Please select your home edition
Edition
GJW Direct 2020

Times Clipper fleet recalled after storm force winds

by Sue Warden-Owen on 7 Mar 2001
The Times Clipper 2000 race from Yokohama to Shanghai has been suspended due
to damage sustained by several yachts in the storm force 10 winds off the
east coast of Japan. All crew and yachts are now safely back in Yokohama.

The fleet of identical 60-foot yachts have confronted winds of 50 knots
gusting 65 knots, the highest experienced by the fleet since they left
Portsmouth in October 2000. Paul Burke, skipper of Leeds Clipper, reports
that winds have not fallen below 30 knots since the start of Race 7 from
Yokohama on Monday 5th March at 10:00 local time.

Whilst the boats have handled the dramatic seas well under their No.3 Yankee
sails and with 3 reefs in their mainsails, the wind and waves are not their
only problem. The Japanese coast has very heavy maritime traffic so the
yachts have to thread their way carefully through the shipping lane as they
beat towards the southwest.

With the eight-strong Times Clipper 2000 fleet only 40-50 miles out of
Yokohama, the Clipper Race Office has taken the sensible decision to recall
the yachts. The skippers and crews have been met by race organiser Sir
Robin
Knox-Johnston in Yokohama, where repairs to the damaged yachts will now take
place.

Commenting on the race suspension, record breaking international yachtsman
Sir Robin Knox-Jophnston said, 'Despite their dramatic experiences racing
in these very difficult conditions, the crews are in good heart, and realise
that safety is paramount, and that the racing has to wait.' Following Sir
Robin's decision for a general recall, The Times Clipper 2000 is expected to
resume on Thursday 8th March, on the 950 nautical mile race from Yokohama to
Shanghai

Related Articles

Quick drying, technical mid jacket
Henri-Lloyd's most technical, high performing fleeces to date Made from a 100% Recycled Polyester, sourced from highly renowned Italian fabric mill, Pontetoro in Italy, these are Henri-Lloyd's most technical, high performing fleeces to date.
Posted today at 12:28 pm
GP14 Victor Trophy at Welsh Harp
A warm October day in London 18 boats competed for the Victor Trophy 2022 in the October sun with typical warm Welsh Harp hospitality; both the top position and the eighth spot were a close call.
Posted today at 12:25 pm
HP Trophy at Emsworth Radio Sailing
20 competitors were welcomed at the Emsworth Mill Pond 20 competitors were welcomed at the Emsworth Mill Pond for the first running of the HP trophy sponsored by Rooster Sailing. Amongst the visitors the home team welcomed Derek Priestley, the MYA President, who had travelled from Fleetwood for the day.
Posted today at 12:18 pm
NSSA Summer 2022 activities
Bouncing back from a tricky and uncertain couple of years We have enjoyed a great summer of events bouncing back from a tricky and uncertain couple of years where many events were cancelled due to Covid.
Posted today at 10:33 am
Royal Cup 52 Super Series Scarlino overall
Quantum Racing are crowned Royal Cup champions in Scarlino, Italy Doug DeVos' Quantum Racing won the Roy/lmk al Cup 52 Super Series Scarlino title today in Tuscany, Italy, their third regatta triumph of the five event 2022 52 SUPER SERIES season.
Posted on 1 Oct
Dazzling Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez Act 1 finale
Trophies and rewards for the Classic stars Thousands of square metres of sails have been lowered in a joyous din this Saturday evening after a truly amazing finale to part one of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2022.
Posted on 1 Oct
Bo Petersen wins OK Dinghy European title
After dramatic final day in Bandol Bo Petersen has won his third OK Dinghy European Championship at Société Nautique de Bandol, France, after one final race was sailed on Saturday in Bandol. Stefan de Vries takes the silver while race winner Valerian Lebrun takes the bronze.
Posted on 1 Oct
Dark 'N' Stormy set to head to ASW 2023
Finale of Antigua Sailing Week's series of invitational regattas came to a spectacular conclusion The finale of Antigua Sailing Weeks series of invitational regattas came to a spectacular conclusion at The Royal Southern Yacht Club with the Land Union September Regatta on 24-25 September.
Posted on 1 Oct
RWYC Allspars Final Fling preview
Set for 15th & 16th October on Plymouth Sound On the weekend of the 15th and 16th October, The Royal Western Yacht Club Of England hosts the fourth year of the Allspars Final Fling Dinghy Regatta.
Posted on 1 Oct
Phantom HD Sails/ Ceildeh Midlands Series 2022
Final two events at Chase and Burton in October The Phantom Midlands Traveller Series, having had a short break over the summer months, concludes in October with its final two events at Chase Sailing Club and Burton Sailing Club.
Posted on 1 Oct