It’s been another busy day of Clipper Race arrivals at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Sydney, Australia today as another four yachts arrived into Rushcutters Bay.
Mission Performance, Invest Africa, Team Garmin and GREAT Britain all finished the race from Albany, Western Australia.
PSP Logistics is the final yacht to arrive into Sydney and is expected to cross the finish line between 2200-0000 (local time).
After arriving in eighth place, Mission Performance skipper, Matt Mitchell commented, “Race 5 was really tough but we got our top finish yet. That may only be eighth but it’s still our best result yet and we hope to continue to build on this progress in our future races.
The last 100 miles took three days, it was really gruelling. Really light wind conditions but overall it was really good fun. I think we’ve had some bad luck so far in our campaign, especially in the last couple of races but everyone’s gelling together as a crew.”
After winning a private duel with Team Garmin for ninth place, Invest Africa’s skipper Rich Gould was already looking forward to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
“It was a tough race. We decided to take a slightly different course to the rest of the fleet, which didn’t quite pay off as well as we hoped it would. We had a bit of a fight for the position we have but whether it is first or second, ninth or tenth, every point counts and today we had a really good, tight finish to our race.
Looking ahead to Boxing Day, we have a fantastic opportunity. The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is one of the biggest off shore races in the world, and to have the opportunity to take Invest Africa into the race, as part of the Clipper Race, is absolutely fantastic and something I really excited to be a part of.”
The tenth entry to arrive in Sydney was GREAT Britain who crossed the Race 5 finish line at 0112 UTC (1212 local time).
“We have spent a lot of time concentrating on our plans for the next race,” explained skipper, Simon Talbot.
“Rarely do we get the chance to really sit down to plan a race but we’ve spent time thinking about how to organise ourselves and it was very useful to sail up the route and pay particular attention to the weather systems and the currents.
“We’re pretty buoyed up. The guys have put quite a lot of pressure on themselves to do well in this race. We obviously want to take the flag in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race”
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet will be berthed at the CYCA at Rushcutters Bay until they take part in the world famous Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, which starts on 26 December.
During the fleet’s stay in Sydney there are opportunities for free tours of the yachts the times are below:
Wednesday 18 December
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron: 1600-2000
Thursday 19 December
Friday 20 December
Cockle Bay 1200-1900
Saturday 21 December
Cockle Bay 1000-1400
Sunday 22 December