Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet head to Southampton

De Lage Lagden, Race 15, Day 1 - Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011-12
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet started race fifteen, from Den Helder to Southampton, at 11:00 GMT today, Thursday 19th July. As the fleet contended with fierce winds of 20-25 knots, De Lage Landen was first to cross the line in its home port, closely followed by Gold Coast Australia and Singapore.

After more than 40,000 miles at sea, the teams of ten identical 68-foot racing yachts, crewed by non-professional sailors from all walks of life, will have a nail-biting fight to the end as the teams battle for those final valuable points.

With just one point separating current third placed Singapore and fourth place De Lage Landen on the overall leader board, it will be a fight to the finish line as the final podium position in Southampton is still to be decided.

Gold Coast Australia is now unbeatable in first place and Visit Finland is secure in second place. Further down the leader board it remains tight to call, with several teams within just a few points of each other, all the teams energy will be focused on climbing to the top half of the table.

Mixed weather conditions await the fleet in Race 15 and ahead of today’s departure, De Lage Laden skipper Stuart Jackson said, 'The wind is going to be fairly strong to start with and then ease off as we make our way through the North Sea and back down the English Channel to the Solent. We are going to try and get a good jump right from the very start to get out ahead and lead the pack.'

The Clipper Race fleet will arrive in Southampton this Sunday, 22 July to a huge celebration after 51 weeks of ocean racing, visiting 15 ports of call on six continents. This will complete the world’s longest ocean race, seeing around 500 people from all walks of life celebrating their remarkable achievement after nearly twelve months at sea.

Details on the festivities in Southampton can be found here.

Latest boat positions
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PositionTeamDTFDTL
1Singapore264NM0NM
2De Lage Landen264NM0NM
3Geraldton Western Australia265NM1NM
4Gold Coast Australia265NM1NM
5Qingdao265NM1NM
6Visit Finland265NM1NM
7New York265NM1NM
8Edinburgh Inspiring Capital265NM1NM
9Derry-Londonderry266NM2NM
10Welcome to Yorkshire266NM2NM

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

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race website