Published: Tuesday, 05 January 2016

Leg 4 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race continues with the Henri Lloyd Hobart to Whitsundays Race, following the fleet’s successful Sydney-Hobart campaign.

Clipper Leg 4 Continues To Whitsundays

The latest race started January 2 from Hobart, Tasmania. The 1,631-nautical-mile race to Abell Point Marina, Airlie Beach is expected to take around 10 days to complete.

First across the line was Chinese entry Qingdao followed closely by Northern Ireland’s Derry~Londonderry~Doire second and LMAX Exchange third.

During the race, the fleet will cross the Bass Strait for the third time to race up the east coast.

The teams have already demonstrated great spirit and seamanship in all completing one of the hardest editions of the Sydney-Hobart for many years, after a third of the 108 starting yachts retired, including a number of professional teams and super maxis.

Clipper Race founder and Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said it was a huge achievement, not to be underestimated: “I think it reflects both the high quality of their training and the robust nature of the Clipper 70 design that all the boats finished without major damage or injury when so many professionals had to pull out.”

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Wendy Tuck, Australian Skipper of Da Nang - Viet Nam, said she was ready to push the crew harder again in an effort to emulate the teams win in the Clipper Race class in the Sydney-Hobart

Tuck, the first female Australian Skipper in the history of the Clipper Race, clinched first place in the Clipper 70 division of the iconic Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. GREAT Britain followed in second, with LMAX Exchange coming in third.

“I have sailed this route up to Airlie Beach a lot of times, so am very familiar with the conditions, which I hope will give us an advantage. It should be a fast race,”  says Wendy Tuck.

Greg Miller, Skipper of Mission Performance, says: “There is a buzz round the whole fleet still from competing in the Sydney Hobart, so it is good to get racing again so quickly."

The start followed a parade of sail in the Derwent River in front of spectators and spectator boats with support and logistics provided by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.

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(Photo: AAP Image/Rob Blakers)

The fleet is anticipated to arrive into Abell Point Marina, Airlie Beach, between January 13-14. The top three teams will be presented with the Race 6: Henri Lloyd Hobart to Whitsundays Race pennant.

Pioneering the development of all modern technical sailing clothing for 50 years, the race’s Official Technical Clothing Partner and Race 6 sponsor, Henri Lloyd, has provided foul weather gear built to withstand the challenging conditions the Clipper Race crewmembers face during the circumnavigation for the past 13 years.

Paul Strzelecki, Joint Chief Exec Henri Lloyd said: “Our partnership with the Clipper Race has been going from strength to strength since the start of our relationship in 2002, and our sponsorship of the Hobart to Whitsundays race is a testament to that. We wish all the crews the best of luck and safe passage.”