LMAX Exchange Claims Victory In Clipper Race Leg 4
Published: Tuesday, 12 January 2016
LMAX Exchange claimed a narrow victory over rival GREAT Britain in the final race of Leg 4 in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race.
Just 42 seconds separated the teams, which crossed Airlie Beach’s Pioneer Bay Finish Line after spending the 48 hours locked in battle, match racing within close sight of each other up the tropical Queensland coast.
Garmin finished almost 90 minutes later to take the third podium spot ahead of Da Nang - Viet Nam and Derry~Londonderry~Doire in the final race of the all-Australian leg, which had the most amount of lead and fleet position changes of all six races completed so far.
On the second day of racing GREAT Britain beat LMAX Exchange to cross the Scoring Gate first and pick up three and two additional bonus points respectively, meaning that both teams will end up tied for this race on points – at 14 apiece (12 + 2 for LMAX Exchange and 11 +3 for GREAT Britain). Just five points will still separate the teams in the overall Clipper Race leaderboard with LMAX Exchange still holding on to a narrow lead.
IchorCoal was sixth across the finish line with Unicef following close behind. ClipperTelemed+ finished just over one hour after. Qingdao, PSP Logistics and Visit Seattle follow.
Mission Performance crossed the finish line in 12th place, after losing time by answering the distress call of a non Clipper Race vessel. Although the team returned to racing and redress was awarded, it was not enough to improve the crew’s position.
The Airlie Beach stopover marks the first time the Clipper Race fleet has ever visited the Whitsundays region in Queensland, world renowned for its tropical coastline and 74 islands right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.Abell Point Marina is the one of the largest marinas in Australia and making a name for itself as the benchmark marina in Whitsundays and along the east coast of Australia.
The Asia Pacific leg of the race will begin January 18, with the fleet heading toward Da Nang, Vietnam and finishing off in Qingdao, China.