The Derry-go-round arrived in Rio late last night, 5th across the finish line but likely to be a final result of 6th place after redress is given to Henri Lloyd for the time taken to complete their water transfer all the way back in the Doldrums. Congratulations!
News | Arrival in Rio | derry-go-round (the world).
Half of the fleet have now arrived in Rio, but there are still six boats out there racing, so keep an eye on the race tracker over the coming days.
Invest Africa have accepted a twelfth place in the race which will allow them to motor-sail the remaining miles to Rio and allow them to have a few days to rest, recover and get themselves ready for the crossing to Cape Town that starts on Saturday.
Over on the Derry~Londonderry~Doire crew supports site, Jon Shelley-Smith talks about why he is taking part in the Clipper Race. I had the pleasure of doing my Level 2 training with Jon, and will meet up with him and the rest of the crew in Cape Town at the end of this month.
One of the most commonly asked questions of crew members and Skippers alike is “Why?”. Jon tries to explain his motivations and fears as he gets ready to join the crew in Rio in just 7 days! When questioned if sea sickness would be one of the challenges he simply said “ah yes, the joys of seasickness, I am not counting that amongst the challenges l look forward to overcoming.”
Crew Diary | My CV30. “Are you mad?” | derry-go-round (the world).
Which way are we going? That way!
(Great to see Michelle is still trimming the asymmetric sail whilst having her photo taken!)
Clipper Race – Crew Diary – Race 2 – Day 11
Clipper Race – Race 2 Day 6: Derry~Londonderry~Doire The Leader Of The Pack.
Guess what song is going around in my head now!
Looks like my fellow LePrixSeans on board the good ship Derry~Londonderry~Doire are working hard day and night to keep the boat moving fast towards Rio and have taken over the lead from Henri Lloyd. However, with the boats so close to each other and the Doldrums yet to be crossed, I am sure that leadership of the race will change hands a few more times before the fleets arrival in Brazil.
Race 2 Day 6 Skipper Sean’s report has also be posted.
Derry~Londonderry~Doire @LegenDerry_Crew clears the windward mark first as Race 2 starts from France
— The Clipper Race (@ClipperRace) September 9, 2013
And they are off! Race 2 of the Clipper Race started today, with all 12 yachts embarking on their first ocean crossing. Derry~Londonderry~Doire have had a great start, first to the windward mark and then have been leading the pack… but it’s still early days.
Skipper Sean McCarter said in his report
The Bay of Biscay is looking like it will be a bit hairy, it is a pretty notorious area for bad seas.
“It will be interesting to see who goes into Stealth mode around the Canary Islands to disguise their position and hide their tactics. Where people cross the Equator will also be a big discussion point so there is plenty to think about.”
You can follow the race’s progress via the Clipper Race Viewer, which is now using the Yellowbrick Trackers on board – there is also an app for that!