LMAX Exchange Continues To Lead Clipper Leg 3
Published: Monday, 16 November 2015
As Leg 3 of the 40,000 nautical-mile Clipper Round the World Race to Albany, Western Australia continues, the overall fleet positions remain the same with LMAX Exchange in first, Derry~Londonderry~Doire in second and Qingdao in third.
Fourth place GREAT Britain and fifth place Garmin are battling out the closest rivalry of the fleet, as just five miles currently separates them.
The weather over the past few days has become steady and large swells have eased, providing a temporary timeout from the strenuous Southern Ocean onslaught of the past seven days.
“We've been making steady progress all day and life is a little more comfortable now than it was yesterday morning,” says ClipperTelemed+ Skipper Matt Mitchell. “The crew handled the conditions admirably and kept the good ship ClipperTelemed+ pointing in the right direction while surfing at speeds in excess of 20 knots pretty much every wave.”
Skipper of Visit Seattle Huw Fernie, in 11th position, backs this up as he reports: “The strong winds of the last few days are over. They departed us last night and we are now left with a long rolling sea and the memories but little else to show for what we have been through over the last week.”
PSP Logistics Skipper Max Stunell, in 10th, is already finding the light wind conditions frustrating, though he notes: “The only consolation is that it will affect most of the fleet. You can guarantee that it will fill in at some stage, and looking at the forecast the wind will certainly be doing that soon. Think we could be in for a very wet and windy time."
This calm, light patch is temporary. The next expected weather front is getting stronger, and depending where and when it passes over teams, they may have gusts into the 70 knot region in the next 24 to 48 hours, with a big back round to the southwest after it goes over.
The fleet of 12 is expected to arrive in Albany during the last week of November. Crews will then embark on Leg 4 of the race to Hobart, Sydney and the Whitsundays, Queensland.