sustained rudder damage outside of racing during the stopover in Brazil and set sail three days after the rest of the fleet.

The race was won by GREAT Britain with a time of 14 days two hours 30 minutes, followed by Derry~Londonderry~Doire and Garmin.

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(Photo: Bruce Sutherland)

Crews will now embark on the 4,750nm Leg 3 of the race to Albany, Western Australia. Leg 3 is expected to take 26 days.


Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms final standings/points awarded:

1st – GREAT Britain (12 points)

2nd – Derry~Londonderry~Doire (11 + 2 bonus points for being second through the Scoring Gate)

3rd – Garmin (10 points)

4th – Mission Performance (9 points)

5th – Clipper Telemed+ (8 points )

6th – Da Nang – Viet Nam (7 + 1 bonus point for being third through the Scoring Gate)

7th – IchorCoal (6 + two bonus points for having the fastest Ocean Sprint time)

8th – PSP Logistics (5 points)

9th – Qingdao (4 + 3 bonus points for the fastest time to the Scoring Gate)

10th – LMAX Exchange (3 points)

11th – Visit Seattle (2 points)

12th – Unicef (1 point)