LMAX Exchange Leads Clipper Fleet Into Derry-Londonderry
Published: Thursday, 07 July 2016
Following an incredible and closely fought bout across the North Atlantic, LMAX Exchange has beaten Derry~Londonderry~Doire July 6 into its Northern Irish host port by 33 minutes to complete the 3,624nm LegenDerry Finale from New York, USA, the final ocean crossing of the Clipper 2015-16 Race.
(Photos: Clipper Race - LMAX Exchange)
The two teams duelled constantly for the lead throughout the 16-day race which was a particularly fast crossing partly aided by the Gulf Stream in the early stages, and it was the home team which led for most of it. However, it never managed to fully shake off LMAX Exchange, which overtook in lighter winds and adverse tides as both teams rounded Rathlin Island.
LMAX Exchange crossed the finish line near Greencastle first, at 10:43UTC, less than 5nm ahead of Derry~Londonderry~Doire, which finished at 11:16UTC. ClipperTelemed+ finished in third place at 12:58UTC, claiming its third consecutive podium result.
“This was the last ocean crossing of the Clipper 2015-16 Race and yet it was actually rounding Rockall which opened the game as we were beating into the wind and dealing with strong tides on the last part,” says LMAX Exchange Skipper Olivier Cardin. “The final 24 hours were decisive. Crossing the finish line first was our goal and all the team was fully focused on reaching the finish line first. It's a great result for LMAX Exchange!”
The victory marks the team’s sixth win of the 12 races completed so far in the Clipper 2015-16 Race series. LMAX Exchange leads the overall race leaderboard by nine points with just two races remaining before the July 30 London Race Finish.
“This race was a tough one for the team with us being in the lead for the majority of the race and being pipped to the post at the end,” says Derry~Londonderry~Doire Skipper Dan Smith. “I can't fault my team for their dedication and efforts that they have put in to get us to Derry-Londonderry. We may have come second but have received the most points in the race and appreciate the incredible Derry-Londonderry welcome.”
Derry~Londonderry~Doire picks up 11 points for second place plus two bonus points for setting the fastest time in the Ocean Sprint section of the race. The team currently sits second in the overall standings.
“It's great to be across the line in Derry-Londonderry. It was some pretty tough racing over the last few weeks, from gale force winds to no wind and everything in between,” says third place ClipperTelemed+ Skipper Matt Mitchell. “We are very much looking forward to our welcome and to enjoy the hospitality of Derry-Londonderry.”
GREAT Britain was fourth across the finish line at 14:25 UTC, followed almost one hour later by Unicef at 15:24 UTC.
The remaining seven Clipper Race teams are still racing and are due to arrive to Derry-Londonderry later July 7 and over the next two days. The fleet will stay in Northern Ireland for an action packed stopover which includes being the focus point of the 2016 Foyle Maritime Festival until July 17 when the teams depart for Race 13 of the 14 stage series, to Den Helder, the Netherlands.