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New skipper for Edinburgh Inspiring Capital  [06/04/2012]

New skipper for Edinburgh Inspiring Capital in Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5 April 2012


Oakland, San Francisco Bay, California


Italian yachtsman, Flavio Zamboni, is to take over as interim skipper of Edinburgh Inspiring Capital the Scottish entry in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, which is currently in Oakland, San Francisco Bay at the end of the Pacific Ocean crossing.
Flavio, a 38-year-old yachtsman, who was born in Venice and lives in Southampton, UK, has a competitive racing background. He won the first ever RORC Caribbean 600 Race in 2009, and has been notching up a number of ‘first in class’ results in a variety of regattas in Europe and the Caribbean. As an experienced skipper of large yachts he has numerous Atlantic crossings under his belt, and has also competed in the Tall Ships Race on a boat run by the Italian Navy.


Furthermore Flavio knows what is required of the world’s longest yacht race, having worked for Clipper Training for the last two years, training crew members to prepare them for the rigours of ocean racing and has been working with Clipper Ventures in a freelance capacity since 2006...

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Hospitalised Clipper Race crew member has broken ribs and vertebra plus ruptured spleen  [05/04/2012]

Hospitalised Clipper Race crew member has broken ribs and vertebra plus ruptured spleen


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3 April 2012 (Pacific Time)


There were triumphant scenes in Oakland, California last night, when the Geraldton Western Australia entry made it to the marina, after 30 long days at sea. One of its evacuated crew, who was injured when the boat was hit by a 100 foot large wave in heavy seas on Saturday, has been diagnosed with numerous cracked ribs and vertebra, as well as a ruptured spleen.


Jane Hitchins, a 50-year-old doctor from Kent, UK, was injured when a 100 foot wave hit the Geraldton Western Australia yacht in its Pacific Ocean crossing from Qingdao, China to San Francisco Bay.


After being taken of the US Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf in Alameda yesterday, Jane has now been examined by doctors. She has suffered numerous cracked ribs and vertebra in her lower back, and a ruptured spleen. None of these injuries are considered to be life threatening.

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UPDATE 2 Bad weather hampers Pacific Ocean rescue  [02/04/2012]

UPDATE 2: Bad weather hampers Pacific Ocean rescue operation for injured Clipper 11-12 crew

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1 April 2012

 

***US Coast Guard footage available***

 Broadcast footage, including imagery from the US Coast Guard’s air drop of medical supplies earlier today, is available for media use at www.clipperbroadcast.com.

 

2200 UTC/2300 BST

 

Bad weather is hampering the Pacific Ocean rescue operation launched by the US Coast Guard after four crew members taking part in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race were injured.  They are racing on board Geraldton Western Australia, one of ten 68-foot ocean racing yachts competing in the event.

 

A particularly deep and nasty low pressure system passing across their route, approximately 400 miles from the finish line in San Francisco Bay, whipped up the ocean and a huge wave crashed over the back of the boat, wiping out their steering column and injuring four crew members...

 

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UPDATE Clipper 11-12 Race yacht in Pacific Ocean incident  [02/04/2012]

UPDATE: Clipper 11-12 Race yacht in Pacific Ocean incident

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1 April 2012

 

The rescue operation is continuing after four crew members on board Geraldton Western Australia, one of the ten 68-foot yachts competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, sustained injuries during storm force conditions in the Pacific Ocean around 400 miles off the California coast.

 

Yesterday a large wave washed over the Geraldton Western Australia yacht, sweeping away its steering mounting and wheel, some of its communications equipment and injuring four crew members.

 

Earlier plans to parachute US Coast Guard personnel onto the yacht from a C-130 plane, which had dropped additional medical supplies and specialist stretchers onto the yacht, were abandoned due to the weather conditions...

 

Currently 350 miles off the Californian coast, the yacht is beyond the range of a shore-based helicopter so a US Coast Guard cutter with a deck helipad has been dispatched to rendezvous with Geraldton Western Australia in order to carry out a two-part airlift if necessary. They are expected to reach the yacht at approximately 1530 UTC on Sunday (0830 local time, California)...

 

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Derry-Londonderry take fourth place  [02/04/2012]

Derry-Londonderry take fourth place in toughest leg of Clipper Race

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1 April 2012 (Pacific Time)

Oakland, San Francisco Bay, California

 

After a gruelling 6,000 miles at sea crossing the world’s largest ocean, Derry-Londonderry crossed the finish line under the Golden Gate Bridge at 2329UTC today having conquered the toughest leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Only two hours separated them from another podium place.

 

Despite heavy storms and waves the sizes of buildings incurred over the past 28 days crossing the mighty Pacific Ocean, Derry-Londonderry were in the top three in the majority of the race – losing out on a podium place by only two hours, as the New York entry beat them with a last minute tactical change...

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US Coast Guard launch operation to assist yacht competing in Clipper Race  [01/04/2012]

US Coast Guard launch operation to assist yacht competing in Clipper Round the World Yacht Race after injuries sustained in heavy seas: Para-jumpers to be despatched and container vessel diverted to assist.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 31 March 2012 (Pacific Time)


Geraldton Western Australia, one of the ten 68-foot yachts competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, is in the middle of an operation to supply medical assistance after four of its crew members sustained injuries during storm conditions in the Pacific Ocean around 400 miles off the California coast.


Earlier today, a large wave came over the Geraldton Western Australia yacht, which swept away its steering mounting and wheel, some of its communications equipment and injured four crew members. The Clipper Race Office is currently working with UK and US Coast Guard agencies to assist with medical advice and support.


The four crew members have sustained a range of injuries, including suspected cracked or broken ribs and are being treated by medically trained colleagues. The affected crew members are: Nik Brbora a 28-year-old software engineer living in London with a possible pelvic sprain. Jane Hitchins a 50-year-old doctor from Kent with four suspected broken ribs. Max Wilson, 62, from Queensland, Australia with two suspected cracked or broken ribs. Mark Burkes, 37, from Worcestershire UK with a back injury.


The rest of the crew are uninjured but shaken by the incident. All crew next of kin have been informed.

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Singapore secures best position yet taking second place into San Francisco Bay FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 31 March 2012  [01/04/2012]

Singapore secures best position yet taking second place into San Francisco Bay


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 31 March 2012


Oakland, San Francisco Bay, California


After a gruelling 6,000 miles at sea crossing the world’s largest ocean, Singapore has secured its best position in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race so far, as they were second to cross the finish line under the Golden Gate Bridge at 1713UTC today.


Despite heavy storms and waves the sizes of buildings endured the past 28 days crossing the mighty Pacific Ocean, Singapore, a yacht sponsored by Keppel Corporation, today secured its first second place in the world’s longest yacht race, as well as securing two additional points for the Scoring Gate...

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Welcome to Yorkshire arrives in Qingdao to a heroes welcome  [24/02/2012]

Welcome to Yorkshire arrives in Qingdao to a hero’s welcome FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


24 February 2012 Qingdao, China


The Welcome to Yorkshire entry in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, has arrived in Qingdao, China, today to a hero’s welcome completing one of the toughest legs of the world’s longest ocean race.


The Yorkshire entry, appropriately nicknamed ‘Pink lady’ blended in well, as part of the colourful arrival in Qingdao, where they secured ninth place in the race from Singapore.


They were greeted at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre with a specular ceremony including fireworks, drums and, not least, dozens of Chinese and international media who all fought to get pictures and interviews with the heroic crew.

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First Clipper Race teams arrive in Qingdao  [22/02/2012]

First Clipper Race teams arrive in Qingdao to a hero’s welcome

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
22 February 2012

Qingdao, China

The first teams to complete Race 8 of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, have started to arrive in Qingdao, China, today to a hero’s welcome. De Lage Landen clinched first place as Geraldton Western Australia celebrated line honours. Meanwhile, Gold Coast Australia secured a podium place despite a medevac off Taiwan.

Line honours were taken by Geraldton Western Australia who crossed the line at 23.28 UTC on Tuesday 21 February 2012. They were followed by De Lage Landen just 23 minutes later at 23.51 UTC. However, because the Race Committee granted a request from De Lage Landen for redress after leaving the race to support Gold Coast Australia during a medical emergency, their adjusted race time was 6 hours 37 minutes shorter than Geraldton Western Australia...

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Singapore Departure  [04/02/2012]

Singapore drummers beat a tattoo as Clipper 11-12 Race fleet sets
sail for China
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4 February 2012
 
Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore
 
After a week-long stopover in spectacular Singapore, the ten yachts taking part in the
Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race set sail this morning from the exclusive
Marina at Keppel Bay, where they have been based since last Saturday. 
 
The send-off was no less spectacular than the welcome festivities

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