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Fleet arrive in Keppel Bay Singapore  [29/01/2012]

Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister welcomes Clipper 11-12 Round
the World Yacht Race fleet in spectacular arrival ceremony
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
28 January 2012
 
Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore
 
A light beacon rising up from the ground, dancers, pyrotechnics and senior
dignitaries, including Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister, welcomed the Clipper 11-12
Round the World Yacht Race fleet to Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore, this morning.
 
Dr Lee Boon Yang, Chairman of Keppel Corporation, and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the
founder and Chairman of the Clipper Race, ignited the ‘Torch of Passion’, setting in motion
the welcome celebrations for the fleet, and guest of honour, Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy
Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs,
presented the Singapore Cup to the winning crew from Gold Coast Australia.


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Cracker of a race start for Clipper 11-12 fleet on Christmas Eve  [24/12/2011]

Cracker of a race start for Clipper 11-12 fleet on Christmas Eve


Race 7 to Singapore gets underway from Gold Coast, Australia


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 24 December 2011
Gold Coast, Australia


The teams taking part in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race are preparing for Christmas Day at sea after a challenging start to the race from the Gold Coast to Singapore, the seventh stage of the world’s longest ocean race.


The three-metre swell and strong winds whipped up by Tropical Cyclone Fina, which has been tracking down the Queensland coast, weren’t the gifts the teams had been hoping for and made for a lively opening to Race 7 in which Singapore got off to a flyer.
They were followed across the line several boat lengths behind by New York and Welcome to Yorkshire who continued to match each other down the coast towards the turning mark at Burleigh Heads. The two Aussie entries were next, Gold Coast Australia and Geraldton Western Australia, followed by Qingdao, De Lage Landen and Derry-Londonderry. Winner of the last race, Visit Finland, and Edinburgh Inspiring Capital completed the order over the start line.


All the teams had their mainsail reefed in and made a spectacular sight for the news helicopters buzzing overhead and the spectators lining the coastline and watching from the surf clubs between Southport and Burleigh...

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2018 Commonwealth Games logo unveiled on Gold Coast Australia  [20/12/2011]

2018 Commonwealth Games logo unveiled on Gold Coast Australia Clipper 11-12 Race yacht to carry 2018 Games message around the world

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 19 December 2011


Gold Coast Australia, one of the ten yachts competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, now has another, very special message to carry around the world after the 2018 Commonwealth Games logo was unveiled for the first time this morning on the hull of the 68-foot ocean racer.


In addition to spreading the word that the Gold Coast is ‘Famous for fun’, the yacht is now carrying the logo of the 2018 Commonwealth Games which the city has recently won the right to host.


The design was unveiled for the first time this morning by Gold Coast Mayor, Ron Clarke, and Queensland’s Acting Minister for Sport, Simon Finn.


Mayor Clarke said having the yacht, which is sponsored by Gold Coast City Council and Gold Coast Tourism, carry the logo around the world for the remaining seven months of the race is a fantastic opportunity....

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Farewell to New Zealand  [04/12/2011]

Maori farewell as Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race sets
sail from Bay of Plenty
 
Sailors give Tauranga the thumbs up after week long stopover
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4 December 2011
 
Tauranga, New Zealand
 
There was a traditional Maori kapa haka farewell in Tauranga Bridge Marina and a
blast of the horn as a passenger liner at Tauranga’s cruise terminal saluted the teams
setting out into the lively waters of New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty for the start of the
sixth stage of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race.

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Southampton named as finish port  [02/12/2011]

EMBARGOED UNTIL 0001 HRS GMT FRIDAY 2 DECEMBER 
 
Clipper Race fleet reaches opposite side of the planet as date set
for return back into Southampton
 
Planning begins for triumphant return to Solent on Sunday 22 July
2012
 
The Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race has arrived in New
Zealand this week – half a world away from the Solent where the race
started four months ago and will return in a further eight months.


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Visit Finland scores third podium finish of Clipper 11-12  [25/11/2011]

Visit Finland scores third podium finish of Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race


Second place for Finnish team in Race 5


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 25 November 2011
Tauranga, New Zealand


Visit Finland, skippered by Chichester-based skipper, Olly Osborne, have put in another impressive performance to secure their third podium place of the Clipper 11- 12 Round the World Yacht Race.


In sixth place just four days ago, the Finnish team climbed their way through the ten- strong fleet to complete the 3,800-mile race from Geraldton, Western Australia, to Tauranga, New Zealand, in second place.


Visit Finland crossed the finish line in darkness at 2202 local time (0902 UTC) and the result will be enough to keep the team in second place overall in the 15-race series. Overall leaders, Gold Coast Australia, won the race – their fifth consecutive victory in Clipper 11-12...

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Five wins in a row for Gold Coast Australia  [24/11/2011]

Five wins in a row for Gold Coast Australia in Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race


Emotional homecoming for Kiwi crew members


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 25 November 2011
Tauranga, New Zealand


It was a nail biting and frustrating finish for Gold Coast Australia, one of the ten 68- foot yachts competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, as they closed in on the Race 5 finish line at Tauranga, New Zealand, to secure their fifth consecutive victory in the 15-race series.


Beating into a strong north westerly breeze they crossed the finish line at 03.26 local time on Friday 25 (1426 UTC Thursday 24).
The team had led from the start of the 3,800-mile stage, which set out from Geraldton, Western Australia, 19 days ago and has seen all ten teams face the full fury of Mother Nature as they raced across the Southern Ocean, riding out storms and surfing waves as tall as buildings. But, as they closed in on the finish line in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty, the brakes went on for the front runners and they had to watch as the chasing pack closed down their lead. As they rounded the East Cape, 100 miles from the finish line, disaster struck and they damaged their mainsail, forcing the team to complete the race under a much reduced sail plan...

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Race 5 gets underway from Geraldton Western Australia  [06/11/2011]

‘Friendliest city’ bids farewell to Clipper 11-12 Race fleet as Race 5 gets underway from Geraldton Western Australia
Thousands turn out for start of race to Tauranga, New Zealand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6 November 2011
Geraldton, Western Australia


After what is widely acknowledged by the crews as the friendliest welcome of Clipper 11-12, the ten teams taking part in the world’s longest ocean race have set sail from Geraldton, Western Australia, bound for Tauranga, New Zealand in Race 5 of the 15- race, 40,000-mile circumnavigation.


The hooter sounded at 1330 local time (0530 UTC) and, with a flotilla of local spectator boats in attendance, the teams raced away from the start line, around the turning mark and back towards the second mark just 50 metres off the beach in a brisk westerly breeze...

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New York claims third place in battle to Race 4 finish line in Clipper 11-12  [01/11/2011]

New York claims third place in battle to Race 4 finish line in Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1 November 2011


Geraldton, Western Australia


In a race to the finish line befitting Melbourne Cup Day in Australia, the battle between New York and Visit Finland for the final Race 4 podium place was won by a nose by the American entry. The latest stage of the 40,000-mile Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, from Cape Town to Geraldton, Western Australia, saw New York endure a nerve-wracking spell of light winds in the closing stages of the race, watching as Visit Finland closed in on them.


In the end just 21 minutes separated the two teams after 4,800 miles of ocean racing, New York crossing the finish line at 1349 local time (0549 UTC) and Visit Finland finishing in a freshening southerly breeze at 1410 (0610 UTC).


New York’s skipper, Gareth Glover, said, “We knew when we were in the wind hole and we saw them coming round to the north of us that the wind was much better for them so we had about five or six hours to get out of the wind hole. They managed to get a few miles in front of us but we knew we’d have them at the end!”...


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Second place for De Lage Landen in Race 4  [31/10/2011]

Second place for De Lage Landen in Race 4 of Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race


Best result of campaign so far for Dutch entry
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 31 October 2011


Geraldton, Western Australia
De Lage Landen have scored their best result of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race so far, finishing the Race 4 from Cape Town to Geraldton in second place.
The team crossed the finish line at 1405 local time (0605 UTC) racing in under an easterly breeze towards the Geraldton shoreline at more than eleven knots.


Skipper, Stuart Jackson, said, “It’s fantastic to finally get in to Geraldton, they’ve given us a really warm welcome and it’s been quite a leg. There have been lots of ups and downs – we’ve been through some great storms and been sitting in no wind as well, which is fairly unprecedented for the Southern Ocean but we’re all here and in one piece.”...

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