Published: Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Following a challenging 28-day race facing a range of weather conditions, Derry~Londonderry~Doire has won the Leg 5 Da Nang New Discovery of Asia Race, taking its first race victory of the Clipper Round the World Race series. The team also won the Ocean Sprint and came second in the Scoring Gate to take home an overall 16 points.

Derrylondonderrydoire Wins First Race Of Leg 5

Garmin finished second and GREAT Britain came in third but also picked up an additional three points for winning the Scoring Gate early on in the race. Three hours and four minutes redress was applied to LMAX Exchange's overall finish and was based on average speed, after it assisted an abandoned yacht on Day 7, though this did not change its overall position and it retains its fourth place finish position.

Derry~Londonderry~Doire Skipper Daniel Smith says: "The crew have worked tirelessly on board to first defend then extend and finally defend again our lead over the rest of the fleet. We have constantly been looking over our shoulder as the teams behind pushed hard to catch us. The competition has been hard to beat.”

The first race of the Asia Pacific leg has seen a range of weather conditions throughout from starting off with a fast downwind sprint in scorching 40+ degree heat as teams headed north through the tropics and across the Equator line, to winds that gusted over 50 knots, plus upwind conditions in cooler conditions and then dying winds in the final stages.

Derrylondonderrydoire Wins First Race Of Leg 5 2

Da Nang, Vietnam's third largest city and awarded Tripadvisor 2015 Top Destination on the Rise, boasts a sandy coastline and as a first-time host port, the city is very excited to welcome the crew, along with friends, family and supporters.

After the Da Nang stopover, crews will embark on the second race of Leg 5 to Qingdao, China.

Provisional race positions for the Da Nang New Discovery of Asia Race: 

1st – Derry~Londonderry~Doire (+ 2 Ocean Sprint + 2 Scoring Gate points)

2nd – Garmin

3rd – GREAT Britain (+ 3 Scoring Gate points) 

4th – LMAX Exchange

5th – Qingdao (+ 1 Scoring Gate point) 

6th – Da Nang - Viet Nam

7th – ClipperTelemed+

8th – IchorCoal

9th – PSP Logistics

10th – Unicef

11th – Mission Performance

12th - Visit Seattle