Derry~Londonderry~Doire Claims Clipper Leg 6 Win
Published: Friday, 15 April 2016
Northern Irish entry Derry~Londonderry~Doire won its third consecutive race, finishing Leg 6’s Seattle Pacific Challenge with a hat trick after an intense race from Qingdao, China.
Unicef recorded its best ever result and first podium of the race series, finishing in second place after a duel with LMAX Exchange, who came in third.
The team, representing the world’s leading children’s organisation, managed to hold off LMAX Exchange after just a few nautical miles separated the two yachts in the final stages of the 5,400 nautical mile race.
The professional Skippers leading each of the 12 teams have reported the worst conditions they have ever experienced on this race from China’s Olympic sailing city, with the yachts pounded by huge seas and winds gusting over 80 miles per hour, causing one fatality, injuries and damage to the yachts.
“It’s fantastic to be here. It has been a long, tough race with very arduous weather," says Skipper Dan Smith of Derry~Londonderry~Doire. "With the temperatures being so cold and wet with snow flurries from time to time, we had to keep cycling the team through down below deck to warm up, with two hours being the maximum amount of time you could spend on deck. It was very tough on the crew.”
Unicef Skipper Martin Clough said his team had been nothing short of amazing over the 24 days while it had battled numerous low-pressure systems and Pacific rollers.
GREAT Britain finished Race 9 in fourth position. The remaining eight teams are due to be welcomed into Seattle over the next six days, including homeport entry Visit Seattle.
Crews will then embark on Leg 7 of the 40,000nm circumnavigation to New York.