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Qingdao arrives in Madeira at end of Race 1 of Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race  [10/08/2011]

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10 August 2011

 

Madeira, Portugal

 

Qingdao 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 0842 local time (0742GMT) finishing Race 1 in eighth place.

 

A tactical gamble near the beginning of the race saw the Chinese team hug the UK coastline in search of sea breeze but misfortune befell them and they found themselves becalmed as the rest of the fleet gained a sizeable lead. Although the crew fought hard for the rest of the race and regained a couple of places, ultimately they were unable to recover. 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 Qingdao pulled alongside at the Quinta Do Lorde Marina, the team’s skipper, Ian Conchie said, “It feels great to be here, just to get Race 1 under the belt. I think the crew are relieved to be here after their first time on board for an extended period under race conditions. They’re a great crew – they’ve stayed positive throughout, even when our tactics were all failing and we were right at the back of the fleet. There have been some steep learning curves....”

 

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De Lage Landen arrives in Madeira at end of Race 1 of Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race  [10/08/2011]

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10 August 2011

 

Madeira, Portugal

 

De Lage Landen 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 0435 local time (0335 GMT) and despite a valiant effort to get on the podium the team finished the race in seventh place.

 

The battle for the final podium position was intense amongst five of the teams, including De Lage Landen, with only a handful of miles separating them over the last 24 hours of racing. In the end the American entry, New York, was able to hold their position at the front of the mid-fleet pack to take third place. Line honours in Race 1 went to Gold Coast Australia who came out victorious following a two-way battle for supremacy with Visit Finland. A tactical move east towards the coast of Portugal at the end of the 1,340-mile race enabled the Australian team to pull out a sizeable lead, forcing the Finns to settle for second place.

 

Shortly after the team, which is racing under the Dutch flag, pulled alongside at the Quinta Do Lorde Marina, skipper of De Lage Landen, Mat Booth said, “It was good. Although it was a slow start with some fickle winds in the English Channel, things started to build through the Bay of Biscay. We ended up with 45 knots across the deck and after that it was a nice downwind run - we really enjoyed it with lots of spinnaker work and spinnaker changes. The guys have grown in confidence and it’s great to see how they’re running the boat and it’s a pleasure to be in Madeira.."

 

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Welcome to Yorkshire arrives in Madeira at end of Race 1 of Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race  [10/08/2011]

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10 August 2011

 

Madeira, Portugal

 

Welcome to Yorkshire 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 0350 local time (0250GMT) and despite a valiant effort to get on the podium the team finished the race in sixth place.

 

The battle for the final podium position was intense amongst five of the teams with only a handful of miles separating them over the last 24 hours of racing. In the end the American entry, New York, was able to hold their position at the front of the mid-fleet pack to take third place. Line honours in Race 1 went to Gold Coast Australia who came out victorious following a two-way battle for supremacy with Visit Finland. A tactical move east towards the coast of Portugal at the end of the 1,340-mile race enabled the Australian team to pull out a sizeable lead, forcing the Finns to settle for second place.

 

Shortly after the English entry team pulled alongside at the Quinta Do Lorde Marina, skipper of Welcome to Yorkshire, Rupert Dean said, “It was a very challenging race indeed, after a great send off from Southampton the winds quickly dropped and before we knew it we were around the Channel Islands drifting about putting anchors out to try and stop the boat from drifting backwards in the tide....

 

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Singapore arrives in Madeira at end of Race 1 of Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race  [10/08/2011]

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10 August 2011

 

Madeira, Portugal

 

The Keppel Corporation-sponsored entry in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, Singapore, has arrived in Madeira at the end of the first stage of the race which began in Southampton on 31 July. The team crossed the line outside of Quinta Do Lorde Marina at 0304 local time (0204GMT) and despite a valiant effort the team finished the race in fifth place. The battle for the final podium position was intense amongst five of the teams with only a handful of miles separating them over the last 24 hours of racing. 

 

In the end US entry New York was able to hold their position at the front of the mid-fleet pack to take third place. Line honours in Race 1 went to Gold Coast Australia who came out victorious following a two-way battle for supremacy with Visit Finland. A tactical move east towards the coast of Portugal at the end of the 1,340-mile race enabled the Australian team to pull out a sizeable lead, forcing the Finns to settle for second place.

 

Shortly after the Singaporean team pulled alongside at the Quinta Do Lorde Marina, skipper of Singapore, Ben Bowley said, “It feels fantastic to be in. I think we’ve all be looking forward to this moment for certainly the last 24 hours. It’s been a very eventful race - we’ve learnt a lot of things and I think the crew have made some excellent progress..


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Derry-Londonderry arrives in Madeira at end of Race 1 of Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race  [10/08/2011]

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10 August 2011

 

Madeira, Portugal

 

Derry-Londonderry 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 0210 local time (0110GMT) and despite a valiant effort to get on the podium the team finished the race in a respectable fourth place.

 

The battle for the final podium position was intense amongst five of the teams with only a handful of miles separating them over the last 24 hours of racing. In the end the American entry, New York, was able to hold their position at the front of the mid-fleet pack to take third place. Line honours in Race 1 went to Gold Coast Australia who came out victorious following a two-way battle for supremacy with Visit Finland. A tactical move east towards the coast of Portugal at the end of the 1,340-mile race enabled the Australian team to pull out a sizeable lead, forcing the Finns to settle for second place...

 

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New York beats off fierce competition to claim third place in Race 1 of Clipper 11-12  [10/08/2011]

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10 August 2011

 

Madeira, Portugal

 

The US entry in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race has beaten of fierce competition to claim third place in the first race from Southampton to Madeira. New York crossed the finish line at 0059 local time (2359GMT, 9 August) having managed to keep ahead of four of the other international teams who were fighting hard to claim the final podium position up for grabs in Race 1. Line honours was taken by Gold Coast Australia who came out victorious following a two-way battle for supremacy with Visit Finland. A tactical gybe east towards the coast of Portugal at the end of the 1,340-mile race enabled the Australian entry to pull out a sizeable lead, forcing the Finns to settle for second place.

 

Shortly after the American team pulled alongside at the Quinta Do Lorde Marina, skipper of New York, Gareth Glover said, “I’m really happy with our third place position. Obviously we had a good battle with Visit Finland for the first three or four days and then eventually Gold Coast Australia joined in so we had a bit of a three way battle. The change of positions was almost on a hourly basis so it was very, very tight and it came down to who went east and who went west....

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Second place for Visit Finland in Race 1 of Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race  [10/08/2011]

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9 August 2011

 

Madeira, Portugal

 

The Finnish entry in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race has secured second place in the first race from Southampton to Madeira. Visit Finland crossed the finish line at 2022 local time (1922GMT), just under eight hours behind Gold Coast Australia who claimed line honours, finishing at 1337 local time (1237GMT). For the final part of the 1,340-mile leg it has been a two-way battle for supremacy between the Gold Coast entry and Visit Finland but a tactical gybe east enabled the Australian entry to pull out a sizeable lead, forcing the Finns to settle for second place.

 

Shortly after the team pulled alongside at the Quinta Do Lorde Marina, skipper of Visit Finland, 30-year-old Olly Osborne said, “It’s absolutely fantastic to be here. The guys worked so hard on making the miles this time and the conditions have been extremely variable, so to have hung on to this second place is brilliant...

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Australian victory in first race of Clipper 11-12 as Gold Coast Australia arrives in Madeira  [09/08/2011]

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9 August 2011

 

Madeira, Portugal

Gold Coast Australia, one of two Australian teams competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, has secured victory in the first race from Southampton to Madeira, crossing the finish line at 1337 local time (1237GMT). For the final part of the 1,340-mile leg it has been a two-way battle for supremacy between the Gold Coast entry and Visit Finland. The Finnish team are set to take second place and are expected to cross the finish line later this evening.

 

Shortly after the team pulled alongside at the Quinta Do Lorde Marina, skipper of Gold Coast Australia, 31-year-old Richard Hewson from Tasmania, said, “I feel fantastic and I’m very happy with our result. It’s great to have a podium up on the board this early into the race. It’s a great feeling......”

 

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Royal Navy lends support to start of Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race  [29/07/2011]

With one week to go until the cannon fires to signal the start of the Clipper 11-12
Round the World Yacht Race, the first global event to set off from the Solent since
2004, organisers are thrilled to welcome the Royal Navy’s helicopter carrier, HMS
Illustrious, which will attend the weekend’s festivities in Southampton, culminating in
the race start on Sunday 31 July. 


New York entry will promote tourism and business opportunities to a global audience on worlds longest ocean race  [29/07/2011]

The tenth and final entry to be announced in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht
Race is New York. It will line up against nine other internationally sponsored teams
when the race kicks off from Southampton on the UK’s south coast on 31 July 2011.
The race makes an official stopover in New York between the end of leg seven and the
beginning of the eighth and final leg of Clipper 11-12.