LMAX Exchange First To Cross Leg 3 Scoring Gate
Published: Tuesday, 10 November 2015
LMAX Exchange remains the leader of Leg 3 of the Clipper Round the World Race, after picking up the first three bonus points for crossing the Scoring Gate. Derry~Londonderry~Doire and Qingdao are following, expected to pickup the remaining bonus points.
GREAT Britain continues in fourth, Mission Performance has managed to gain some mileage on sixth place Garmin overnight and Ichorcoal is still seventh.
A gap of approximately 180 nautical miles has now widened between these front teams and the back of the fleet which includes Da Nang – Viet Nam, PSP Logisitcs, ClipperTelemed+, Visit Seattle, and Unicef.
ClipperTelemed+’s Matt Mitchell, in tenth position, reports: “Today has been an awesome day, we’ve had great wind, spinnakers flying and high boat speeds. We definitely had our first proper taste of the sleigh ride today with winds in the 20's and 30's, meaning that it’s been heavyweight kite most of the day.”
While the excitements levels picking up, temperatures are plummeting, as Garmin Skipper Ash Skett explains: “It is freezing down here! Being quite far south probably has something to do with it but the boat is currently enveloped by a freezing-fog which seems to pierce the skin in any exposed areas. Gloves and hats are a necessity and the average number of layers of clothing among crew has doubled over the last 24 hours.”
At the latitude of 44 degrees 30 minutes south, the Race Office has cordoned off a ‘virtual beach’ that the yachts are forbidden to cross.
The area presents the dangers of icebergs that have calved off Antarctica and made their way north. Previous Clipper Races have proven that this limiting line is a sensible precaution and the chances of encountering ice above that line is minimal however the Race Officer will be monitoring the position of any ice that might prove a risk to the fleet and advising the teams accordingly.
IchorCoal Skipper Darren Ladd details: “Conscious of the virtual ice limit, we take the sea temperature every hour and look for a sudden dip, the harbinger of ice.” He adds: “What an adventure! It was only weeks ago on Leg 1 that the deck was too hot to stand on in bare feet and shade was of a premium. We're on our third ocean now and the thermals are out, mid-layers are on and goose pimples adorn the under dressed.”
The fleet of 12 is expected to arrive in Albany, Western Australia during the last week of November. Crews will then embark on Leg 4 of the 40,000 nautical mile race to Hobart, Sydney and the Whitsundays, Queensland.