Published: Friday, 06 November 2015

As the Clipper Round the World Race continues the first week of Leg 3 to Albany, Western Australia LMAX Exchange leads the fleet.

Lmax Exchange Leads Leg 3 Of Clipper Race

The rest of the pack is chasing hard in a close fought yet spread out pursuit that is seeing race positions change often. Qingdao is in second place, and Derry~Londonderry~Doire is third.

In the middle of the fleet in sixth, Garmin Skipper Ash Skett reports: “We are finally starting to make good progress and are clocking up decent mileage again after days of very little progress. The boat is sitting nicely on her chine, fully powered up and making a steady 10-12 knots through the water. Although life at this angle can be fairly tiring, all of us would take this over a flat boat going nowhere any day.”

The clipper fleet started Leg 3 with strong southeasterly winds of 20 knots and gusts of 35 knots on the start line. The strongest winds came on the first night with winds of up to 45 knots and waves of three to four metres in place.

Visit Seattle Skipper Huw Fernie, now in 12th, is still finding reasons to be cheerful, as he says: “I'm happy to report that today has been our greatest 24 hour run of this race so far, covering 121 nautical miles. We're still not in the record breaking territory but we're definitely maxed out for these conditions and have been going well all night.”

Lmax Exchange Leads Leg 3 Of Clipper Race 2

Not all Skippers were in such celebratory mood however, as IchorCoal’s Darren Ladd, currently in 11th place, explains: “I'm not sure what has happened with our race standing except everyone else is going faster than we are….we need more boat speed, it is as simple as that. We all agreed, coming last isn't an option.”

Issuing a warning to the teams ahead however, he adds: “We slipped a bit over the last few days but from right now we're coming to get you. Don't relax, don't slow down, and always sleep with one eye open.”

The weather is predicted to stay reasonably steady for the next few days, with a strong front expected to arrive over the weekend.