LMAX Exchange Regains Leaderboard Top Spot
Published: Monday, 14 December 2015
LMAX Exchange regains the leaderboard top spot as the shortest but toughest Clipper Round the World Yacht Race stage concludes in Sydney, Australia.
After 2,088 nautical miles from Albany to Sydney, and long periods of slamming seas due to strong Southern Ocean headwinds, line honours in Leg 4's The Elliot Brown Timekeeper Cup went to LMAX Exchange. GREAT Britain took second place and Garmin completed the podium in third place.
Mission Performance crossed the line in fourth place, followed by Qingdao and Unicef. Visit Seattle came in seventh and Ichorcoal in eighth place.
LMAX Exchange took the maximum 17 points available by also winning the Ocean Sprint (an extra two points) and Scoring Gate (an extra three points).
“This was the best win yet,” says LMAX Exchange Skipper Olivier Cardin. “It was a complete race with everything from a tornado two miles away which was very impressive to big waves, upwind sailing close to the other teams and big surfing downwind doing more than 30 knots. We never let up and the whole race was like the Ocean Sprint for us.”
“The whole team is really happy to have secured a maximum 17 points to reclaim the top of the overall leader board,” Cardin added. “We are now going to prepare for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. We prepared the boat well in Albany and didn¹t have any damage so we will be doing the same again here to be ready.”
Clipper Race Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston sent a congratulatory message to all race crew for the way they dealt with the particularly challenging upwind conditions.
“The boats and crew have done extremely well considering the very unpleasant conditions they faced on this leg,” says Knox-Johnson. “They rose to it magnificently and showed that they are the equal of any of the professionals that venture into the Southern Ocean.”
Skipper Peter Thornton, whose GREAT Britain team crossed the finish line second, explained: “It was a tough race and I am very pleased with the boat and crew. 12 hours ago I was getting very stressed and was thinking I could not get the boat to go any faster, and a couple of things changed, and it shows that you can never give up. We just pipped Ash and his Garmin crew at the end.”
The remaining teams are arriving steadily in Sydney as focus now switches to the second race of Leg 4 the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (Dec 26-Jan 1).