Published: Monday, 13 June 2016

ClipperTelemed+ won Race 11, The LMAX Exchange – Race of the Americas, its first overall Clipper Race win and second podium of the global series.

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(Photos: Ben Solomon / Clipper Race - ClipperTelemed+)

The team crossed the finish line at 14:42 UTC June 9 after overtaking Garmin at night, following a fraught battle between the two teams at the top of the leaderboard over the last four days. 

ClipperTelemed+ beat Garmin to the finish of the race from Panama by nine nautical miles. Garmin was also seeking its first overall race win, despite achieving five previous podiums already during the series. It finished in second place at 15:35 UTC.

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"The team is ecstatic about winning the LMAX Exchange - Race of the Americas,” says ClipperTelemed+ Skipper Matt Mitchell. “We've been putting in 110% every minute of this race, coupled with good decisions along the way. We have secured victory for the first time since leaving London. It's a very special moment for us and we couldn't be more pleased.” 

ClipperTelemed+ celebrated its first podium of the series when the team finished second into Panama on the previous race - Race 10, the PSP Logistics Panama Cup. 

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"Although we are disappointed after once again finishing second having led for the majority of the race, it is still a brilliant result and the credit should be given to the team for staying focused and working hard,” says Garmin Skipper Ash Skett. “That meant very little sleep and we tried to spot the wind changes and changed sails constantly. We were always pushing and for a lot of the race, it looked like we would grab it but ClipperTelemed+ had a better wind angle in the final stages.

"Congratulations to Mitchell and his ClipperTelemed+ team, they were pushing just as hard as we were and it was a very close finish in the end. We couldn’t have pushed any harder and one tactical decision made the difference and we finished 40 minutes after them.” 

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(Visit Seattle)

US-sponsored yacht Visit Seattle has recorded its first podium and best result of the series so far, finishing Race 11 in third.

“The team worked hard for this and we are all ecstatic to be crossing the line in third place in this LMAX Exchange - Race of the Americas,” says Visit Seattle Skipper Huw Fernie. “We had a huge boost from visiting our home port of Seattle and managed to keep that energy into the last race and this one too.

“It's been a very tough few days with boats getting closer and the weather throwing up everything from storms to flat calms and all of those with their own wind shifts, so it's been a tactical nightmare and a physical challenge. Now we are looking forward to a few days of normality in New York to recharge and recover and then we'll do it all again.” 

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(Da Nang – Viet Nam)

Da Nang – Viet Nam arrived into Liberty Landing at 06:30 local time June 10 in seventh place. “I really enjoyed Leg 7, especially how well the crew sailed the boat,” says Skipper David Grainey. “Our result doesn’t quite reflect how well we sailed. I think this leg is actually the best we sailed apart from winning the Sydney Hobart Race. Tropical Storm Colin certainly blew a bit and we had a lot of time spent in the company in other boats.” 

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Eighth placed Qingdao arrived three hours later. “Race 11 was very interesting, very tactical and there was also a lot of luck as you could see by how the positions kept changing,” says Skipper Bob Beggs. “There were a lot of wind holes and often the weather forecast didn’t play out as expected so you would position yourself for the weather and then it would be different to what you had anticipated."

The final leg of the odyssey, New York to London via Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland and Den Helder, the Netherlands, will start June 20.