Clipper Round the World Yacht Race continues to heat up

Race 14 Day 4 - Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011-12
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day four of race fourteen from Derry-Londonderry to Den Helder, the Netherlands. The ten ocean racing yachts take on the tactical challenge of timing the notorious tidal gates of the North Sea, in an attempt to win a coveted podium position.

Gold Coast Australia continues to lead the pack whilst in the last 24 hours Singapore has successfully challenged Visit Finland for second place. With just two miles separating the yachts, the race continues to heat up.

Singapore skipper, Ben Bowley described the power of the tides and the importance of timing them correctly, 'We were being swept along at ten knots whereas Visit Finland was being pinned back by the tide and making no more than four knots over the ground. This allowed us to slip on the inside of them, cutting the north Shore of Stroma Island by around half a mile.'

With just 19 miles currently separating first place Gold Coast Australia and fifth place De Lage Landen, the race is still anyone’s for the taking, 'With less than 400 miles to go until we reach Den Helder, this race is going to be decided fairly quickly. There is still everything left to play for, as there are only a few miles separating all ten yachts,' explained Stuart Jackson, skipper of the Dutch entry, De Lage Landen.

During the fleet’s stay in Den Helder, Recruitment Manager David Cusworth will be holding free hour long presentations for those interested in taking part in the future races. Click here to find out more about the Clipper Race Roadshow.

Latest boat positions
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PositionTeamDTFDTL
1Gold Coast Australia315 NM0 NM
2Singapore321 NM7 NM
3Visit Finland322 NM7 NM
4Edinburgh Inspiring Capital331 NM17 NM
5De Lage Landen334 NM19 NM
6Welcome to Yorkshire343 NM28 NM
7Qingdao354 NM40 NM
8Derry-Londonderry365 NM50 NM
9New York370 NM55 NM
10Geraldton Western Australia378 NM63 NM

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

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