Please select your home edition
Barton Marine 2019 728x90
JOIN THE RACE JOIN THE 2019-20 RACE MAGAZINE DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL SOUVENIR RACE MAGAZINE Check out the latest photo galleries from The Clipper Race

The Clipper Race Leg 1 - Race 2, Day 6: The Commodore's Cup

by The Clipper Race 21 Sep 2019 15:51 BST 21 September 2019
The Clipper Race Leg 1 - Race 2, Day 6: The Commodore's Cup © Clipper Race

Close match racing has been the order of the day on Day 6 of Race 2: The Commodore's Cup to Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Incredibly after around 1,000 nautical miles of racing, three boats - GoToBermuda, Zhuhai, and WTC Logistics, have almost been in touching distance as they raced along the coast of Western Sahara.

GoToBermuda Skipper David Immelmann is relishing being up against his childhood friend and fellow Capetonian Nick Leggat on Zhuhai, and reported: "The little battle between Zhuhai and ourselves ended up in all out war this morning, with the two of us match racing a few metres apart. As I said yesterday, not an inch given and not an inch taken, and well it got worse. A good few hours, which the crews were loving. Reach up to cover, bear away, back up... great fun. Not much has changed and we are reaching next to each other again. "Nick made a good gybe and pulled a bit out but not for long - Nick we are coming! I have had to add a new standing order, 'watch Zhuhai like a hawk'."

WTC Logistics turned the two-horse race into a battle royale shortly after sunset, and Zhuhai Skipper Nick Legget commented: "Towards sunset, the African coastline became clearly visible off our port bow as the wind began to back more towards the north. We put in a quick gybe as the wind shifted and took GoToBermuda by surprise, finally overtaking them as the sun dipped below the horizon. As the darkness set in, another light appeared to starboard. This turned out to be WTC Logistics, who passed close astern of us and then gybed onto our track. For some time, all three boats followed the same path through the night with no more than five nautical miles separating us. Great racing!"

GotoBermuda and WTC Logistics both gybed south shortly before daybreak to put some distance between the three teams but no doubt the close contest has reinvigorated all on board.

Elsewhere, the conditions have been ideal for the Clipper 70s and Punta del Este Skipper Jeronimo Santos Gonzalez said: "Today has been a day of surfing wave after wave along the coast of Africa. Sailing on 18 knots of wind and doing 16.5 knots of speed is pretty rewarding and it has all been due to surfing waves. The conditions were perfect, the right amount of wind with the right angle of waves. Surfing waves on a boat is no different from a surfer catching waves, apart from the 43 tonnes difference."

Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam has reappeared from Stealth Mode but the decision to go off the grid for 24 hours didn't have quite the result the team was hoping for. Skipper Josh Stickland reports: "So we went into Stealth Mode only for us to bump into Qingdao 12 hours later. But had a little chat with Chris and Rhiannon and we are now half a mile behind them and gaining. It's all getting very tense with five to six boats all in the running for the Scoring Gate and I can see and feel the competitiveness of the crew coming out, which is nice to see."

Despite being dogged by Qingdao, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam did emerge from Stealth Mode in third place. The second placed Qingdao will go into Stealth Mode at 1200 UTC, meaning they will not be visible on the Race Viewer for 24 hours to anyone besides the Race Office. With Qingdao currently only 10nm behind Visit Sanya, China, will the tactical move accelerate them into first place as the fleet edges closer to the Scoring Gate?

Keep an eye on all the action here.

Related Articles

Nailbiting conclusion to Sanya Tropical Race
WTC Logistics scoops top spot and first podium of the Clipper 2019-20 Race WTC Logistics clinched victory in Race 6: The Sanya Tropical Paradise from the Whitsundays, Australia to Subic Bay, Philippines in dramatic fashion. Overtaking Qingdao and Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam, who finished second and third respectively Posted on 15 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 6, Day 26
The race remains: Each team made a valiant effort in their quest WTC Logistics, Qingdao and Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam have arrived into Subic Bay, Philippines securing first, second and third podium places respectively in Race 6. Posted on 14 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 6, Day 25
The finale continues to be a thrilling and closely fought contest The competition at the top of the current race standings couldn't be closer. Hit refresh on the Clipper Round the World, Race Viewer and the four leading teams seem to shuffle as quickly as the screen and website is able to reload. Posted on 13 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 6, Day 24
The path to success is never smooth The eventual champion of Race 6 will need to navigate through the difficult, fickle weather conditions and seize any advantage thrown at them in the final 200 nautical miles to the finish line. Posted on 12 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 6, Day 23
The front runners are closing in on the home straight The front runners are closing in on the home straight but all teams remain resolutely motivated in the challenge ahead and aren't relenting in their quest to achieve an improved ranking in the overall race positions or indeed achieving a podium place. Posted on 11 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 6, Day 22
Whose decision-making will have paid off? Many of the teams have now completed the Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint, following the crossing most skippers have been pondering on their tactical decision making. Posted on 10 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 6, Day 21
The fleet charge towards the Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint Across the board, the teams have reported increased boat speeds and the varied change in conditions has introduced the newer crew members to a faster paced ocean racing environment. Posted on 9 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 6, Day 20
Current leaderboard positions remain unchanged As the current leaderboard positions remain unchanged it has some of the teams feeling like it is Groundhog Day on board. Posted on 8 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 6, Day 19
Many of the teams are still racing remarkably close The trade winds have brought speedy sailing conditions and with that, swift sail changes which in itself brings challenges in this ocean-racing game. Posted on 7 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 6, Day 18
The competition continues to thrill In particular, there is a close battle for second place between Qingdao,Visit Sanya, China, Imagine your Korea and Punta del Este with WTC Logistics also striving to increase its position. Posted on 6 Feb