Please select your home edition
Edition
Clipper Ventures
JOIN THE RACE JOIN THE 2017-18 RACE MAGAZINE DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL SOUVENIR RACE MAGAZINE Check out the latest photo galleries from the Clipper 2015-16 Race
UNICEF ABOUT UNICEF

Clipper 2017-18 Stormhoek Race: Punta del Este to Cape Town - Day 13

by Julia Fry on 17 Oct 17 October 2017

With less than two days before the fleet is scheduled to start descending upon the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, light wind conditions are bringing last minute frustrations for the majority of the fleet, with leader board positions still very much up for grabs.

With Dare to Lead and Garmin activating Stealth Mode, Greenings leads the fleet once again with less than 350 nautical miles until the finish line. Talking about the striking difference in weather conditions, Greenings Skipper Andy Woodruff comments: "It has gone quiet at sea on what may be the penultimate night before reaching Cape Town.

"This could not be more different than the 24 hours where we sailed 329 nautical miles!"

Liverpool 2018 has crept up the leader board from fourth to second thanks to the absence of the teams in Stealth Mode, and has taken advantage of the light wind patch to complete some routine maintenance before Cape Town. Visit Seattle currently holds onto fourth place with Nasdaq, also suffering in the light winds, sitting in sixth behind Qingdao. Nasdaq Skipper Rob Graham explains: "What had started so well with a neck-and neck drag race against Qingdao turned into a struggle to keep our good ship Nasdaq moving at all, never mind in the right direction.

"It was some consolation to remind ourselves that the other boats around us were having the same struggle, but having blown apart our Code 1 (lightweight spinnaker) a couple of nights ago, we seemed to be even slower than them - as we saw when Qingdao and then Visit Seattle popped up on AIS for a while."

The two Chinese team entries competing in the 2017-18 edition, Sanya Serenity Coast and Qingdao, have made some gains overnight and now sit in third and fifth place respectively. However, as Qingdao Skipper Chris Kobusch explains, this does not mean the teams can get complacent, saying: "Leg 2 is coming to a close end and as it looks these last few days will decide if we get in fourth or eighth. A tight finish once again."

Sitting behind the leading pack is GREAT Britain in seventh place, which is now drag racing eighth placed HotelPlanner.com to Cape Town. Skipper of HotelPlanner.com Conall Morrison explains: "It is too easy to sound like this race is over but we have been struggling to find the boat speed of the leaders on this leg, our focus remains on doing our best to catch GREAT Britain before the finish, and in keeping our sails and equipment in good order."

With the race finish just around the corner for some of the fleet, the Skippers' thoughts have been echoed by Clipper Race Director Mark light. Prior to Dare to Lead's Stealth Mode activation at 18:00 UTC yesterday, Mark commented on just how close Race 2: Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms as been, saying: "It is a fantastic race with the first two boats being separated by less than three nautical miles after 3,000 nautical miles of racing... what a finish we are going to have into Cape Town!"

Further back, ninth placed Unicef is approaching the end of the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint, but all twelve teams will need to await PSP Logistics' completion before the bonus race points can be awarded for the fastest three teams. PSP Logistics is nearing the half way mark, but despite being further behind, the team is watching fleet progress with great enthusiasm. Skipper Roy Taylor says: "It looks like the lead pack are within a day or two of the finish and all still very tight up there, it must be nail biting back at home watching the Race Viewer"

Looking ahead, Clipper Race Meteorologist, Simon Rowell, explains that a front is sweeping quickly through the bulk of the fleet. Whilst it has eased a bit, teams may still get gusts into the low 40 knots, with squalls embedded into the mix.

For an idea of when the fleet is expected to cross the Finish Line, please see the Estimated Arrivals Time on the Clipper Race website.

To stay up to date on the fleet's progress, keep a close eye on the Clipper Race Viewer. All positions were correct at time of writing.

Want to catch up on the action and news from life on board during Race 2? Then read the Skipper Reports and Crew Blogs, which are all available on the Clipper Race Team Pages.

Find out more at www.clipperroundtheworld.com

Related Articles

Clipper Race Dell Latitude Rugged Race day 21
Support streams in as treams count down to Fremantle As the Clipper Race teams look ahead to arriving in to Fremantle later this week, Skippers from across the fleet have expressed their gratitude on behalf of the crew for the messages from back home after a tough few days in the Southern Ocean. Posted today at 1:05 pm
Clipper Race Dell Latitude Rugged Race day 20
Sombre mood across fleet as race continues Thoughts of love and support for the family, friends and crewmates of Simon Speirs remain at the forefront of the minds across the fleet today as GREAT Britain Skipper Andy Burns and his crew pay tribute to their lost team member. Posted on 20 Nov
Clipper Race Dell Latitude Rugged Race day 19
A time of quiet reflection across the fleet Racing has taken a back seat over the past 24 hours for the Clipper Race fleet following the tragedy on board CV30 (GREAT Britain) yesterday. Posted on 19 Nov
GREAT Britain crew member fatality
Clipper Ventures saddened to announce Simon Speirs dies Clipper Ventures is extremely saddened to report the fatality of Simon Speirs, a crew member on board CV30, (GREAT Britain). Posted on 19 Nov
Clipper Race Dell Latitude Rugged Race day 18
Race Leaders begin Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint Leaderboard standings across the fleet have stayed consistent over the last 24 hours as the leading teams began their Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint. Posted on 18 Nov
Clipper Race Dell Latitude Rugged Race day 17
Sleigh Ride begins ahead of Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint Christmas has come early for the Clipper Race fleet which is finally enjoying the downwind sailing conditions that teams have been hoping for as they gear up for the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint. Posted on 17 Nov
Clipper Race Dell Latitude Rugged Race day 16
Teams await a wind shift It has been a pleasant day for the leading teams but teams are eagerly waiting for the stronger westerlies, which will carry them through the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint and then on to Race Finish in Fremantle, Australia. Posted on 16 Nov
Clipper Race Dell Latitude Rugged Race day 15
Fast downwind conditions replaced by shifting winds Day 15 of Race 3: The Dell Latitude Rugged Race has seen mixed conditions for the Clipper Race fleet with fast downwind conditions being replaced by shifting winds and lighter airs for many teams. Posted on 15 Nov
Clipper Race Dell Latitude Rugged Race day 14
Spinnakers emerge as westerlies fill in The westerly winds that the Clipper Race fleet has been waiting for finally arrived for many of the teams as they pass the halfway mark of Race 3: The Dell Latitude Rugged Race to Fremantle, Australia. Posted on 14 Nov
Clipper Race Dell Latitude Rugged Race day 13
Winds frustrate across the fleet A waiting game has descended over the Clipper Race fleet, with all the teams waiting on the wind to decide their fates heading into the second half of Race 3: The Dell Latitude Rugged Race to Fremantle, Australia. Posted on 13 Nov