LMAX Exchange Claims Victory In Race 3
Published: Monday, 23 November 2015
LMAX Exchange has claimed victory on Race 3 of the Clipper Round the World Race, crossing the finish line first in Albany, Western Australia.
The win of the 4,845-nautical mile Southern Ocean Race 3 from Cape Town, South Africa, is the team’s second victory of the global series, and it is currently third in the overall leaderboard. The team led the race since day two, and also secured the extra maximum three Scoring Gate points available by crossing first on day 10.
Derry~Londonderry~Doire has taken second place, after a battle with Qingdao during the final 24 hours. Qingdao came in third place, just three hours after their closest rival.
“We are a very tough team and we know we can take the lead quickly and hold onto it,” says LMAX Echange’s French Skipper Oliver Cardin. “We are always motivated when we see the schedules and know we have to push harder if others are gaining miles on us, and that keeps us going. We pushed pretty hard and others behind pushed too."
"The team always responds to whatever conditions are thrown at us, and are able to change the sails quickly, which makes it a lot easier for me tactically," Cardin added.
The team will be awarded the Wardan Whip trophy by Host Port, the City of Albany at a prizegiving event on November 26.
The CEO of Team Sponsor LMAX Exchange, the UK’s leading financial technology firm, David Mercer, sent a message of congratulations to his team: “We are immensely proud of Olivier and his team for sailing an immaculate leg to Albany, Western Australia. They have set the bar high and have earned some well-deserved down time in Australia, but knowing the crew I am sure in a few days their focus will be firmly set on improving further en route to Sydney in the next race."
LMAX Exchange made good tactical choices early on, weathering the first storm well and taking an early lead to be at the front from start to finish.
Crew member Gabrielle Barthelemy, from France, competing on the Southern Ocean Leg 3 and the All Australian Leg 4 added: “I am very happy to arrive into Australia, but it was an incredible experience to cross the Southern Ocean and see Mother Nature at her most raw.”
The rest of the fleet of 12 is expected to arriving in the coming days. Crews will then embark on Leg 4 of the race to Hobart, Sydney and the Whitsundays, Queensland.