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RACE 16: DEN HELDER, THE NETHERLANDS TO ST KATHARINE'S DOCK, LONDON - RACE: 16

14 JUL 2014 - by Justin Taylor

Believe it or not, the shortest race of the Clipper 2013-14 Race also took the longest to plan.  It was always going to be a tricky affair to plan a race of sufficient length given the prevailing conditions.  The weather forecast the previous week had been for 12 knots of wind somewhere from the north for R...

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RACE 15, THE ONEDLL CUP, FROM DERRY-LONDONDERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND TO DEN HELDER, THE NETHERLANDS - RACE: 15

04 JUL 2014 - by Justin Taylor

Race Director’s Summary Race 15, the OneDLL Cup The start at Greencastle at the head of Lough Foyle was nothing short of spectacular.  An exciting display by the Red Arrows was followed by an even more exciting start by the Clipper 70 fleet.  The wind was coming from just west of north that produced a b...

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NEW YORK, USA TO DERRY-LONDONDERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND - RACE: 14

25 JUN 2014 - by Justin Taylor

Race Director’s Summary Race 14 Race 14 New York to Derry-Londonderry started some 2 weeks ago using the Le Mans method.  Unfortunately it was in light airs and low boat speeds, something that has punctuated this entire race.  This race really is a story about the weather. The crews have made extremely ...

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PANAMA TO JAMAICA - RACE: 12

09 JUN 2014 - by Justin Taylor

After the wonders of the Panama Canal transit, the fleet rendezvoused on the Caribbean side and motor-sailed offshore for a Le Mans style start.  Due to the logistics of organising a committee boat and a start line in this area of the world we sometimes employ this method of starting a race.  All the yachts l...

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JAMAICA TO NEW YORK - RACE: 13

09 JUN 2014 - by Justin Taylor

Race 13, The Grange Hotels Trophy, was punctuated by three distinct weather patterns which meant that all the yachts would have to deal with a multitude of sailing disciplines.  The conditions encountered ensured that the teams who had mastered all these disciplines in the previous 8 months of racing were rewarded...

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SAN FRANCISCO, USA TO PANAMA - RACE: 11

12 MAY 2014 - by Justin Taylor

The start of the race on April 19 at 13:30 local time was characterised by a steady 20 knots of westerly wind coming through the Golden Gate Bridge which made for a perfect upwind start. All the yachts opted to stay back from the start line and not risk a penalty. After all they were right at the beginning of a 3300 mi...

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QINGDAO, CHINA TO SAN FRANCISCO, USA - PART 1 - RACE: 10

16 APR 2014 - by Justin Taylor

The Clipper Race fleet, excluding PSP Logistics, started Race 10 at 13.45 local time (05.45 UTC) on Sunday 16 March.  There was a light breeze from the south that carried in foggy conditions with reduced visibility.  When the fleet started it had about three quarters of a mile of visibility.  I instructe...

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QINGDAO, CHINA TO SAN FRANCISCO - PART 2 - RACE: 10

16 APR 2014 - by Justin Taylor

2013-14: Race 10, Qingdao to San Francisco summary: Part 2 In part 1 of my summary, I mentioned that Mission Performance was playing a risky game by shaping its course to go so far north as the first Pacific depression was approaching them.  Well, that really was the crux for them as the found themselves 600 miles...

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