Published: Monday, 25 July 2016

Visit Seattle achieved its first overall race win and second podium of the series when it crossed the Clipper Race 13 finish line off Den Helder, The Netherlands at 00:16UTC/02:16 local time Friday July 22.

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(Photos: Clipper Race - Visit Seattle)

Claiming its first podium of the 14-race series, PSP Logistics crossed the Race 13 finish line in second place at 01:17 UTC/03:17 local time following the race from Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Da Nang - Viet Nam clinched the third podium spot, crossing the finish line at 02:17 UTC, its second podium of the 14-race series which concludes in London July 30.

Visit Seattle Celebrates Maiden Victory At Clipper Race 13

(PSP Logistics)

“It was a great race. We've had a little bit of everything out here during this sprint of a race and we've seen many moods from the North Sea,” says Visit Seattle Skipper Huw Fernie. “The first tactical decision was getting through the Pentland Firth in a favourable tide. We focused on efficiency and made good use of our Yankee 1. As we approached the Pentland Firth I really didn't think we would make it back to the front runners.

"We came through that in fourth, then it was a case of working the tides down the coast. You could tell the boats that had the local knowledge, and even though I have done that trip several times, I didn’t think we would catch up with ClipperTelemed+. It then took about two days to work our way into first position, and then we held that. We knew this was going to be a tough one with the changeable forecast, and that any lead we had was liable to change - especially towards the end. It never felt like we had it in the bag.

“It was very stressful and tiring. We have led other races before and we have never let it stick so that was in my head a bit. We are good in short races. We kept the focus and the overall the race win has what we have been working for since the start. It was my team’s drive and input that got us to where we are and I am immensely proud. As always, it's been fun.”

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(Da Nang - Viet Nam)

PSP Logistics lies 12th at the bottom of the overall rankings, so the result was a welcomed surprise for the team.

"I am still speechless. That was a lot of hard work and I am very proud of the crew. There was a lot of pushing and not a lot of sleep,” says PSP Logistics Skipper Max Stunell. “We were very lucky at Pentland Firth as we were trailing the fleet after a kitemare. When we came round the corner at Pentland Firth, the fleet as parked up in the extreme tidal conditions, and we sailed past.

"Our 40,000 nautical miles of luck came all in one go. I knew the crew had it within them, and we have always set out to get a podium. Unfortunately it has happened this late in the race, and we have a taste for it now. However, it is a really nice way to finish the series and great to go out on a high. It's been a long time coming but we never gave up and I'm so proud of them all. Bring on the next race." 

“This short racing sure keeps you on your toes. I'm really happy with our result and the crew worked hard to get us here and finish in third position,” says Da Nang – Viet Nam Skipper Wendy Tuck. “Well done to Visit Seattle on its win and extra well done to PSP Logistics on its first podium, we are really happy for you guys."

Overall race leader LMAX Exchange finished in fifth place, one spot behind rival Derry~Londonderry~Doire in fourth, which is in second on the overall leaderboard. The result means that the gap between LMAX Exchange and Derry~Londonderry~Doire is now down to six points with one race remaining.

And for Garmin, chasing the third overall podium spot behind GREAT Britain, its seventh place result as opposed to GREAT Britain’s sixth makes it more difficult to the podium for the conclusion of series. 

The final test of nerves, Race 14 – Den Helder to London, UK, starts from The Netherlands July 28. The final leaderboard prizes will be awarded at a prize-giving ceremony in London at St Katharine Docks July 30 following a Parade of Sail up the River Thames.