Day 19Race 4 from Cape Town to Geraldton, Western Australia, is proving just how evenly matched the crews competing in Clipper 09-10 are. The last four days of racing have seen the margins between the yachts remain fairly static and even the smallest gains over competitors have been difficult to come by as the teams maintain the kind of focus demanded of elite sports men and women to wring every last knot of boat speed from the available wind. Even more remarkable is that these crews who are proving themselves as skilled and competent ocean racers were, until just three months ago, people like you: bankers, taxi drivers, nurses, engineers, marketing executives, managing directors, lawyers, farmers, students, CEOs and the gamut of professions in between. More astonishing still is the fact that before embarking on their compulsory pre-race Clipper Training program more than 40 per cent of them had never set foot on a boat.
Positions at 1200 UTC, Thursday, December 10th:
1 – Team Finland DTF 1010
2 – Spirit of Australia DTF 1043 DTL +33
3 – Uniquely Singapore DTF 1060 DTL +50
4 – Cape Breton Island DTF 1075 DTL +65
5 – Qingdao DTF 1094 DTL +84
6 – Jamaica Lightning Bolt DTF 1115 DTL +105
7 – Edinburgh Inspiring Capital DTF 1129 DTL +119
8 – California DTF 1203 DTL +193
9 – Cork DTF 1886 DTL +876
10 – Hull & Humber DTF 2903 DTL +1893
For event management and further details please contact the Qingdao International Yacht Club (QIYC).
Photo ‘Qingdao’ © Clipper Ventures PLC