Clipper Round the World Race fleet prepare for Scoring Gate dash

Race 13, Nova Scotia - Derry-Londonderry Day 3 - Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011-12
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day three of race thirteen from Nova Scotia to Derry-Londonderry. It has been another eventful 24 hours for the teams racing across the North Atlantic.

While the winds have eased off slightly along with the spur of sea sickness, thoughts have turned to tactics overnight. The ten yacht entries are considering when to head north towards the optional Scoring Gate, which could give them vital additional points in these final stages of the world’s longest ocean race.

Visit Finland’s skipper, Olly Osborne says, 'As the weather changes over the next couple of days it will not only provide respite from the choppy upwind sailing, but should see the fleet turning northward toward the rhumb line route. This will hopefully be a chance for us to take advantage of our northerly position, and to get a head start in the dash for the Scoring Gate. But only time will tell who the weather will favour in this notoriously unpredictable region, and for the meantime it's still best course to windward.'

The Finnish entry has slipped back into second place, with only one mile separating them and first-place Gold Coast Australia who remains in a more southerly position with the majority of the fleet.

Singapore has moved back up the leader board in third place ahead of Welcome to Yorkshire, currently in fourth. 'We now have a couple of days of lighter wind up ahead of us and how we play the taking angles will be essential if we are to pop out the other side and get moving to the north again before our rivals,' says Singapore skipper, Ben Bowley.

The Clipper Race fleet is set to arrive into Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland between 29 June and 1 July.

Latest boat positions (0900 UTC)
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1Gold Coast Australia1890NM0NM
2Visit Finland1891NM1NM
4Welcome to Yorkshire1903NM13NM
5Geraldton Western Australia1906NM16NM
8Edinburgh Inspiring Capital1922NM32NM
9De Lage Landen1943NM53NM
10New York1964NM74NM

Full positions are updated every three hours and can be found online along with daily skipper reports.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race website