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The Clipper Race Leg 2 - Race 3, Day 17 - Fleet starts to arrive into Cape Town

by Clipper Round the World Race 9 Nov 2019 15:10 GMT 9 November 2019
Qingdao wins standoff in South Atlantic Showdown - The Clipper Race Leg 2 - Race 3, Day 17 © Clipper Race

The Spinlock South Atlantic Showdown delivered what it promised as a close fought standoff between the eleven identical Clipper Race teams played out along the entire 3,555 mile racecourse before Qingdao clinched the win at 07:06:12UTC on Friday 8 November.

Crossing the finish line beneath Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain after 16 days of racing, Chris Brooks, Skipper of winning Qingdao team, said: "I was always looking for an opportunity to get back into the fleet and then the two low pressure systems came together and it was the perfect opportunity to take one low pressure up and the other round and that was the turning point. It's fantastic to win Race 3 and the welcome into Cape Town has been perfect."

He added: "The crew just keep on going, they are gelling as a team and it becomes more fluid. I can't ask for more. All you can do is start each race with the outlook that you can win it and that's what we are going to do; we will keep trying to win every one."

In addition to eleven race points earnt, the teams had two opportunities to score bonus race points; a fastest-to-the-line Scoring Gate and fastest-elapsed-time in the Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint.

Qingdao will also pick up one point for coming third in the Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint. Depending on any accrued penalty points, which will be established in the following weeks, this result should see Qingdao hold onto its spot on the overall leaderboard.

Forming the third of 15 individual races that make up the epic global route, almost 200 people from all walks of life, including a farmer, safari leader, teacher and student, have raced around the clock from the Uruguayan resort of Punta del Este to Cape Town, South Africa.

A far cry from their normal daily routines, these remarkable men and women have sailed on modern ocean-racing yachts through storms, waves higher than houses and freezing temperatures to reach Cape Town's V&A Waterfront, where they will be berthed for the coming ten days.

Stay up to date with the latest ETA information on the fleet arrivals and make sure to keep checking the Clipper Race Viewer for the latest position updates.

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