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Australian victory  [30/10/2011]

Australian victory on home soil as Gold Coast Australia continues
winning streak
 
Four wins out of four for Tasmanian skipper
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
30 October, 2011
 
 
Geraldton, Western Australia
 
Gold Coast Australia has continued its winning streak, recording a fourth consecutive
victory in the first four stages of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race. 
 
The team finished Race 4 of the 40,000-mile circumnavigation, the world’s longest
ocean race, at 0704 local time this morning (2304UTC Saturday), under clear blue
skies, racing in towards the finish line off the Geraldton shore at more than 11 knots.


Gold Coast Australia leads the way  [05/10/2011]

Gold Coast Australia leads the way at start of race to Geraldton, Western Australia


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5 October 2011


Cape Town, South Africa


After a week enjoying all Cape Town has to offer, the ten teams taking part in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race have set off on Race 4 of the 15-race series. At 40,000 miles, Clipper 11-12 is the world’s longest ocean race and in this next stage the non-professional sailors will round the Cape of Good Hope and face the might of the Southern Ocean before arriving in the City of Geraldton, Western Australia, at the end of their 4,800-mile journey.


Race 4 started under cloudless blue skies and a brisk south easterly breeze of 15 to 20 knots, typical of a Cape Town early afternoon. It made for a lively start for the stripped down 68-foot yachts as they crossed the start line and tacked upwind to the first mark in Table Bay.

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Third place for De Lage Landen in Race 3 of Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race  [28/09/2011]

De Lage Landen, one of the ten international teams competing in the Clipper 11-12
Round the World Yacht Race, have scored their first podium finish in the 15-race
series by securing third place in the third stage of the 40,000-mile circumnavigation. 


Second podium place for Visit Finland in Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race  [28/09/2011]

Visit Finland, one of the ten international teams competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round
the World Yacht Race, has scored a second podium finish in the 15-race series by
securing second place in the third stage of the 40,000-mile circumnavigation.
Chichester-based skipper, Olly Osborne, and his international crew arrived in Cape
Town, South Africa, at the end of the 3,300-mile race across the south Atlantic from
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Tuesday evening.


Hat trick for Gold Coast Australia  [27/09/2011]

Hat trick for Gold Coast Australia as they score third victory in Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

27 September 2011

 

Cape Town, South Africa

 

Gold Coast Australia, one of the ten international teams competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, have continued their winning streak by finishing first in the third stage of the 40,000-mile circumnavigation from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Cape Town, South Africa. It is the third individual race victory in a row for the crew, ‘people like you’, led by Tasmanian skipper, Richard Hewson.

 

The 68-foot yacht crossed the finish line in Table Bay against the magnificent backdrop of Table Mountain at 1256 local time (1056 UTC) today at the end of the 3,300-mile race across the South Atlantic. The team had led the fleet for the last eleven days and worked themselves into an unassailable position, which even their very slow progress in very light airs over the last two miles of the course could not damage. The victory has also consolidated their position at the top of the overall Clipper 11-12 leader-board...

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Singapore overcomes steering issues to secure third place in second stage of Clipper 11-12  [01/09/2011]

Singapore overcomes steering issues to secure third place in second stage of Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1 September 2011


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


The yacht representing Singapore in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race has taken third place in Race 2 of the 40,000-mile, year-long contest. At the end of the race from Madeira to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the team crossed the finish line in the shadow of Sugar Loaf Mountain today at 0320 local time (0620 UTC) after a herculean effort to overcome steering issues and maintain their top three position during the first transatlantic race of the competition. The result puts them second in the overall race standings.


The Keppel Corporation-sponsored Singapore yacht had been in the lead and taken the maximum three bonus points at the Scoring Gate when their primary steering gear broke and they had to resort to the secondary system. Fearing their race was over, the team set about finding a fix and within hours had fashioned a repair that enabled them to resume their race speeds and keep up the pressure across the remaining 2,500 miles of the 3,800-mile race...

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Welcome to Yorkshire secures second place in second stage of Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race  [01/09/2011]

Welcome to Yorkshire secures second place in second stage of Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1 September 2011


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


The only English entry in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, Welcome to Yorkshire, has secured second place in Race 2 of the 40,000-mile, year-long contest. At the end of the race from Madeira to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the team crossed the finish line in the shadow of Sugar Loaf Mountain today at 2210 local time (0110 UTC) after more than 20 days racing across the Atlantic Ocean.


In a highly tactical contest between the teams racing the ten 68-foot yachts, the crew of Welcome to Yorkshire kept up the pressure on eventual victors, Gold Coast Australia. The pivotal moment in their first transatlantic race was the Australian team‟s decision to take a route directly through the middle of the Cape Verde Islands, off the coast of Africa, utilising the funnel-like effect of the islands on the wind to catapult them through the centre of the archipelago and out the other side into a position of strength while Welcome to Yorkshire skirted the island chain to the west...

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Gold Coast Australia wins second stage of Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race  [31/08/2011]

Gold Coast Australia wins second stage of Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 31 August 2011


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Gold Coast Australia has won Race 2 of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race from Madeira to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, crossing the finish line in Guanabara Bay today at 0407 local time (0707 UTC) after 19 days racing across the Atlantic Ocean.
In a highly tactical contest between the teams racing the ten 68-foot yachts, the crew of Gold Coast Australia emerged victorious. The pivotal moment in their first transatlantic race was their decision to take a route directly through the middle of the Cape Verde Islands, off the coast of Africa, utilising the funnel-like effect of the islands on the wind to catapult them through the centre of the archipelago and out the other side into a position of strength.


Third to the Scoring Gate behind Singapore and Welcome to Yorkshire respectively, Gold Coast Australia has been locked in a three-way contest with the British and Asian entries for the last 3,000 miles, gaining the ascendency as Singapore suffered steering failure. The Australian team capitalised on their position, stretching their lead and were first to cross the Equator into the Southern Hemisphere, beating the rest of the fleet to the beginning of the Ocean Sprint, where they were the fastest team to cover the distance between five and ten degrees south and earned a bonus point for doing so...

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Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet sets off from Madeira on first Atlantic leg to Rio de Janeiro  [13/08/2011]

Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet sets off from
Madeira on first Atlantic leg to Rio de Janeiro
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
12 August 2011
 
Madeira, Portugal
 
At 1630 local time (1530GMT) the gun fired and the ten internationally sponsored
teams competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race crossed the line at
the start of the 3,850-mile race from Madeira to Rio de Janeiro. 
 
In the strong north easterly trade winds, blowing 20 to 25 knots, the boats jostled for
position and Geraldton Western Australia, who were early to the line had to put on the
brakes to prevent themselves crossing early.

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Geraldton Western Australia arrives in Madeira after successful medevac of injured crew member  [10/08/2011]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

10 August 2011

 

Madeira, Portugal

 

Geraldton Western Australia has arrived in Madeira at the end of the first stage of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race which began in Southampton on 31 July. The team crossed the line outside of Quinta Do Lorde Marina at 1030 local time (0930GMT) finishing Race 1 in ninth place. Line honours went to Gold Coast Australia, who came out victorious following a two-way battle for supremacy with Visit Finland, and New York completed the podium line up by finishing in third place.

 

Shortly after Geraldton Western Australia pulled alongside in the marina, the team’s skipper, Juan Coetzer, said, “The race was full of challenges all the way through. We didn’t give up after we had to put into port – at that stage we thought we would try to get back in the race as quickly as possible and as a result we got ninth place which was really great work from the crew. They’ve worked really hard and we got a nice warm reception in Madeira....”

 

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