Two Clippers a step closer to joining the fleet

westernaustralia2011.com mast is slid into place - Clipper 07-08
Durban 2010 and Beyond and westernaustralia2011.com moved closer again today to joining the rest of the fleet on their way to Santa Cruz, California.

westernaustralia2011.com was moved from her berth at Hawaii Yacht Club to the boat yard as soon as the tide was high enough and the mast builder and riggers swung into action to crane her new mast onboard. Once again it was a smooth operation watched by the big blue boat's crew who have been busy onboard, in the boat yard and at the sail loft getting their yacht ready to sail as soon as possible and learning new skills from the experts along the way.

Bruce Macky, round the world crew member from Dulwich, South Australia, said, 'I feel very pleased to see that going into place. I'm looking forward to getting sailing again - it's been a long time since 5 March. I've been here with the mast every day since the guys arrived, trying to give them a hand as best I can. I'm very, very pleased to see it finally in and I'm looking forward to when they say they've finished and I can string the rest of my ropes!'

'It's terrific to see it all go back into place. The fellas have put so much work into this, it's been incredible,' said Lyn Condratoff, another round the worlder who has been working in the sail loft on their repairing their mainsail. 'We finished that and the main is ready for putting back on the boat once the rigging's finished, of course. That again has been a terrific experience to see how it all works, the logistics of putting a sail together.'

As the sun was setting behind them the crew of Durban 2010 and Beyond were fitting the boom to their mast while victualling was being completed and food separated into day bags for both the crossing to Santa Cruz and Race 9 from the Californian port to Panama.

And while all the work continues ashore, the crews are keeping a watchful eye on how Race 8 is unfolding for the rest of the fleet who left Hawaii on Saturday morning for the 2,080-mile race to Santa Cruz.

It is another close and competitive race with all of the teams monitoring their opposition's positions at each schedule update to see whether any of them has made a break from the pack.

Hisayasu Jin from Japan, who joined Hull & Humber in Hawaii says, 'Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper and New York remained in sight during the night and every effort was made to remain in the leader board. In the morning Hull & Humber entered into a no wind zone and all possible sail combinations were attempted to move the boat in the right direction. After few hours of hectic sail changes easterly wind arrived in our favour and achieved good boat speed in terms of VMG (velocity made good)'.

Liverpool 08 watch leader Mikey Thomas has noted a change in pace and attitude since the stopover in Hawaii and asks the question, 'How are we going to improve on the last couple of results? This question is a very popular one from my family and friends as they now feel part of the team. The answer, I reply, is that we need to raise our game more as the other boats have. We have to realise that this now is no longer a race with just one experienced sailor on each boat but there are up to eight, maybe nine, experienced sailors therefore it feels like more of a professional race than
the amateur one that we signed up for.'

Latest positions and full leaderboard can be viewed at www.clipperroundtheworld.com

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