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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 16 FINAL REPORT

12 JUL 2014

We crossed the finish line off Southend, drawing a close to this round the world journey, at 2055 local time. The whole team had a hand on the wheels as we drove across the line, as we all put in a huge effort in getting us here. The early finish was very welcome, allowing us to anchor and catch a few&n...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 16 FINAL REPORT

12 JUL 2014

Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to Race Finish.... yes the day has finally arrived. The crew have worked tirelessly around the world. Luck is a product of sweat and as a result we have been rewarded with a podium this race securing our podium overall. I am phenomenally proud of my team. Currently w...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 16 FINAL REPORT

12 JUL 2014

Captain's blog, sailing day 220!  Well what an amazing 10 months.  There has been far to much happen to write about now and I am certain that it will take at least a few weeks for it to all sink in. The final race really was another tough one, one last challenge before making it back to Londo...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 16 FINAL REPORT

12 JUL 2014

As I type, the last dawn of the race outside is misty and grey, not the fanfare it was meant to be but the drizzle can do nothing to dampen the spirits of the crew. We finished Race 16 under full sail last night around 22:30 local time, on the same line that we started the whole race on last year on the...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 16 FINAL REPORT

12 JUL 2014

 What a finish to the final race! The last day of racing was one of the most demanding races of the series. After the fleet made great speed to the northern mark the race was extended so we didnt finish too early! Quite ironic considering the amount of shorten courses during the race! The crew ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 16 FINAL REPORT

12 JUL 2014

Simply amazing! What else can I say, we are absolutely over the moon with our achievement both in the race to London and the overall race. Winning Race 16 fulfils our goal of becoming the most decorated boat in the fleet with six first and five second places meaning that every single crew member of Team GREAT Britain w...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 16 FINAL REPORT

12 JUL 2014

Hello World!! Our last blog of this Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013 - 2014. It has been an intense year with massive memory impact, that will stay with me for a very long time. All the seas we sailed, all the ports we visited and all the people we met. Today will be the last Parade of Sail up the Ri...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 16 DAY 1

11 JUL 2014

It’s been a fast and very hard going race so far with the yachts very close to one another and any mistake will and has cost us miles on the leading teams. After the wind built overnight we changed our Yankee 1 for our Yankee 2 which took over an hour as the sea state was sporty and the crew were still tired from...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 16 DAY 1

11 JUL 2014

Wow what a night, the last race has turned out to be a real tester, with the North Sea giving us some pretty difficult conditions as we race round the buoys. We started off in Den Helder with a downwind start, with all the yachts hoisting spinnakers on the start line it was an amazing sight.We then had a decent run und...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 16 DAY 1

11 JUL 2014

Morning all, Den Helder was a great stopover and the people of the town were very friendly and welcoming.The race to London has been good so far but we have just missed a mark so are having to go back upwind to go around it the right way. Incredibly frustrating. I am not full of cheer and joy at the moment as you can w...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 16 DAY 1

11 JUL 2014

'All Right'. So far this final race of the series has produced some very exciting and fast racing in breezy conditions and a lumpy sea state. We were one of the first boats across the start line under full mainsail and medium weight spinnaker and then proceeded to gybe our way down wind out of the entrance channel of D...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 16 DAY 1

11 JUL 2014

So here we are, the last full day of racing in the 2013-14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. We left Den Helder in gorgeous sunshine and a moderate breeze after a fantastic stopover which the whole crew thoroughly enjoyed. I think my highlight must have definitely been the two days I spent on the nearby island of Tex...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 16 DAY 1

11 JUL 2014

This is not the race we expected.  It has been blowing 25 knots all through the night and we've spent that time bashing upwind in the North Sea again.The forecast for light and sunny has yet to materialize and we are well ahead of the expected pace. Not much sleep to be had and I am really starting to feel the eff...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 16 DAY 1

11 JUL 2014

Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 1 which, given the progress we've made overnight, may in fact be the one and only. I'll keep this brief as I don't like to be off deck for too long. There is just too much going on. After a tough start, which saw us towards the back of the fleet, we are now right up i...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 16 DAY 1

11 JUL 2014

Den Helder was a much more relaxed stopover than anticipated, despite our late arrival.  With many thanks to everyone onshore for the excellent reception, the pickled herrings, the clogs and the local food and beer were a wonderful touch.  The crew had quite a bit of time to explore the area and many took the...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 16 DAY 1

11 JUL 2014

Thank you Den Helder for a lovely stop over, and thank you to the Dutch navy for being so hospitable for the welcome and send off! It isn’t often you get escorted by a naval ship...for good reasons that is! The North Sea, once again is giving us a final flogging. After a good start over the line we found a tiny b...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 16 DAY 1

11 JUL 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 219. After some much needed and very enjoyable down time in Den Helder the race start yesterday was pretty epic. It was a downwind start, the only one we have done previously on this race was the start of Race 1, so it had certainly been a while!  We got Invest Africa set and read...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 16 START

10 JUL 2014

I have had a great time on the stopover in my home country and I am sad to leave. Everyone has big hopes for the last race to make it a good one and we have had some good results in the end. The North Sea has a lot of dangers and TSS areas with all the oil rigs, so it will be a very tight course and we will have to see...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 16 START

10 JUL 2014

I have mixed emotions about it being the last race. It has been nearly a year of mine and the crew's lives with lots of highs and lows. The crew are really pleased with where we are on the leaderboard. We have got five firsts and five seconds out of 15 races and we would like a sixth first. Being the British boat we wo...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 16 START

10 JUL 2014

There is a lot of pressure now, so I am excited and nervous for my team. The guys are going to give it everything they have and the team deserve the podium. They have gone through amazingly rough conditions, not only surviving in them but excelling in them. The last couple of races have been fairly light which isnt rea...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 16 START

10 JUL 2014

Although we can't change positions on the leaderboard as we are safe in fifth and cant go up or down, we are ready to race. We won't be sitting back. When we see Tower Bridge as we come round the corner, that will be a very special moment as we realise what we have done. This has been the best job in the world, and I&r...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 16 START

10 JUL 2014

After a fantastic stop in Den Helder in the Netherlands we are off on the final race of the series to London. It is a short race of only 200 miles but the route is complex negotiating our way round TSS (Traffic Separation Schemes), oil rigs and sand banks. If we can do really well and finish in the top three and our tw...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 16 START

10 JUL 2014

Race 16 looks like it is going to be another tactical race with some varied wind and an interesting course, it will involve a fast spinnaker run some close reaching, and some tricky downwind work at the end in a dying wind. Also we are crossing a very busy stretch of water with a lot of commercial traffic, offshore pla...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 16 START

10 JUL 2014

The final race start of the whole round the world trip and it looks like it is going to be a good one.  With the breeze coming from the north its set to be a downwind start, so I am expecting the whole fleet to go for kites just before the gun.  It should prove to be a pretty impressive spectacle as we all he...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 16 START

10 JUL 2014

I have had a great time in Den Helder, it has been very enjoyable both times I’ve been. This is going to be quite a difficult race for us and we could go up or down the leaderboard into sixth or eighth. This is not just going to be a trip home - we will be pushing hard and giving it everything we have got. We can...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 16 START

10 JUL 2014

In some ways it doesn't seem like long ago we were leaving London, and in others it feels like forever. We will be glad to finish up if we get the result. As long as we come close to doing our utmost to win we can't ask much more of ourselves. We can only go forwards on the leaderboard whereas OneDLL can go backwards, ...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 15 DAY 5

04 JUL 2014

Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 5. Well, our final morning at sea has started out exceedingly promisingly with bright blue, sunny conditions on deck. We have had a good and busy night's sailing, dodging oil and gas platforms, numerous vessels and crossing the Traffic Separation Schemes (TSS), which ...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 15 DAY 5

04 JUL 2014

It is my hope that by the time you read this we will be nearly across the finish line and that we managed to stay ahead of the pack lead by Old Pulteney that are threatening to chase us down. It has been a tense day of racing. We had a nice 6 mile lead this morning coming out of the gale, but that quickly dropped to th...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 15 DAY 5

04 JUL 2014

It has all come down to the wind hole off of Ireland at the start of this race when we lost over 60 miles to the rest of the fleet after just a few hours of racing. The crew worked hard to regain the lost miles and we closed down that gap, and yet again we found a wind hole just of the coast of Peterhead for a few hour...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 15 DAY 5

04 JUL 2014

Morning all! We are nearly there! There looks like there will be a bit of a battle for ninth place as we make our way to the TSS (Traffic Separation Scheme) network off Texel. We will all be having to negotiate our way through oil fields, traffic separation schemes and rig support vessels to get to the finish line...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 15 DAY 5

04 JUL 2014

This is going to be a short blog as it’s been a long night and the final miles to the finish are agonising!  Derry~Londonderry~Doire is on our tail (still!) and we have been dodging shipping lanes and oil rigs all night.Each time we duck or dive they seemed to get a little closer.  My nerves are all sho...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 15 DAY 5

04 JUL 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 218. The final blog of the penultimate race!  The last 24 hours have been tough, not necessarily physically tough, but mentally tough. We had put in some good miles and worked really hard to establish a good couple of miles on Qingdao throughout the night as we ran shy with t...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 15 DAY 5

04 JUL 2014

Well, the weather decided that it would play one last trick on us and yesterday afternoon and delivered the nail in our coffin for this race. We were sitting nicely positioned, at the front of the pack that had broken to the south around 1 mile south west of Old Pulteney, when we were delivered yet another personal win...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 15 DAY 5

04 JUL 2014

Good morning, well it is going to be another very close finish as the boats converge on the finish line with several boats fighting for the podium positions. After a couple of days with rough seas and strong winds the last 24 hours have been very pleasant sailing conditions, with a steady south westerly wind allowing a...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 15 DAY 5

04 JUL 2014

Well, it has been an annoying 24 hours. A longer than anticipated wind hole combined with a sloppy residual sea that really hindered speed, and the fact we were a little slow in changing up a gear last night when the wind veered north west has cost us some valuable miles. At the same time, after changing from the Yanke...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 15 DAY 5

04 JUL 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! We left you yesterday with a kite up and going well. Not long after, the wind shifted and it was back to white sails and has been since.  Unfortunately the shift came a little earlier than expected and we were caught changing our Yankee 2 to Yankee 1 and had t...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 15 DAY 4

03 JUL 2014

After putting in a great day’s racing we found ourselves yet again in a wind hole after reaching down the coast at 10 knots under our kite. Then the wind just shut off and we were left drifting with no wind at all and lost any lead we made up on Invest Africa and other teams, after spending days trying to close d...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 15 DAY 4

03 JUL 2014

Morning all! Varied isn't the word, yesterday we spent a long time beating into 30 knots of wind and a choppy sea, then as the front passed, it was like someone turned a switch and we were bouncing around in the large residual swell in no wind, not making  any progress watching the fleet sail away at 10 knots. It ...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 15 DAY 4

03 JUL 2014

It is unmistakably the North Sea, you could blindfold me and put me in any ocean or sea and the North Sea is the one I guarantee to recognise.  It is shallow and quite tidal so has a horrible short, steep chop to it. There are some great destinations across it, you just have to bear with it for a couple of da...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 15 DAY 4

03 JUL 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 217. The timing couldn’t have been better, ok if I was been picky we could have arrived about 45 minutes earlier but it was close enough.  We arrived at the western approach to Pentland Firth just as the flood had really began to pick up.  Going straight down the middle...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 15 DAY 4

03 JUL 2014

The Pentland Firth was kind to us in the end and we managed to thread our way around the worst of the adverse tide by keeping close to the shore away from the over-falls, but nevertheless we still experienced some very strong eddies and whirlpools which caused the boat to lurch from side to side on a few occasions maki...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 15 DAY 4

03 JUL 2014

Morning all, well Team Garmin and the fleet have endured some pretty nasty conditions in the last 24 hours since we rounded the top of Scotland, The crew have had to work very hard as we changed down and up through the headsails as the wind built and subsided, this was extra hard for us as we are low on numbers for thi...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 15 DAY 4

03 JUL 2014

The passage through Pentland Firth and across the Merry Men of Mey races was really special. We arrived with the tide setting against us, so all the boats in the vicinity all choose to hug the coast and find shallow water to try and hide from the tide. This worked to an extent, but as we crossed the actual races the bo...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 15 DAY 4

03 JUL 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! Yesterday's blog was rushed to ensure we made it through the tidal races of the Pentland Firth in one piece. We followed the leaders through the inner pass between Stroma Island and the mainland to avoid the strongest west going tide. Even though our timing was pre...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 15 DAY 4

03 JUL 2014

So we did get a gale in Leg 8 after all. The North Sea is a mean piece of water with a steep, close-set sea state. There was some talk around the fleet of the Leg 8 crew members needing a good testing before the end and they certainly got that yesterday. It made for some great progress with speeds often hitting 10 knot...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 15 DAY 3

02 JUL 2014

It's a stunningly beautiful morning and we are just entering the Pentland Firth, which divides mainland Scotland from the southernmost tip of the Orkney Islands. Unfortunately we've arrived here with the tide against us.On the plus side, we have finally have some decent wind, with the wind predicted to build on the oth...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 15 DAY 3

02 JUL 2014

It was a pretty frustrating Canada Day, having spent most of it becalmed. I now know why the northern tip of the island is called the Butt of Lewis.After a very long day drifting nowhere the southerly breeze finally filled in late last evening, signalling a virtual restart of the race. There have been eight boats racin...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 15 DAY 3

02 JUL 2014

Just like all good joke's timing is the key and so is the same for the tided gate Pentland Firth, as the day when on the wind has built and we have gone from windseeker to lightweight kite to medium weight kite and now Yankee 1 which will soon be change for Yankee 2 as the wind builds more. We now have a few more yacht...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 15 DAY 3

02 JUL 2014

Morning all! What a day it's been. Over the course of yesterday we worked very hard to make some ground back up on the fleet which we achieved with varying degrees of success.The scenery has been stunning as we sailed along the northern most tip of the UK and this morning the sun has been shining through the mist hangi...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 15 DAY 3

02 JUL 2014

It is generally not a good idea to be the leading boat when there are wind holes around.  Some you get through, others you stop dead in and the other boats can see and sail around you.  Each headland has seen the leading pack reduced in numbers.  At the monarch Isles there were six of us. By the time we ...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 15 DAY 3

02 JUL 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 216. It’s been a long time since we have spent a day awaiting the arrival of a depression.  In fact we worked out that the last time we had to reef the mainsail down was en-route from Jamaica to New York after the race had finished.  The last time we had really had to r...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 15 DAY 3

02 JUL 2014

Most of yesterday was spent either in or avoiding wind holes which saw our position rise and fall on the leaderboard like a yo-yo. After a few more snakes and a couple of rather good ladders, the wind finally filled in yesterday evening to see the lead seven boats all now running within a few miles of each other as we ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 15 DAY 3

02 JUL 2014

We had a good night and day today despite the light weather. We managed to pick our way through the lighter stuff and at dawn had a kite up in 5 knots of breeze. As we ran into a little wind hole yesterday, the lead bunch skipped ahead 13 miles. By mid-morning we had them back on AIS (Automatic Identification System) a...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 15 DAY 3

02 JUL 2014

Hello world It's been a while since I've let you know how we're doing on the ‘Navigator’ (our nickname for the boat).This was because our email system was down, but with the help of our now famous Northern Irish skipper, Sean McCarter, we are now able to send word out to you. First of all, thank you all in ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 15 DAY 3

02 JUL 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry-Londonderry-Doire! I'm afraid this will be a short blog as we are just approaching the Pentland Firth, a narrow passage between the north of Scotland and the Orkney Islands. Tides have been measured running through the main pass here at up to 16 knots. This is why it is used as a tes...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 15 DAY 3

02 JUL 2014

'All Right'. So the plan didn't work entirely as I had hoped. Yes, we have made up a lot of ground on the lead boats and regained our tenth place but we didn't make up as much as I had hoped. However I do feel we are back in touch with the fleet so with good helming, sail trim and a little bit of luck with the weathe...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 15 DAY 2

01 JUL 2014

"Having a hard time of it so working hard" Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 2. First of all I'm sorry you did not get any blog yesterday but I had sat comms issues no weather no nothing! They appear to be sorted now and it is good to get the race weather info again. We have had a very tough time of i...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 15 DAY 2

01 JUL 2014

Happy Canada Day to everyone back home, missing you all a lot today. We've got our Canadian flags out waving in the breeze and I hear we have real maple syrup for pancakes this morning. Really glad the seas are flat and we don't have to postpone. Alas no BBQ or fireworks for the five of us Canucks on board. We are real...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 15 DAY 2

01 JUL 2014

After making good gains on the rest of the fleet we have dropped back again as they make their way round north west and we tack up in light airs having to sail twice the miles to get there. We have Invest Africa close by and hope that we don’t have a re-run of the last race and end up near the back of the fleet. ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 15 DAY 2

01 JUL 2014

Morning all! It's been a good 24 hours sailing all in all. Yesterday morning was very light and fickle with the lottery of wind holes. However this afternoon we were the lucky ones and we had a brilliant run and got lifted all the way to our waypoint and we made up some of the big losses that we accrued thanks to race ...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 15 DAY 2

01 JUL 2014

It has been a day of light and close racing with Old Pulteney and Jamaica Get All Right and more recently Team Garmin and Henri Lloyd appearing too as we make our way up and along the western shores of the Outer Hebrides. Our route this morning looked to be taking us towards the remote islands of St Kilda, which I have...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 15 DAY 2

01 JUL 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 215. The last 24 hours has seen the crew concentrating hard to make the most of the gentle breeze we have had in an effort to undo the damage that was done by the wind hole that we got trapped by in the first few hours of this race. I have also been spending a lot of time in the naviga...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 15 DAY 2

01 JUL 2014

Well yesterday’s frustration continues with the cruel game of snakes and ladders continuing to play havoc with our progress. After a day of solid progress making good gains on the rest of the rest of the fleet, seeing us close the gap to the lead yachts down to a couple of miles we find ourselves once again bobbi...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 15 DAY 2

01 JUL 2014

Good morning, it has been a very exciting 24 hours with some very close racing as the yachts change positions regularly as we tack our way round the Outer Hebrides. The wind has been light and variable, and just half a mile can make all the difference between having a decent breeze and struggling to sail, add to this t...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 15 DAY 2

01 JUL 2014

Despite some light winds, today has been one of the best day sailing I think in this race. Certainly unexpected for north Scotland. When I browse weather forecasts around the world, one of the little games I play is to find the windiest place, and Stornoway, north west, west Scotland is pretty much the winner 80 percen...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 15 DAY 2

01 JUL 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! It's been a very pleasant, if quite slow 24 hours. We have been hard on the wind in breeze between 4 and 12 knots. Our speeds have ranged from 1 knot into the mid eights. The racing has been very tight with about seven other Clipper 70s visible for most of yesterda...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 15 DAY 2

01 JUL 2014

'All Right'. As per the forecast the wind started dropping yesterday morning and overnight we have had almost no wind at all. The rest of the fleet headed inshore towards the island of Lewis whilst we have stayed offshore. Given this is a short race it is a high risk strategy splitting from the rest of the fleet at thi...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 15 DAY 1

30 JUN 2014

That had to have been one of the most memorable departures yet. The Red Arrows air show was spectacular, the best I have ever seen. Holding station downwind in an ebb tide right alongside all the other Clipper 70 boats was not easy and made it a challenge to enjoy the spectacle but hopefully the photos will be worth th...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 15 DAY 1

30 JUN 2014

That was a great stopover in Derry-Londonderry. Night and day there was always something going on from the Beach Boys to playing rugby and the crew have been very busy trying to take part in it all. Back to the racing and after a good start to this race holding onto the windward end of the line we sailed close hauled o...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 15 DAY 1

30 JUN 2014

Morning all! It's good to be back on Race 15 after a fantastic stopover in Derry-Londonderry. The welcome and hospitality that they showed us was first class and I think that every member of crew fleet wide would say that it was one of the best stopovers yet so a big thank you to the people of Derry-Londonderry for suc...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 15 DAY 1

30 JUN 2014

Derry-Londonderry was a truly great stopover. It was made special by the people of the city who welcomed us so warmly. From the hotels and coffee shops, the seafront stalls owners and the taxi drivers, the local yachting community and the local inquisitive community – all made us feel welcome and proud.  Ski...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 15 DAY 1

30 JUN 2014

After an absolutely fantastic stopover at 11:10 it was finally time to say our farewells, slip our lines and make our way out of the River Foyle and into Loch Foyle, to head for Greencastle and the race start of Race 15 to Den Helder in Holland. Once we reached Greencastle, we held station and were treated to a fabulou...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 15 DAY 1

30 JUN 2014

Good morning. We are back at sea on the penultimate race, it was with some regret that we left the amazing city of Derry-Londonderry yesterday morning after enjoying an incredible stopover. The send-off was spectacular and I would like to thank Derry-Londonderry for making us feel so welcome. This race is going to be a...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 15 DAY 1

30 JUN 2014

What a great stopover Derry-Londonderry. You really turned it on for us. So thank you for the fantastic time and the send-off. Well, hands down it was the best arrival and send-off of the race! The Parade of Sail was just fantastic, all the way down to Greencastle where the famous Red Arrows put on a flying acrobatic d...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 15 DAY 1

30 JUN 2014

Good morning Sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! Wow! What a week! From hours before we arrived into the Foyle until sailing out of Greencastle yesterday the support was the best we've seen by far! I know I may be slightly biased and to some degree my crew yet they agree unanimously that Derry-Londonderry was the...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 15 DAY 1

30 JUN 2014

'All Right'. We are off again on the penultimate race of the series from Derry-Londonderry to Den Helder in the Netherlands. I could come up with all sorts of superlatives about what a great stopover Derry-Londonderry was but I'm afraid none of them would really do it justice - it was simply brilliant! Even before we e...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 15 DAY 1

30 JUN 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 214. Well what a stopover?!  Having visited Derry-Londonderry several times previously with the Clipper Race, the stopover had a lot to live up to and it certainly did not disappoint. Derry-Londonderry had laid on a whole host of actives and events for all the crews.  Rugby, ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 15 START

29 JUN 2014

For the first few days the welcome party in Derry-Londonderry just didn’t stop. It was lovely to see the whole family but whole city came out in numbers and it has been so nice. It’s been really busy, which I knew it would be but I’ve had a little bit of time to catch up with friends and the family. ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 15 START

29 JUN 2014

Derry-Londonderry has been a brilliant stopover; everyone has made us feel so welcome. I also had a fantastic surprise on Friday night when the Jamaica Tourist Board organised an event which actually turned out to be a huge crew reunion for my birthday which is coming up shortly – it was brilliant. This is going ...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 15 START

29 JUN 2014

We’re going to have light winds which will be challenging, but we’ll be working extra hard to arrive in Holland in a good time. We had a good boost from our last race and we’ll be hoping to repeat our performance, and do it all again. At the moment we’re seventh in the rankings, two points behin...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 15 START

29 JUN 2014

Derry-Londonderry has been an amazing stopover. I was here during the Clipper 2011-12 Race as skipper of New York and it was incredible then, but the community have all taken us into their hearts which has been unbelievable. We’re currently in sixth place on the over leaderboard and we’ve got our eyes on Ol...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 15 START

29 JUN 2014

Our time in Derry-Londonderry has been amazing. The schedule Derry City Council put on was really impressive and everyone has been so welcoming. At the moment we are preparing for Race 15 but the conditions aren’t looking ideal with a high pressure system located off the coast of Scotland which is causing very li...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 15 START

29 JUN 2014

The stopover in Derry-Londonderry has been fun. We’ve all been enjoying the hospitality of the city which has been incredible. This next race is looking very challenging – the forecast is for light winds – not just light winds from one direction, we could see a whole range. Probably light upwind to th...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 15 START

29 JUN 2014

The stopover is Derry-Londonderry has been fantastic, the whole city has been very warm and friendly and they have really looked after us. For Race 15 we’re expecting pretty light winds to start with from the north. But not very much of it, so the struggle will be getting clear of Ireland. Once we get into the No...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 15 START

29 JUN 2014

Derry-Londonderry has exceeded all my expectations – the local community have gone out of their way to make us feel so welcome, which has been the best part of it. We had a cracking start to the last race, then we got stuck in that wind hole and we dropped to the bottom of the fleet which was a real shame for ou...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 15 START

29 JUN 2014

The stopover in Derry-Londonderry has been fantastic. The level of support you receive here is absolutely second to none. The events have been a lot of fun including the Beach Boys and the punt racing which is always good for a laugh. Conditions are looking pretty light at the moment and this is also our first real dea...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 15 START

29 JUN 2014

We have had a fantastic time and the whole city has been alive with the race, much the same way that Albany, Western Australia was when we were there. For me it has been very relaxed as I’ve had my family here with me and it’s been incredible. The pressure is on for the next race – we are a group of ...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 15 START

29 JUN 2014

They are the most confident I have seem on them on the boat so far. They are working really efficiently and seem to know what it takes to win the race now, which isn't necessarily competitiveness but professionalism so they are actually managing the boat as opposed to trying too hard - which seems to have made a big di...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 15 START

29 JUN 2014

Derry-Londonderry has been an incredible stopover – I’ve had friends and family and my girlfriend here plus I have been able to go out sailing. We’re feeling really good about Race 15 as we did really well in the last race and we want to keep climbing the ranks towards the finish of the race. The cond...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 14 FINISH

23 JUN 2014

Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 16. Well as I write this the Irish coast is in sight. We are currently just behind Henri Lloyd motoring in light a light breeze to "Tuns" Buoy. At this stage we will contact the harbour authority and soon after should see our follow boat guide us up Lough Foyle. ...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 14 FINISH

23 JUN 2014

I did say yesterday that that was the last blog of the race but since we have a 24 hour motor to get to Derry Londonderry you get another blog today. I think I summed up my feelings of the race yesterday as well as expressing that we are very much looking forward to our stopover in Derry Londonderry. The anticipation h...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 14 FINISH

23 JUN 2014

What a race it was. Right from the start of this race the weather keep us guessing. It all started with the fog bank just after Race Start with a few boat gybing to the south whist others headed north east and found the light winds and some no wind at all which started to shred the fleet.  As we made our way east ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 14 FINISH

23 JUN 2014

Wow, what a Race Finish, the top six boats all within 10 miles off each other, who would have believed that after nearly 3,000 miles of racing! We worked tirelessly for the last 24 hours clawing back the miles from the lead boats, but in the end the time limit was reached before we could finish the job and we ended up ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 14 FINISH

23 JUN 2014

Race 14 from New York to Londonderry has proved an interesting race, the leaderboard changed countless times and us on Mission Performance were no exception. We started the race very well only to drop places thanks to a large wind hole, we climbed back up the leaderboard only to drop places again that we haven't quite ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 14 FINISH

23 JUN 2014

'All Right'. Well I said it would go down to the wire and it certainly did. When the race finished at 12:00 UTC yesterday there was just 3.9 miles separating second place and sixth place and only 0.04 mile separating ourselves and GREAT Britain. That is equivalent to 74 metres or three and a half boat lengths, incredib...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 14 FINISH

23 JUN 2014

We are really chuffed for the crew of Derry~Londonderry~Doire on winning their home run.  Many congratulations Sean.  It’s been a long and exciting race.  New York feels a moon ago and the challenges and excitement of the first half of the race are a distant memory.  The calm weather of the st...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 14 FINISH

23 JUN 2014

After almost 40,000 miles it's unbelievable to be sailing into Derry- Londonderry and even more-so in first place. We have had several boats come out to meet us at 0600 this morning and the flotilla has been growing ever since. We are about an hour away from Derry and can't wait to get in. Thank you for the amazing sup...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 14 FINISH

23 JUN 2014

Good morning. Well eventually Team Garmin has got on to the podium. After a very testing crossing of the Atlantic we managed to hold of the chasing boats to secure second place in this race. The race was very tactical requiring careful routeing and more constant work to keep the yacht sailing in some light winds. We ma...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 14 FINISH

23 JUN 2014

Straight off the back of New York we struggled to get a better pace and we tacked north. The forecast showed this where we should be going but, it just didn’t deliver – we had no wind at all. We eventually found it and started to work our way back in the fleet. We rounded the second ice mark and decide...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 14 FINISH

23 JUN 2014

We had been playing catch the leader for the last seven days. At one point we were 125 miles behind the leading boat and finally we battled our way to second place so that worked out well. The last 48 hours of this race were the tightest we have seen in the whole Clipper 2013-14 Race –there were times we didn&rsq...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 14 FINISH

23 JUN 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 213.We are now less than 100 miles from the dock in Derry and the crew are busy making good use of our time motor sailing towards the land of the black stuff.With only two races, three weeks and less than 1000 miles left of this epic adventure it’s only natural tha...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 14 DAY 15

22 JUN 2014

Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 15. Well there are just over six hours of racing to go. I had a great sleep last night as the yachts have settled into a drag race with the time limit drawing upon us. With Switzerland 40 miles behind us and Henri Lloyd 18 miles ahead of us in similar wind conditions ...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 14 DAY 15

22 JUN 2014

Last blog of the race! There is only six hours left until the race is called at 12:00 BST (11:00 UTC) today. The last hours of racing have been tense with the wind seeming to fluctuate. One schedule it will favour the boats to the north including us, the next it will favour the boats closer to the high. It is hard to m...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 14 DAY 15

22 JUN 2014

It’s a race against time now with only a few hours of racing to go. We have been changing places with Invest Africa the last few days and have been only 100 metres away from each other overnight. It will come down to the wire on who wins this one between us. It been nice to have another Clipper 70 so close t...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 14 DAY 15

22 JUN 2014

Morning all! There is only a few hours left of Race 14 as we all battle our way eastwards. The wind has been a bit fluky overnight meaning that we haven't done quite as well as we would have liked. Yesterday was a special day, we finally changed the clocks back to UTC, meaning that we have been right the way aroun...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 14 DAY 15

22 JUN 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 212. Closer than a close thing, in a close place, in close house, on close lane in Closetopia on planet close! Don't worry I haven’t completely lost the plot, the above is the only way that I can think of to describe how close this finish is going to be between ourselves and Qing...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 14 DAY 15

22 JUN 2014

The one thing I can be sure of today is that this will be my last blog of this race because in a little over six hours the time limit for the race will have passed and Race 14 will be over. The racing is still very close with Old Pulteney, Jamaica Get All Right and PSP Logistics all visible which is quite incredible af...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 14 DAY 15

22 JUN 2014

Good morning, Well as we enter into the last few hours of this race. The tension and the pressure is almost unbearable with four boats fighting for three podium positions, it really could be anyone's race. The biggest problem is that we are now sailing under a weakening high pressure system which is giving very variabl...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 14 DAY 15

22 JUN 2014

This race is  definitely on like Donkey Kong. Forgive me for writing a short one today. I have been up since 03:00am. We had great wind leading into the morning and things were falling into shape. We were chasing Jamaica get All Right and making small inroads with every schedule chasing what looked like a third pl...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 14 DAY 15

22 JUN 2014

Hello world! It's 05:00 in the morning of 22 June, the final day for Race 14 and it is close, very close… We have 7 hours of racing to go and are on the moment in hot pursuit of Jamaica Get All Right, but next to us to the south is GREAT Britain, trying to stay ahead of us, while Henri Lloyd behind us is breathi...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 14 DAY 15

22 JUN 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! Yesterday didn't begin very well. We thought we had a reasonably good run during the 6 hours leading up to the 06:00 schedule and were excited to see how we fared against Team Garmin, Jamaica Get All Right and PSP Logistics. The excitement quickly turned to heart-s...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 14 DAY 15

22 JUN 2014

'All Right'. This race is going down to the wire. With just 6 hours to go until the finish time at 12:00 UTC today we have three boats in sight around us. Team Garmin is seven miles ahead on our port bow, PSP Logistics is three miles ahead on our port bow and now GREAT Britain has appeared 8 miles behind us on our port...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 14 DAY 15

22 JUN 2014

Yesterday was the solstice and the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere and where the sun would be at its highest.  We had a group gathering at noon and had a mini celebration in aid of the global “Sailstice” sailing festival, see www.summersailstice.com. Up at 55 degrees north it has been a long day...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

We are back on GMT as the ships time so we really are almost back in the UK. Shortly we will be out of Stealth Mode. It was not a very exciting Stealth Mode experience and we have sadly not shot up the rankings like many of the other teams have. There are only thirty hours left in this race but there is still some time...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

Morning all! So we have doffed our dark glasses and our secret squirrel ears and have had a somewhat successful Stealth Mode. Not really reflected in the rankings just yet but we have achieved what we set out to achieve whilst in secret squirrel mode.We had a great sail yesterday with boat speed rarely dropping below 1...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 211.  Well our time in secret squirrel mode didn’t produce any amazing changes in the standings, but with the prevailing weather conditions and the spread of the fleet it was unlikely to. With us, yesterday, in a position that we could have gone either east or west around th...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

Now first of all today, an apology, I know just how much you guys dislike it when we use Stealth Mode as it really spoils your hourly Race Viewer fix, so from all of team GREAT Britain a big sorry! Even worse, as we are in Stealth Mode, I cannot say much about where we are, or where our nearest rivals are, other than t...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

Good morning, well it has been a tense 24 hours here on Team Garmin as we continue to keep our boat sailing as fast as we can. After coming out of Stealth Mode we have been pushing really hard to challenge for the lead.We made the decision a couple of days ago to try and sail over the top of the high and went into...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

It is 01:00 UTC on Saturday 21 June and things are heating up. We got visual sight of Jan this afternoon, Team Garmin who we located not too far away off the bow. Derry~Londonderry~Doire is currently to our north, Old Pulteney charge up behind us and GREAT Britain in Stealth Mode.So the tension level is definitely risi...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

Hello world!Day 13 passed by yesterday without any major changes in sail plan, all we did once and a while was raise the stay sail and drop it when the wind became lighter. Otherwise we sailed on full mainsail and the medium weight spinnaker while we semi circumnavigated the high pressure area, we are still in good for...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry-Londonderry-Doire! This morning’s 00:00UTC position reports were nothing short of shocking! We had a pretty slow 6 hour run, in particular the final 3 hours where our average speed was less than 3.5 knots. Our only consolation at the time was that the boats further south were i...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

'All Right'. With the race finishing tomorrow at 12:00 UTC we have been pushing as hard as we possibly can to try and make sure we stay in a podium position. In order to keep the boat sailing on a good wind angle we have sailed as close as we dared to the edge of the 'no wind zone' in the middle of the high pressure sy...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

"Icarus did not get burnt by the sun" Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 14. A few of you who casually watch the Race Viewer may have been screaming at your screens. Especially about 12 hours ago. About 12 hours ago we hit a very light patch of air so tacked to the north west in the hope of not getting...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

It’s been a very quiet  24 hours sailing, being under white sails and a close reach trying to work out the least amount of miles we can sail Distance to Finish (DTF) and not get too close to the edge of the high, slowing down more. With losing out to the yachts that took a more northern route than us and los...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

"A Game of Chance" Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 13. Well this is going to be a short blog I'm afraid as I am quite tired. We have chosen to try and get north around the high pressure. Well done to Team Garmin for their good use of Stealth Mode and putting 20 or so miles on us in 24 hours. It look...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

Well after yesterday's blog where we reported as the same conditions, that can definitely not be said for the past 24 hours. Yesterday it looked like a long upwind sail to Derry-Londonderry south of a large cell of high pressure. At that time I would not have thought that today we would be under spinnaker sailing over ...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

Well is been a bit of a mixed bag on board Qingdao. After receiving the new weather files yesterday it showed the high sitting off the Irish coast to be moving south east and closing down the gap that we were hoping to get past to the east and open up a route over the top. The last few days we have been pushing east fo...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

Morning all! The Race Office has made the decision to put a time limit on Race 14. This is because of a large high pressure system sitting over the UK which will mean very light and fickle winds approaching Northern Ireland. There are various tactics being displayed and as we have gone into secret squirrel mode (Stealt...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

The Ocean Sprint is done and dusted, our last of the whole race and I hope we did a good enough run as staying in the sprint section of the course has cost us from heading north earlier. The high pressure over the UK and Ireland is heading out towards the fleet and it's causing a few headaches.  The dive north to ...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 210. In the last 24 hours there have been two significant changes that have the potential to affect the outcome of this race in quite a big way. Firstly the weather. As I speculated in yesterday’s blog, the high pressure that is sitting over the top of Northern Ireland does indee...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

So now the chips are down, the Race Office has imposed a time limit on this race of 12:00 UTC on 22 June at which point, if we haven’t reached the finish line, all the yachts’ distance to finish will be measured and will be used to compute the result of the race which at least now gives us some certainty ab...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

We are back. After 24 hours in Stealth Mode Team Garmin is back on the Race Viewer and on the six hourly schedules being sent to the fleet. It has been a good Stealth Mode for us as we had discussed the weather and looked at the possibility of the high moving south, and sailing around the top of the high to get to Derr...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

There I was lying in my bunk at 03:00am, thinking, thinking thinking... We were holding Henri Lloyd and OneDLL of just going to windward, and Team Garmin had gone into Stealth Mode. What was Skipper Jan up to I thought.... and then the thought that had popped into my head about a week ago resurfaced... What if that hig...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

Hello world! Day 13 passed by and by the time you read this we are out of Stealth Mode and have made good gains in the fleet. We are coming out in sixth and are still charging on. Our hope is that the high pressure area descends to lower latitude quickly, making a path for us to remain on course to Derry-Londonderry. T...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! On receiving our daily instalment of weather information yesterday morning, it was immediately apparent that an important decision was needed. We could either continue with our plan of sailing into the high until the breeze dropped and tack south to start a long sl...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

'All Right'. First of all I must apologise for the lack of a blog yesterday. We had problems with our satellite communications system and for several hours I wasn't able to send or receive emails. Thanks to IT guru Tim Freeman from the Clipper Race maintenance team we managed to find a fix after a lengthy satellite tel...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

"Grey of Great Britain" Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 12. Well today is much like yesterday. A dull grey that goes from the horizon to the sky... Oh it reminds me of home! We have the same sail plan, are going in the same direction, have the same weather and wind and still have Henri Lloyd 2 to 3 ...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

There has been little change in conditions over the past 24 hours. The wind did fluctuate a bit more overnight but seems to have settled down since dawn, either that or it is just easier to helm in daylight as it was a very dark night last night. Our Nexus wind instruments have frozen so night sailing by instrumentatio...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

A mixed bag over the last 24 hours whilst we have been in Stealth Mode. The wind filled in at around 10 knots and the most we have seen in the last 24 has been 15 knots with part of the day less than 8 knots with boat speeds of only 6 knots. With us opting for more of a north easterly than northerly course boat speeds ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

Morning all! It's been a pretty easy day of sailing over the last 24 hours with good wind and good speed. The sea state has also been very flat meaning that we could carry our Yankee 1 headsail on a close reach in a little more breeze than we otherwise would be able to further adding to our progress. After a wet and dr...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

It has been a day of much of the same type of sailing and scenery.  We are close hauled on starboard tack, the crew perched on deck in their foulies and sunglasses as Heidi (the nickname for our boat) romps along.  The sea state is quite flat still and the wind has been building steadily helping our VMG (Velo...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 209. Frustration!  Not through a lack of wind but a lack of speed. For the last 24 hours we have had usable breeze but have not been achieving the speed that I would expect us to be achieving for the prevailing conditions.  No amount of tweaking lines and making small course ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

Looking out of the companionway at 04:00 and seeing daylight definitely means that we are in the Northern Hemisphere at a relatively high latitude and near the summer solstice, but other than that the grey, overcast sky, calm sea and relatively cool air temperature gives little away about our current location, it could...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

Good Morning, Team Garmin has entered Stealth Mode and the crew are all fired up and ready to try and make the most of the 24 hours hidden from the rest of the fleet. Looking at the forecast we decided this would be the optimum time to try and make some gains on the rest of the fleet without them knowing. Let’s j...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

We are well and truly on the breeze now. Going into last night when we came out of Stealth Mode, we had Henri Lloyd on the port quarter, and OneDLL on the stern. During the night we lost them. Come morning time, we found them on the starboard quarter. Both boats have a proven record of upwind performance, and managed t...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

Hello world! Day 12 passed without a glitch. In the morning we still alternated the mainsail between full sail or one reef, but later in the afternoon, the wind levelled out and we could continue sailing with full sails. We managed to gain more on the boats in front of us and are currently positioned eighth. We had a v...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! We suffered yesterday from a dose of the 'slows'. No matter what we did, we seemed to be between 0.5 and 1 knot below our target boat speed. The current predictions were suggesting we had 0.7 knots of favourable current but it was definitely the opposite. We ...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

"Light Conditions Continue" Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 11. Well we have changed to white sails after days of running with the kite. The guys have really done well with the kite up. As I have said before if this leg has made us all quite reflective and when I think to the first times we hoisted ...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

Firstly, before I forget, I would like to wish friends on either side of the Atlantic about to start the Newport Bermuda and Round Ireland races the very best of luck. Back in the central Atlantic things are progressing a little better. The south east wind seems to have stabilised and we have been making steady pr...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

Well we didn't make it over to the new pressure system and we were held up with light winds which we knew was a good possibility of happening. We made good speeds most of the night and were short by 50 or so miles from the GRIB weather files. Now we have to wait until the new weather system from the west fills in. It s...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

Morning all! It's been a pretty light day today but we have at least been moving fairly convincingly. It has been pretty warm today too. As forecast the wind has filled in from the south west and we are making good speed in the right direction. Let’s hope that we can put some miles in before the wind swings round...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

The wind hole cost us dearly, a Team Switzerland record perhaps, we managed a sum total of 24 miles in the direction of Derry-Londonderry in as many hours.  Ouch! I have to commend yesterday's morning watch who battled with 3 knots of desperate breeze all morning, testing out sail plans whilst I got some sleep.&nb...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 208. It would seem that the answer to yesterday’s big question was yes, we appear to have made it across in to the new wind.  It certainly was not easy but we appear to have made it and that is the important thing. We kept going under the lightweight kite until mid-morning w...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

Another 24 hours and it is all change again! I now sit and write with the boat back in climbing frame mode, but this time heeling 20 degrees to port, as we plough along on starboard tack after finally escaping the last of the synoptic blancmange a few hours ago that has been greatly slowing our progress for the last co...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

Morning everyone. Well after a couple of days sailing in light conditions, the new wind we were looking for has arrived and we are currently heeled over at 30 degrees heading towards the finish. Hopefully we will have this breeze for most of the way. The crew of Team Garmin has shown much resilience over the past few d...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

We are out of Stealth Mode! It was a pretty successful phase for us, pulling back a lot of miles and then some on the middle of the pack, which has now given us a fighting chance. The dreaded wind hole hasn’t seemed to appear for us either. Well, sort of. Yesterday was the light day that was forecast. We just see...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

Hello World! Day 11 can be classified as one of the best sailing days of our round the world voyage; perfect wind, perfect sea, perfect weather, perfect company. After a last gybe in the morning we sailed with our medium weight spinnaker until halfway in the afternoon, then the wind came too much forward of the be...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! Yesterday was another good, if uneventful day. Our breeze eased and veered as expected. We took the chance to make some progress east before it became too painful, then tacked north. We were conscious of not separating from Jamaica Get All Right by too much in case...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

'All Right'. So yesterday was not a good day for us as we lost miles to the whole fleet and in particular Derry~Londonderry~Doire who has now built a substantial lead over us. The problem was we just ran out of time, and wind, to get far enough east to escape the clutches of the high pressure ridge engulfing us from be...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

"Kites, Whales and the end of Sneaky Sneaky" Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 10. Well as of the last schedule we are in eighth. With balaclavas set we went into Stealth Mode in tenth making this I believe one of our most successful Stealth Modes.Ever! I received a nice email from my friend Eric Hold...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

We have been bared by going any further east by a ridge of high pressure. The front runners made it through and are gone while the rest of us are held back until the ridge decides to let us through. I am not terribly impressed with the situation but that is how it currently stands. The wind has all but shut off a few t...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

A slow but steady day with not much to talk about because of boat speeds of around 5 knots. The big question of the day was whether to gybe and head east and try and get over the band of light wind or no wind into the low or head north and wait until the wind fills in from the west and may have more of a reach. We work...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

Morning all! It's been a bit of a frustrating day today, the wind has been light and fickle. By all accounts we have ended up being the worst hit and as far as the forecasts go, our wind left us 24 hours earlier than it should have. Such is life at sea though and the weather is a fickle mistress. All that said the wind...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

Today the weather dealt us a cruel hand and slammed the door shut in our face.  Our fantastic progress and performance in this race so far has come to a shuddering end. We spent the past 24 hours in Stealth Mode with the plan, like the rest of the others to the east it appears, to get ahead of the zone of dead win...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 207. Will we make it?  That is the big question! We are at a crucial point in this race from a weather point of view.  The forecast has continued to cause much head scratching.  Last night, after spending most of the day revisiting and rechecking the forecast I decided i...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

Yesterday evening’s theme has very much continued today, with a beautiful clear sky and gentle breeze keeping us trickling along at a rather pedestrian rate until around six hours ago when the wind finally started to pick up and our rate of progress once again started knocking at the door of double figures which ...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

Please let us find the 'Gateway to Guinness' was the call from one of the crew today on Team Garmin, as we ran into lighter winds and started to slow down, there has been a split in the fleet with some boats heading east and getting into some northerly breeze flowing over the top of one weather system to the south and ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

The laughs continue on PSP Logistics today. Except this time, maybe it is too much time at sea, or the crew have finally lost the plot but all I could hear from the navigation station today was various animal sounds, pigs, tigers, parrots, cats, dogs in rapid flurry. Further investigation (and then joining in on the ra...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

Hello World! Day 10 passed without any problem. Our medium weight spinnaker stayed up all the time and we made some great gains on the yachts in front of us. The wind did not react according the forecast and we managed to sail our Rhumb line most of the day. The temperature went up as well while the sun was out which w...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! It's been a pretty good day on all fronts. We have managed to take the lead from our friends on Jamaica Get all Right and extended on the chasing pack. The wind has been kind and the sun shining. Cuisine has been excellent again with round the world crew members Su...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

'All Right'. This race is really turning out to be a nail biter and I for one am very glad to be at the front end of the fleet rather than the back end. We have been overtaken by Derry~Londonderry~Doire who have had slightly stronger winds to the south east of us. Meanwhile we have managed to put quite a few more miles...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 14 DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

"Bloody Current" Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 9. Things are going well here on OneDLL. The last schedule was a bit disappointing as we lost some miles. We are not exactly sure why but did notice we were fighting a knot of current for most of the six hours! Seriously, this is getting frustrating. ...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 14 DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

The wind is much lighter now, spending most of its time around 10 knots or slightly less. With the wind right behind the boat is nicely level again. Progress is back into single digits but the change, at least for a short while, seems to be appreciated on board and we're all getting well rested again. The weather is ve...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 14 DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

Spinnaker peels have been the main sail changes happening today. We managed to hold on to the heavyweight kite round the bottom of the southern ice mark and as we headed north east the wind and the forecast got lighter. We peeled from our heavyweight kite to the medium weight kite which kept us moving for most of the d...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 14 DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

Morning all! We had a great night sailing last night with good boat speeds and good wind. However tonight couldn't be any different. We have been sat in less than 5 knots of wind for the last 7 hours and boat speed has been very poor. We pressed on a more easterly course last night to try and punch through the area of ...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 14 DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

After we rounded the Scoring Gate last night we are now past the treacherous ice ridden waters of the Grand Banks and into the familiar feeling waters of the eastern North Atlantic.  Ireland is on the edge of the SeaPro screen, the weather reports feature the UK shipping forecast areas, it all feels like home is j...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 14 DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing 206. Firstly may I take to opportunity to apologise to my Dad.  Yesterday in my sleepy state I totally forgot to start my blog by wishing him a Happy Father’s Day.  Would you have guessed that sailing round the lake in the Enterprise could lead on to me doing this.  So...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 14 DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

So it was most definitely all change today. Gone are the thermals and back to the shorts for some as the wind dies and the sun comes back out. Yes, it is true, unfortunately our respectable rate of progress towards Northern Ireland came to a scything halt this morning as the wind dropped and the sun reappeared in the s...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 14 DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

Good morning. It has been a good 24 hours on Team Garmin as we steadily make our way towards Ireland in some very comfortable sailing conditions. We have been enjoying some fine weather and smooth seas sailing under spinnaker for most of the day managing a respectable boat speed. It has been a fairly uneventful days sa...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 14 DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

Today has been a barrel of laughs on deck with the crew in great spirits playing silly word games and Oreo cookie eating contests. Now the eating contest isn't how much you can eat, it is actually can you eat the cookie at all. The idea is to place you cookie on your forehead whilst leaning back, and then wiggle your f...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 14 DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

Hello World! Day 9 is past and it was a much better day then the day before, even though we had four hours of no wind. That means that we dropped the medium weight through the forward hatch only to re-hoist it when we had a solid three knots of wind. The night before we had been sailing under white sails only to safely...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 14 DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! All is well aboard after our spell in Stealth Mode. It seems as though there has been an east-west split in the fleet with some staying nearer the Rhumb line and heading more northerly whilst some are putting in a bit more east. Both routes have their pro's an...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 14 DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

'All Right'. So we came out of Stealth Mode, along with Derry~Londonderry~Doire, at 00:00 UTC to find we hadn't really made any dramatic gains but hadn't lost any ground either. Since passing the ice mark the fleet has fanned out with over a hundred miles separating OneDLL in the west and Mission Performance in the eas...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 14 DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

It is a day to celebrate. We may not be back in London yet, but today we passed the longitude of Rio, meaning we have now sailed across all meridians of longitudes and have completed a circumnavigation. That is no small achievement. Well done team for this lap of the planet, and for putting up with me for so long. We'r...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 14 DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

I am glad to report a quiet day on Qingdao. After all the reports from other yachts about the sighting of ice we did not see any. It’s still cold and we are seeing a pod of dolphins that have been swimming and jumping around us all day. I have never seen dolphins jumping out of the water so much and a few times &...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 14 DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

Morning all! So, funny story.  I closed yesterday expressing a hope that I wouldn't be writing today about a ‘kitemare’...so what happened was the kite didn't even make it up the mast! We were all set and then one of the foredeck team noticed a twist in the halyard, not so much of an issue however the ...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 14 DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 205. From a sailing point of view there has not been much to report on throughout today.  This morning saw us change from the Yankee 1 and the staysail to our heavyweight kite giving us the good fun of reasonably breezy downwind, down swell sailing.  The heavyweight spinnaker...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 14 DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

Thankfully the remainder of Friday the 13th passed off without incident and we are now clear of the edge of the iceberg limit which means that fingers crossed we should not be seeing any more ice and conditions on board should return to a less Arctic state for the rest of the race to Northern Ireland. The lower than ex...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 14 DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

Today has been a fast day. After the relevant winch repairs last night we hoisted the heavyweight spinnaker at 07:00am this morning. Although the sea was lumpy and confused, the wind angle was right. It was a challenge since we haven’t had ocean kite conditions since Leg 6 so we took things slowly, recapped the t...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 14 DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

Hello World! Day 8 has passed and it was a difficult day. During the night before the wind had started to back and come more out of the north, north west, this gave opportunity to sail with the spinnaker, but due to the sea state I did not want to start off in the dark, so we waited till first light and started prepari...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 14 DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! I am relieved to report that we made it out of the ice zone unscathed and through the Scoring Gate with an unratified two points. Well done to Jamaica Get All Right and Switzerland who crossed the gate in first and third respectively. Both teams have sailed excepti...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 14 DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

'All Right'. At 22:33 UTC last night we passed through the Scoring Gate in first place and claimed the three points on offer. We had been leading the race for several days and had to fight very hard to stay ahead of the teams immediately behind us, in particular Derry~Londonderry~Doire. Yesterday morning we hoisted our...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 14 DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

"Kites, Dolphins and Icebergs" Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 8. Well I have never seen an iceberg before. Technically I still have not as what I have seen is something called a growler. These are small bits of ice, much smaller than an iceberg. The problem is that the smallest one I saw was maybe ...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 14 DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

It has been another cold, windy and overcast day, surfing down big spray blown waves in the North Atlantic.  We have all been alarmed to hear the ice reports from the other boats, four of which have spotted 'growlers' or small submerged icebergs.  So far we are very pleased not to have sighted one ourselves.&...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 14 DAY 7

14 JUN 2014

'All Right'. Apologies to all for not writing a blog yesterday but I was preoccupied on deck and by the time I came down below it was too late. We are still holding first place but have lost some miles over the last two days to the boats immediately behind us. The race for the Scoring Gate is now most definitely on and...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 11 DAY 7

14 JUN 2014

"The ice watch" Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 7. We have had a good day of sailing with good boat speeds. We are still in a lowly 11th with only a few miles between us and our good friends Old Pulteney in 12th. This is not a position we have found ourselves in the Clipper Round the World Yach...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 14 DAY 7

14 JUN 2014

The wind has freed us throughout the day, bringing an end to the heeling and bashing of yesterday. Seasickness is at an end finally. Now there is the recovery from exhaustion due to lack of sleep for some as sleeping is not always easy when you are sick and the boat's motion is lively. We had a good day of fast reachin...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 14 DAY 7

14 JUN 2014

After a days of sail changes, again this time to our Yankee 1, the main different is that it’s very cold on deck and doing a sail change takes a long time with very cold water cashing over the deck. Your hands freeze up and stop working if you get wet as well. The on deck are sporting the full set of foulies with...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 14 DAY 7

14 JUN 2014

Morning all from a very cold North Atlantic! The temperature has really dropped overnight tonight and there have been reports of ice from a few of the other boats. This means that a sharp 'berg watch' is being kept constantly by the shrouds. As the temperature is so cold this is limited to 10 minute stints before rotat...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 14 DAY 7

14 JUN 2014

The sea temperature this morning dropped from a balmy 18 degrees to a chilling 4 degrees as we entered the stream of the Labrador Current that sets southwards from the Arctic down the coast of Canada and across the Grand Banks.  Drysuits, woolly hats and thick gloves are the order of the day and suddenly the grind...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 14 DAY 7

14 JUN 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 204. Apologies you have not heard from me for a few days, we have had comms problems on board but have been in constant contact with the Clipper Race Office. Today the 22:00 watch change saw the call for the Yankee 2 to be swapped out for the Yankee 1. The whole team set about getting ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 14 DAY 7

14 JUN 2014

Well, it has been a while since I have had a word of the day, but today there definitely has to be one and that is growler! Yes, today we saw something that in all my time at sea I have never seen before and that is a growler. Now for those of you who do not know, a growler is an ice fragment which has broken free from...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 14 DAY 7

14 JUN 2014

Good morning. The last 24 hours have seen the temperature drop dramatically as we sailed under the Grand Banks. It really is very cold with the air temperature around 5 degrees and the sea temperature about the same. We have been extra vigilant as we knew there was a possibility of seeing icebergs. This afternoon we re...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 14 DAY 7

14 JUN 2014

Today has been uneventful sailing on PSP Logistics. We have had sailing under Yankee 2 stay and main overnight, putting in reefs and shaking them as required in the blustering chilly conditions. We saw the wind drop and back slightly at lunch time so we changed to our Yankee 1 and are making reasonable speed due e...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 14 DAY 7

14 JUN 2014

Hello world!Day 6 has passed and with it being Friday the 13th, fortunately without too much disaster. All that happened was a snapped reef 3 (again) and a broken batten. It could have been worse. The morning glory brought some strong winds and forced us to reduce sail plan. After this life on board became bearable aga...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 14 DAY 7

14 JUN 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! The early bird caught the worm this morning in that we had enough of a lull in the breeze to get the heavy weight kite up. Unfortunately the worm bit back a few hours later when the halyard outer cover parted meaning it dropped by 10 metres before becoming per...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 14, DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 6. Well we have been working hard. The yachts to the north of us have a better wind angle. This means that despite our hard work we are usually losing out a little to them in the schedules. This is another symptom of the "not finding the current tactic" goin...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 14, DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

It has been quite the change to what is the expected weather for the North Atlantic. Shorts have been put away and thermals and full foulies are the order of the day. The sun has disappeared behind a covering of cloud and everything has taken on a grey tone. Seasickness is still running rampant with a few starting to...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 14, DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

It’s been a great day’s racing on Qingdao. We have been keeping our foot on the gas but still been losing miles to the rest of the fleet. There is not much more we can do. We have been changing from the Yankee 3 to Yankee 2 and putting in reefs in and out all day as the wind has been changing. Sail changing...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 14, DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

Morning all! Well life is certainly a lot more interesting today with the boat heavily heeled over as we plough through the moderate swell. The wind has shifted well forward of the beam and is making it a little uncomfortable to say the least. We are expecting the wind to stay like this for at least another 24 hours be...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 14, DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

Today has been a day of hoping for everyone on board. Hoping that the wind will turn further aft, hoping that our speeds are enough to keep the competition at bay, hoping the sun will come through the low grey sky, hoping that emptying the bilge or doing Mother Watch won’t make me more seasick, hoping that the se...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 14, DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

Today has thankfully continued much in the same vein as yesterday with the Northerly airflow continuing to hold and power us forward towards the Scoring Gate and beyond, the main difference being that the water temperature has dropped rapidly to 11 degrees as we approach the bottom of the Grand Banks and the tail end o...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 14, DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

Good morning. Well we have had 24 hours of upwind sailing and I am already fed up with it! The conditions have been very testing with the wind changing strength and direction making the crew’s job doubly hard as they continuously adjust the sail plan to match the conditions. Earlier this morning the graph functio...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 14, DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

We are approaching the south end of the Grand Banks, a shallow flat that is famous for its fishing grounds, stormy weather, icebergs and just to the south of it, the sinking of the Titanic. Well I am pleased to say we haven’t had any storms, nor seen any fishing vessels, and hopefully won’t see any icebergs...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 14, DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

Hello World! It has been another tough 24 hours sailing, the wind is according to the forecast but very gusty and that makes it difficult to adjust sails. The boat is on a constant heel of 45 degrees plus, which makes living tough. We are still in the closing positions of the fleet, together with OneDLL. We are do...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 14, DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! Yesterday was pretty frustrating with wind higher than forecast but quite unstable in both strength and direction. We delayed sail changes waiting for the breeze to drop, then lost patience, changed, the wind would drop and we'd have to change back! We have finally...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 14, DAY 5

12 JUN 2014

"Fighting the stream"   Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 5. Well this has not gone to plan has it! So the idea was to head south and pick up the Gulf Stream. This was going very well until we encountered a few problems. We did an amazing peel from Penelope, our light weight spinnaker, to the Pho...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 14, DAY 5

12 JUN 2014

It is so nice to be moving properly for the first time this race with wind speeds over 10 knots. This morning we had a brief spell of heavyweight spinnaker, running in 25 knots of wind before sailing into a rain cloud and the wind shifted into the north causing us to white sail reach since then. Life on a heel has retu...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 14, DAY 5

12 JUN 2014

Busy times today as we gybed over to the north and the wind rose above the apparent wind for our light weight kite. Speeds were in double figures and we dropped it just in time as the wind built to over 25 knots and moved forward. So after rigging our heavy weight kite we decided that the Yankee 1 would be a better pla...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 14, DAY 5

12 JUN 2014

Morning all! Well it's been a fantastic 24 hours of sailing. We have been flying along under medium weight spinnaker for the majority of last night. As a front line started to approach the wind started to build. Once the wind reached just over 30 knots I thought it about time to change to a smaller sail! We stuck up ou...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 14, DAY 5

12 JUN 2014

The wind picked up today and after a night spent under our heavyweight kite it was back to white sails as the wind veered round to the north and strengthened after a succession of frontal squalls. Heidi (the nickname for our boat) has been hammering through the waves all day long, the sun has been out and water is scre...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 14, DAY 5

12 JUN 2014

I never thought I would be glad to have the good ship GREAT Britain at a 30 degree angle of heel, but today I was. It was so great to finally have enough wind to get us fully up to speed and once again see us doing what we are capable of in terms of powering along and eating the miles. It was like a breath of...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 14, DAY 5

12 JUN 2014

Wow, where do we start!? It has been an energetic day to say the least with finally some excellent progress! Last night we were sailing along in a nice 12 knots with the kite up, diligently watching the wind to start to veer to the west. As soon as it did we gybed north to go meet the front that was coming down from Ca...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 14, DAY 5

12 JUN 2014

Hello World! Day 5 of the New York to Derry Londonderry race brought wind. This morning the wind started to increase as the cold front of the low approached. That was the time to take the medium weight spinnaker down. After proper preparation, we dropped her in 27 knots of true wind perfectly straight down the companio...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 14, DAY 5

12 JUN 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! What a difference a day makes! Yesterday we were gliding along in flat calm waters with blue sky and a warm breeze. Today we are smashing upwind in almost 30 knots of noticeably colder wind with several green faced crew. We are making good progress but I'm worried ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 14, DAY 5

12 JUN 2014

'All Right'. Up until yesterday morning we were flying along with full mainsail and heavyweight spinnaker but the weather conditions were getting increasingly difficult with the wind and sea state building. We were seeing up to 35 knots of true wind and regularly burying the end of the boom in the sea as the boat rolle...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 14, DAY 5

12 JUN 2014

Good morning, well this is more like the North Atlantic I remember, it is a very grey overcast day here on Team Garmin with a stiff northerly wind blowing. The wind filled yesterday morning and slowly shifted to the north, so we said goodbye to the spinnakers and hoisted the Yankee 1 and started reaching. As the wind w...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 14 DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

"Riding the stream" Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 4. Well this is proving to be a close race indeed. The conditions remain light, fairly stable and pleasant. It is a testament therefore to all the teams out there that when the sail plans are the same that there is really very little between the fl...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 14 DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

Still not much good news to report for the last 24 hours as we've consistently been putting up poor numbers at every schedule. We're hoping that things improve as the wind becomes steadier. There hasn't even been the wildlife to console us today, none whatsoever to speak of. I am glad this is a longer race so there is ...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 14 DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

What can we say about what has been happening on Qingdao? We are still trying to keep good boat speed towards the next waypoint but still have light winds and have been going from windseeker to our light weight kite as the wind changes just to keep boat speeds over 5 knots. We now have Invest Africa, PSP Logistics an...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 14 DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

Morning all! It's been a great day sailing and we have been making really good progress. Our boat speed has been a bit better than some of the other yachts around us and we have made some great gains on the rest of the fleet.The breeze has started filling in a little more now and is set to increase over the next few ho...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 14 DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

Race 14 day 4 Today’s sightings of wildlife has mostly consisted of the crew of Derry~Londonderry~Doire and whilst they may not have boasts similar to the North Atlantic Right Whale, they do keep a mean speed. Today, according to the forecast, was always going to test our patience.The high pressure to the south o...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 14 DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

Today has been a much better day with a good constant breeze and much higher boat speeds being achieved for most of the day meaning that we have been able to close the gap on the leaders a little and climb our way up the standings a couple of places which has been excellent for morale on board and a great reward for al...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 14 DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

Good morning. Well another 24 hours on Team Garmin working our hardest to extract whatever speed we can from the little wind there is. It has been very frustrating as schedule after schedule it became apparent that we were in a lighter breeze than most of the fleet as we lost miles to every boat. We have been flying th...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 14 DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

Another averagely slow day today.We have had some gains on the fleet only for them to be snatched away in the next schedule. Last night saw us round the first virtual mark with Mission Performance and Invest Africa off our stern, and GREAT Britain on our bow.  We were just holding them at bay for most of the day. ...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 14 DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

Hello world!It has been another interesting 24 hours of racing on day 4. We currently still have 2495 miles to go and there is a shift in the wind, what means there is a change in the weather. The forecast gives a veering wind all the way to the north in the upcoming 12 hours. Since last night we have been charging up ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 14 DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

Good Morning Sports Fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire!  It's been another pleasant day in the Gulf Stream! Although we haven't been able to make as much progress north as we'd like, the ability to do 4 knots in the right direction with almost no wind is a rare luxury! For the most part we've had decent breeze and ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 14 DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

'All Right'. It looks like the cruise is finally coming to an end and the racing proper is beginning. In the course of 24 hours we have gone from being completely becalmed going nowhere with the windseeker up through to the light weight, medium weight and now the heavy weight spinnaker with full mainsail as the wind ha...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 14 DAY 3

10 JUN 2014

"Judge a man not by his successes but by how he gets up from his failures" This is the quote I gave the guys only 18 hours ago. It had all been going so well. We were in a really strong position at the front of the fleet and as I wrote my last blog we had entered what I had hoped was a small wind hole.Well it was not a...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 14 DAY 3

10 JUN 2014

I cannot wait for this light and fluffy wind to end and the proper racing to get going. The wind has come from many different directions today and just when things look good the wind shuts off again. With everyone in different winds the concern is when a steady wind finally arrives we could all be in very different are...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 14 DAY 3

10 JUN 2014

What a last 24 hours it has been.We went from being in the top three boats in the fleet with a little lead over other yachts to almost last by 50 miles in less than 6 hours. It all happened when we sailed into a fog bank and the wind went very light. As we kept sailing north east a few other yachts gybed over to the so...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 14 DAY 3

10 JUN 2014

Morning all! It was a painful few hours last night as the wind refused to fill in and the fog remained thick, and the fishy stench of the sea thicker still. We were almost completely becalmed and managed just 5 miles in about 12 hours.Hindsight told us that we should have covered Switzerland - we followed them into the...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 14 DAY 3

10 JUN 2014

It has been another tense day of racing on Switzerland and the light airs and mixed sea currents across the sailing area where the fleet are has been opening up windholes and loopholes galore!  It's a real snakes and ladders board. Our route is picked for us as we tread between the cooler foggy water to the north ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 14 DAY 3

10 JUN 2014

A long hard slog is what you would most simply describe today as. We have spent much of the day hunting wind exactly where it was forecast to be, whilst watching the lead group of boats find a decent breeze where it was forecast not to be and rocket off in front of us, making impressive gains and leaving us for dust in...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 14 DAY 3

10 JUN 2014

Good morning. It has been another eventful day on Team Garmin, with lots of course changes last night as we tried to avoid light winds. This saw us gybing back to the south as this has seemed to be the better option, early in the morning we saw the wind freshen and build enough for us to peel to the medium weight spinn...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 14 DAY 3

10 JUN 2014

The last 24 hours have been a double edged sword. On one hand the beauty of the sea and wildlife has been extraordinary; on the other hand, the racing has been dire. The wind has been up to its old tricks, and when I say that, I mean, it hasn’t even turned up to the show. We have spent the best part of the day d...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 14 DAY 3

10 JUN 2014

Hello world!Day 3 has gone by and it was a long day. The wind has been constantly light and not always from the same direction, which means that we sail a much longer course then the direct line we should follow. This combined with the light winds makes for slow progress. On the other hand, it looks like the tropics he...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 14 DAY 3

10 JUN 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! All is well aboard as we ghost our way east using a light breeze helped by a strong push from the Gulf Stream. We were heading north east last night and noticed the boats to our north had slowed and Switzerland was coming south at great pace. We gybed over to head ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 14 DAY 3

10 JUN 2014

'All Right'. If we were on a cruise we would be having a wonderful time as the weather conditions are sublime with light following winds, hot sunny days and beautiful starlit nights. However we are not cruising, we are racing and I would like it to be a little more hardcore with a bit more wind from the right direction...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 14 DAY 2

09 JUN 2014

Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 2. Well this race has been rather interesting so far. The light variable conditions have laid havoc to my original ideas. A gradient wind was meant to establish itself as high pressure filled the gap of the departing low pressure. This wind was meant to come from the ...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 14 DAY 2

09 JUN 2014

We have had some good success lately and even yesterday things were going well, but today was a slow, frustrating day. I guess we all have bad days at the office and it is best to put them behind us and keep looking forward. All the yachts have their Automatic Identification System transponders on so we can see how eve...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 14 DAY 2

09 JUN 2014

After a busy stopover yet again we are back racing - this time back to home waters and to Derry - Londonderry one of the best stopovers in the last race and hopefully again this time round. The wind has been light but we have been keeping going with the light weight kite which we have been under since Race Start. Every...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 14 DAY 2

09 JUN 2014

Morning all! What a day’s racing it has been, somewhat of a lottery with the wind as it has been fickle all day, though not without some very hard work from the crew and some attentive sailing and gybing, we managed to climb a few places in the leaderboard which gave us all a good boost.We have been closely fol...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 14 DAY 2

09 JUN 2014

Having successfully managed to get ourselves a few hundred yards to windward of Mission Performance, after a day under light weight spinnaker, I received a call on the VHF from their skipper Matt.  “Can you smell that awful smell?” Nope, not the mothers cooking, nor the generator exhaust...  It wa...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 14 DAY 2

09 JUN 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 199. The last 24 hours have been relatively slow but we have consistently had enough breeze to keep Invest Africa moving.  I am really hoping that the low pressure system that is heading our way will stop messing around and hurry and get here, as when it arrives it should bring so...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 14 DAY 2

09 JUN 2014

Today has been a day of continuing light winds and growing frustration. We really have not had much weather luck so far this race, the wind has been very light and fickle and it seems that everywhere we have gone there has been slightly less wind or current than the rest of the fleet have experienced meaning that over ...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 14 DAY 2

09 JUN 2014

Morning. Well it has been an interesting first 24 hours to this race, with gains and losses made by boats choosing different tactics in some light winds. After the start the boats all bunched together as we could sail our course but as the wind moved aft the plots on the schedule show a clear star burst effect as boats...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 14 DAY 2

09 JUN 2014

The first 24 hours of this race have proved to be very tight so far. We have spent the night and day in visual contact with every boat in the fleet at various times. The fleet has started to split up this evening as we all have a slightly different idea of how to tackle the light air we are all experiencing at the...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 14 DAY 2

09 JUN 2014

Hello world!Day 2 of this episode and I can tell you, if we have to go all the way to Derry-Londonderry like this, we better go straight through to Holland, but that will not happen and we will be on time. Otherwise, amazing weather and a sunny, flat ocean but not too much wind. We are not in the top ranks of the ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 14 DAY 2

09 JUN 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! It's been a beautiful day in our watery paradise; flat calm seas, light but steady breeze, blue sky and sun. We have taken a more southerly route in the hope of picking up an eddy of the Gulf Stream and seem to have found it. The trick now is to milk as much from i...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 14 DAY 2

09 JUN 2014

'All Right'. It's been a steady but quite slow 24 hours with a light wind from behind backing and veering between the north west and the south west in direction. We have been flying a spinnaker since just after Race Start, first the medium weight and now the light weight, and have been gybing back and forth on the wind...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 14 DAY 1

08 JUN 2014

Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 1. Well I love New York. It was a really busy stopover with a lot of corporate activation, but it was also amazing to be in one of the premier cities in the world. Liberty Landing Marina treated us exceptionally well. North Cove Marina is in an amazing location...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 14 DAY 1

08 JUN 2014

Race 14 is under way. Henri Lloyd was the lead boat for the Le Mans start and it went off quite smoothly. We are now heading east under spinnaker in a light westerly breeze. The fleet is still all very close together and all in visual range. The wind is expected to lighten and become variable and we could be in for a c...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 14 DAY 1

08 JUN 2014

Morning all! Well another race start day and the final ocean crossing of the Clipper 2013-14 Race The stopover in New York was a short stop but packed with events going on out of New Jersey and Manhattan, and sailing with that backdrop was iconic.This evening we started the race with a Le Mans start after a motor sail ...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 14 DAY 1

08 JUN 2014

I ♥ NY!  And so do the crew who had a good roam around in the city that never sleeps this stopover. As we left this afternoon in warm sunshine to the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline under the far reaching gaze of the Statue of Liberty, it reaffirms that the Clipper Race really does go to the most spectacu...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 14 DAY 1

08 JUN 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 197.  Well the first day of the final leg of the Clipper 2013-14 Race! After an all too short, incredibly brief stop in NYC we are now on our way to Derry-Londonderry.  Myself and the crew really enjoyed the stopover in the Big Apple but today it was time to get going again. ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 14 DAY 1

08 JUN 2014

After a hectic but fun stopover in New York, we slipped North Cove Marina at 11:21 local time this morning and after a short Parade of Sail in front of the iconic Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty we headed out under motor to our designated starting area, about 30 miles out to sea from the marina where at 16:...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 14 DAY 1

08 JUN 2014

Good morning. We are heading back across the North Atlantic in the last ocean crossing of this race.All the crew had an amazing time in New York, and have come back on board Team Garmin relaxed and recharged.We left New York harbour in a spectacular Parade of Sail and I am sure there were some great photos taken of the...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 14 DAY 1

08 JUN 2014

The final countdown is on! It is hard to believe that Leg 8 is here and that there are only races left. It does really seem like yesterday when we set sail from London. So not long left I am afraid. I think it is like reading a good book; the first couple of chapters always seem to go really quickly. Any way, we are no...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 14 DAY 1

08 JUN 2014

Hello world!Welcome back to Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, live from the good ship the 'Navigator' (the nickname for Old Pulteney). It is day 1, Leg 8 Race 14 and we are off.After a short but splendid stay at the marinas of Liberty Landing in Jersey and North Cove in New York City, with a lot of corporate sailing ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 14 DAY 1

08 JUN 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! Here we go again! The beginning of the eighth and final leg. The first race of Leg 8 is the last ocean crossing of the Clipper Round the World Race and a special one for us as it will finish in Derry-Londonderry in less than two weeks’ time. New York was a gr...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 14 DAY 1

08 JUN 2014

'All Right'. So, we are on to Leg 8 and the final three races of the series. The first of those races from New York to Derry-Londonderry began with a Le Mans start at 18:40 local time (22:40 UTC) yesterday. The fleet had motored out of New York Harbour, after a Parade of Sail in front of the Manhattan skyline and the...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 14 START

07 JUN 2014

Our time in New York has been busy but really good. Old Pulteney is feeling very good about the next race, there is a great atmosphere on board and everybody is ready for it and looking forward to our next big ocean crossing and heading back to Europe.We have to keep a very good eye on the beginning of the route i...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 14 START

07 JUN 2014

New York has been a very different stop to Jamaica with it being a big city with its bright lights. It has been a whistle –stop tour but we have all done some sightseeing, visiting some of the famous landmarks of the city. We are about to start the final leg of the whole race and we are definitely addressing our ...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 14 START

07 JUN 2014

It’s been a phenomenal stopover , New Jersey was amazing, North Cove has been amazing and we have had some good corporate activation here, De Lage Landen have really looked after us and the crew are refreshed and raring to go. This is the last leg and we are in a strong position, we are looking to go out and hope...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 14 START

07 JUN 2014

New York has been amazing, it’s my first time here and the first tome for a lot of the crew, I think everyone has had a very enjoyable stopover and hopefully raring to go for the final homecoming leg into Derry-Londonderry. The dynamics on board are great, we have had a relatively big crew changeover in this leg ...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 14 START

07 JUN 2014

I visited New York in the last race and had a great time then as I have now and I know the crew have enjoyed their time here too. We have a few new crew members this leg and there are mixed emotions on board, the round the world crew that have been on from the start see this as the end of their journey, and the new joi...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 14 START

07 JUN 2014

This has been a busy stopover in to our home port, I’m sure there are a few crew who are going to be sad to be leaving here so soon but it’s time to get going the race is almost over but we still have three races to go and we are raring to go. Right now the weather is looking pretty tricky, its looks like i...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 14 START

07 JUN 2014

I’m feeling very relaxed despite a very busy stopover, as a team we are in a good way and have eight new crew on this leg and for the round the world crew this is their final leg and final ocean crossing and we are looking forward to it. It’s going to be an interesting crossing, most of the skippers here wi...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 14 START

07 JUN 2014

New York is always a busy stopover for the Clipper Race fleet and I love this city, everyone is so friendly and helpful. It looks like the weather is going to be nice for the first week of the race and safety waypoints have been put into the course to save ourselves getting into any trouble, so if we adhere to that we ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 14 START

07 JUN 2014

It’s the final leg of the race, it’s a bit sad that its coming to an end but also its getting to that point in the race that we’ve been pacing ourselves and it feels about right at the moment. The next race across the Atlantic looks like it is going to be quote tactical and largely downwind but not st...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 14 START

07 JUN 2014

Leg 8, the final countdown – we are feeling pretty  good about this, from Panama to Jamaica, Jamaica to here, even though we came sixth and seventh we sailed really solidly and I think we can take this momentum into the next race and we really want to push hard for a good result. We have a few limitations in...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 14 START

07 JUN 2014

It’s always nice to be in New York it’s looking like it’s going to be a torturous race across the Atlantic my initial estimates are showing anything up to a 17 day crossing. It doesn’t look like there are any storms on the way but lots of messy weather that isn’t really doing anything conc...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 14 START

07 JUN 2014

The homeward leg of the Clipper Race has certainly been an epic journey; myself and the long term crew can’t believe how quickly it’s come round. To me we are making that final trip home it’s the final ocean crossing - Derry-Londonderry is well known for its hospitality so I am looking forward to visi...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 13: THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY REPORT

03 JUN 2014

It was a very mixed race really, to start with coming out of Jamaica it was very strong hard upwind conditions all the way up to Cuba, I made a bit of a faux pas tactic wise we ended up about 10-15 miles behind the rest of the fleet but we gradually managed to pick some places up we finished overall in sixth place. Con...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 13: THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY R...

03 JUN 2014

We had a good start we took off very well and we were even first for a little while, then we were 7 miles off a wind hole and we just lost it there, that was the frustrating part. We were further west to the rest of the fleet we should have had the same wind but didn’t so we tried to get out and into the Gulf Str...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 13: THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY REPORT

03 JUN 2014

What a tough, demanding race. All points of sail, near every sail used, countless sail changes to keep powered up at all times. It has been very taxing on myself and the crew. However, I feel very proud  as the crew worked very hard to stay in the game. We really felt like a racing crew, doing everything in our po...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 13: THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY REPORT

03 JUN 2014

It was one of the hardest races I have ever had to take part in. We were doing quite well until the Windward Passage, we all came out the Windward Passage at the same time and we literally sailed into a high pressure and we watched boats around us sail into the distance. We were doing horrendous schedules doing 8 miles...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 13 DAY 10

03 JUN 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 197.  As I write this the Manhattan sky line is starting to become visible on the horizon and the Verranazo narrows bridge is now clearly in sight as we are picking up the first of the channel markers leading in to New York harbour.  Leg 7 has not been a great leg for Invest ...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 13: THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY REPORT

03 JUN 2014

It was great to arrive this morning it’s a beautiful day and everyone is really excited to be here, it was a difficult race we were quite pensive on the start line and we didn’t quite make it to the windward mark. We were in last place but did well until we got to the Windward Passage and we lost a lot of g...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 13: THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY REPORT

03 JUN 2014

Obviously it is very disappointing coming in twelfth place but as a team we are doing our best to remain positive and upbeat, not only about what we have achieved so far in the race but also about our remaining opportunities. We lost our chance in this race in the first 36 hours through the windward passage and I belie...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 13: THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY REPORT

03 JUN 2014

It was a fairly frustrating race at times when we left Jamaica we had a really good start then had a bit of a beat up the Windward Passage and a reach up into the ridge and we stopped from there. We had very light and fickle winds which was to be expected and the ridge grew as time progressed. It was a hot and windless...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 13: THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY REPORT

02 JUN 2014

The team really wanted to give this race a big effort and win into New York, one of our unofficial home ports. They did indeed put in the required effort and were rewarded not only with the race win but the triple crown of scoring gate, ocean sprint, and line honours. I am really proud of this team and feel we have fin...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 13: THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY REPORT

02 JUN 2014

It’s been an amazingly close race which gets even closer as it goes on, we are all so evenly matched at the moment there is no room for error. We had a good race, leaving Jamaica we came quite quickly out of the blocks and made it past the first mark quite quickly in second or third position, then we had a good r...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 13 RACE FINISH

02 JUN 2014

 What a tough, demanding race. All points of sail, near every sail used, countless sail changes to keep powered up at all times. It has been very taxing on the crew and myself. However, I feel very proud  as the crew worked very hard to stay in the game. We really felt like a racing crew, doing everything in ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 13 DAY 9

02 JUN 2014

 Morning all, it's been an ok day as we make our way north towards New York. We have had breeze all day though it has been right on the nose meaning that it's been an uncomfortable beat, especially as we crossed the Gulf Stream. This strong north-going current met the 30 knot northerly wind to give an horrendous s...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 13 DAY 9

02 JUN 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 196.  I said something today that is a very peculiar thing for a sailor to say... 'I wish this wind would hurry up and die off!'  Let me explain.  The headwinds that we have been motor sailing into for the past couple of days have been more than a touch inconvenient for ...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 13 DAY 9

02 JUN 2014

Good morning, Well finally the strong headwinds have abated and we are motoring at a reasonable speed towards New York, after 48 hours of trying to make any decent progress into strong wind blowing up to 30 knots we are finally making decent progress.  I will do my best to ensure that the crew get as much down t...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 13 DAY 9

02 JUN 2014

We have been working very hard on the boat all day, and will continue to all through the night to have her ready and clean for our arrival tomorrow afternoon.  We have seen wildlife for first time in a while today too. Many, many large sea turtles swimming about. I imagine they must be laying eggs on the nearby be...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 13 DAY 9

02 JUN 2014

Hello world!  Well we have finished, we were the last boat to finish this race, but not the last boat in ranking. We ended up in eighth, a sad result if you look how we started this race and stayed in the leading pack. We had hopes for a better result, tactically wise we were not much different from the other boat...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 13; THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY REPORT

02 JUN 2014

What a fantastic city to come in to. The Clipper Race visits some fantastic places and they all look better from the water so we came just as dawn was coming up and all the city lights were sparkling and the Statue of Liberty was lit up it was beautiful. This race was an incredible dog fight the whole duration and to h...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 13 DAY 8

01 JUN 2014

The team really wanted to give this race a big effort and win into New York, one of our unofficial home ports. They did indeed put in the required effort and were rewarded not only with the race win but the triple crown of Scoring Gate, Ocean Sprint, and line honours. I am really proud of this team and feel we have fin...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 13 DAY 8

01 JUN 2014

Morning all! We have had a very productive day today finishing off all our maintenance and the majority of our cleaning tasks. Life is very uncomfortable again now as the wind has filled in with a vengeance and we are beating into 30 knots of wind and a short and nasty sea. The plus side is that we are going fast;...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 13 DAY 8

01 JUN 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 195.  Short, sweet and to the point.  Today has seen the wind build, our sail plan reduce and our ETA in New York slip back as the wind has built.  The northerly wind we are currently experiencing is really slowing our progress along with the building sea state.  Th...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 13 DAY 8

01 JUN 2014

Well, despite our best efforts we could not reel in Henri Lloyd and at 16:54:43 UTC we finished Race 13 in second place. For me, this race had always promised to be a tough race and it certainly has lived up to expectations with Mother Nature playing a key role in making it one of the most stressful and nail bitin...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 13 DAY 8

01 JUN 2014

Apologies for no report from Team Garmin yesterday, but it was not a good day for Team Garmin, after being caught in a wind hole for what seemed like an eternity with the high pressure centred directly over our position, the Race Office offered us the option of accepting 11th and retiring from the race allowing us to m...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 13 DAY 8

01 JUN 2014

Last day of racing for Leg 7. It is hard to remember where yesterday ended and today started! The breeze has been up to its usual shifty tricks producing wild 30 degrees changes in direction and 10 knot spikes in strength. This makes it tough to pick a sail plan and stick with it. We started the day with Yankee 1 and s...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 13 DAY 8

01 JUN 2014

Hello world! Oh what a day, it has been eventful, the wind strengthened as according to the weather forecast, what made us do the first headsail change since just after leaving San Francisco! (except the spinnakers) , we changed from Yankee 1 to Yankee 2. It was a quick change but unfortunately during the hoist, the ha...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 13: THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY REPORT

01 JUN 2014

As the crew take down the sails for the last time before our motor into New York, we are all feeling absolutely exhausted but pleased with the huge amount of effort we have put in over the past three races on a simply wonderful leg. Race 13: The Grange Hotels Trophy from Jamaica to New York has been a great race and ou...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 13: THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY REPORT RE...

01 JUN 2014

This was a really exciting race, we always had sails on the horizon and there was a wind hole about a day, day and a half out – we all bunched up and spoke to one another on the radio joking about start number 3. It was a race of different sprints the first the Windward Passage up through Cuba. Tactics were limi...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 13 DAY 7

31 MAY 2014

Good morning OneDLL fans. Welcome to sailing day 7. Well things have not gone exactly to plan. Well done to Henri Lloyd who seems to have found some of their black magic once again. If they get a first in this race then they will take the OneDLL record for scoring the most points in a race currently which we currentl...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 13 DAY 7

31 MAY 2014

 We've been told that the race is to be shortened at the Norfolk finish gate, which is currently 90 miles away so we should be done tomorrow morning sometime. We've made it into the Gulf Stream and it is rather rough with a 20 knot northerly coming up against the 2 knot current. After going through a particularly ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 13 DAY 7

31 MAY 2014

Morning all! So we have been under engine all day and have made more progress than we had in the last 48 hours. We have been spending the day cracking on with our maintenance and cleaning to ensure the boat is ready for the busy stopover in New York. The wind is still very light but is expected to fill in a bit from th...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 13 DAY 7

31 MAY 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 194. As I am sure you are all aware by now Race 13 has been called short as the arrival date in New York draws ever closer. It’s been another painful result for Invest Africa, another last place. It’s hard to believe that 48 hours before the course was shortened we w...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 13 DAY 7

31 MAY 2014

So, fingers crossed, this will be the last blog I write for this race as we are now only 85 miles from the shortened course finish line meaning that if the wind lives up to forecast we should be finished within about 12 hours. After finally being released from the squall randomiser last night, we found ourselves about...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 13 DAY 7

31 MAY 2014

This race is turning out to be one of the toughest in the series. Every time we seem to get a break, the wind shifts to make it harder. Today started out very promising. We have been making a northerly course all day with varying speeds, but still, north straight to the finish line. We have had positive current for the...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 13 DAY 7

31 MAY 2014

Hello world! At last we are moving again…it has been a painstaking long 24 hours, where we were regularly wind deprived.  This last afternoon saw us battle a windless period of less than 2 knots, for more than 2 hours. On top of this we nearly gave up racing to be able to motor straight to New York, but we...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 13 DAY 7

31 MAY 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry-Londonderry-Doire! With less than 100 miles to the shortened course finish line at Norfolk Gate, we are doing everything we can to overtake a few of the lead group. We had planned to be in Stealth Mode for this section but the  rules forbid this less than 200 miles from the fin...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 13: THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY REPORT

31 MAY 2014

It was fairly frustrating in some ways. I briefed the crew on what to expect before we left and it was exactly what it has been every other time I have sailed into New York; wind on the nose, wind behind and wind holes and unfortunately Mother Nature did not play our way this time. She took the Ocean Sprint from us and...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 6. Well what a day’s racing. We have been through some strange weather (possibly a cold front or possibly a super squall) and have been becalmed twice. We have been beating to windward with the kite up on a beam reach.... we have sailed every point of sail in th...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

Morning all! It's been a very slow day today and our progress has been steady. The wind has been very light all day there hasn't been much more than 5 knots of wind. It's looking like the top half of the fleet have successfully sailed out of the ridge of high pressure, we haven't been so lucky and are still well and tr...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

I'm not sure where today began or last night ended.  All I know is that the Ocean Sprint is done and dusted, we put in a cracking bit of effort but just could not manage to match the pace and height of the other three boats around us (I'm sure they will reveal all in the bar at the end!).  However, for now it...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 193.  Another windless day aboard Invest Africa.  The last 24 hours have seen us only take 40 miles off our distance to finish, the average speed of less than 2 knots is frustrating to say the least!  Earlier on this evening there was so little wind and the sea surface w...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

There comes a time that one has to put your hand up and admit to the world that you got it wrong.  Well I have certainly messed this race up, we have managed to position ourselves directly under the centre of a new high which is building which means we have fallen into possibly the biggest wind hole ever!  Fo...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

Well, well, it has been one of those days. Stop start stop start, wind from everywhere, wind up to 22 knots, wind down to 0 knots.  This morning saw us released from the high pressure ridge as we made our way to the start of the Ocean Sprint. A nice steady 8 to 10 knots of wind, as per the forecast. Full main, win...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

Hello World! Day 6 passed by o so slowly like the average boat speed today, what cannot have been more then 2 to 3 knots, not completely true, but you always remember the worst bit. This ‘worst bit’ was the bit of about 2 hours just before sunset were the wind indicator told us there was only 0.1 knots of w...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry-Londonderry-Doire!  Today began quite promisingly but has gone slowly downhill since! Our Sat phone rang early on and on answering had a bewildered Patrick from Old Pulteney asking how we had gone from being practically side by side to 30 miles in front in the space of 6 hours. ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

 'All Right'. We hit the Ocean Sprint running with good boat speed and high hopes under full mainsail, Yankee 1 and staysail. Our heading was due north which gave us the shortest distance to sail across the gate. However within a couple of hours our high hopes had dissolved as the wind died and we were left wallow...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

Slow, slow, slow is all that we can said about the last 24 hours. With very little to no wind we have been hard pushed to keep any boat speed. Mission Performance is around 5 miles in front of us and I set the goal of trying to overtake it but they are drifting just as fast as us. We have made small gains but I think w...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

Well they say that all good things must come to an end and for us it certainly has. We had a great day’s sailing through the Ocean Sprint, looking for most of it like we would set a faster time than Henri Lloyd, but with about 25 miles to run, the squall randomizer found us and unfortunately we were the loser thi...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

Wow - how to find time to write a blog when you are surrounded by squalls, calms, lightning, and crazy Clipper 70 boats trying to run us down. Fair to say it is rather busy onboard Henri Lloyd and we're all knackered.  The problem all stems from the fact that we were in a very tight race for the Ocean Sprint. I th...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 13 DAY 5

29 MAY 2014

"Frustrating Fickle Winds" Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 5. Well progress remains slow. We have 642 miles to go until New York but we are making progress north. The light winds randomiser is in full affect. Our position on the overall leaderboard has fallen though, which was to be expected with t...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 13 DAY 5

29 MAY 2014

Recently we have started moving again but it has been a slow painful day. Often we were only going about one knot and most of that was due to being pushed by a current. We were doing our best in the conditions but still we watched other boats sail around us. It is too early to tell if this current wind will hold and we...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 13 DAY 5

29 MAY 2014

It has been a slow 24 hours racing here on Qingdao.  As well as the rest of the fleet we were hoping for a little more wind out to the west but it just hasn’t happened yet. We have made some gains which is always better than losing a few miles. It’s been very hot and everyone is working the best t...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 13 DAY 5

29 MAY 2014

Morning all! It's been a day of light and fickle winds that said, progress hasn't been too bad although at times it has been a bit stop start. We had a brief period of excitement earlier when we spotted a water spout forming and it began hurtling towards us. I was amazed at how fast it was moving and the 'bow' wave it ...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 13 DAY 5

29 MAY 2014

It has been a long and hot 24 hours since I last wrote. The fleet is still battling its way through this ridge of high pressure that separates the tropical trade winds to the south from the more temperate and the depression driven weather to the north.  The centre of the ridge is overhead at the moment and has g...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 13 DAY 5

29 MAY 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 192. Well what can I say about today?  Not a lot if truth be told, in the last 12 hours we have only covered 18 miles! The wind has been light to no existent all day which has kept progress at a painfully slow minimum.  The ridge of high pressure that is upon us does not se...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 13 DAY 5

29 MAY 2014

Today has simply been quite a beautiful day’s sailing, absolutely clear blue sky and beautiful blue sea, with air temperatures just down enough to mean that below decks has also been a much more pleasant place to be. So, I hear you say, there must be a catch? Well yes of course there is! What is every sailor alwa...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 13 DAY 5

29 MAY 2014

Good morning, well what can I say, another excruciatingly painful 24 hours on board Team Garmin as we struggled to make any progress towards New York. What is even more frustrating is that I do not see how we could of sailed any more miles with the wind that was available it has been mostly below 2 knots with a couple ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 13 DAY 5

29 MAY 2014

It finally happened, or didn’t happen. The wind finally shut down after a morning of steady 8 to 12 knots of wind and consistent speeds reaching up to 10 knots. We had a great 6 hour schedule taking back nearly 20 miles from the lead boat at the time which helped us get as close as 6 miles of sixth position. Th...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 13 DAY 5

29 MAY 2014

Hello world! Day 5 closed and took the wind with her, leaving us with 2 to 3 knots of wind, the only good thing is that the sea flattened and is now looking like a mirror. We slipped a bit in the rankings today because of our excursion to the west, but we hope to find more favourable elements to help us move north. Y...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 13 DAY 5

29 MAY 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! It's been slow day on the progress front with average speed around 3 knots but on the bright side that's infinitely quicker than 0 knots! The breeze is due to fill in a little more in the next few hours so we're primed and ready. As a welcome distraction from fla...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 13 DAY 5

29 MAY 2014

'All Right'. 24 hours on and the wind is still very light and fickle. It comes and goes and we occasionally get little spurts of speed but on the whole we are making painfully slow progress towards New York. We have a full mainsail up and have been alternating between the light weight spinnaker and winds...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

"Peeling good racing"  Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 4. We have about 730 miles to go to the finish line as I write this. The racing has continued to be incredibly close. If you told me 12 months ago that we would be match racing another Clipper 70 a few boat lengths away after hund...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

There was more wind than predicted today, allowing us to make some good progress, then just when I get up to write this blog the wind totally shuts down. The sails are flapping and we've stopped. This has come sooner than expected and well before the forecasted wind shift. GREAT Britain and OneDLL have been on our tail...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

 The sun has been out making it very hot below decks and on deck, but we have had a nice light wind keeping us moving in the right direction. We haven't made any miles on the fleet but we have been tactically placing ourselves for the lighter winds ahead, and we hope we will be able to pick up a little more wind f...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

They say, “Keep your friends close and the competition closer”, that certainly applies today!  The other four boats in our vicinity have been in visual range of each other since the Scoring Gate yesterday, the sun shining off their bright white spinnakers as we push on through a patch of light airs tha...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 191.  'Enough to turn the most saintly of saints in to a sinner' The ridge of high pressure is well and truly upon us!  Today started with boat speeds still planted well in the double figures as we continued to power reach our way north under all our biggest white sails. ...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

Good morning,  Well it has been a tough 24 hours on board Team Garmin, as we have struggled to keep the boat moving in some very fickle light winds, which has seen us lose a lot of miles to all the boats in the fleet over the last few schedules. Worst of all we were in sight of Jamaica Get All Right and saw them s...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

Today has been a surprisingly good sailing day with better wind than expected. We started off under a tight reach with white sails and progressed through to our light weight kite via our windseeker. Sunshine, downwind sailing, kite up, flat water...all that equals a happy crew!  However, it seems it won’t la...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

 It has been all change on the good ship GREAT Britain. We have changed our dancing partner from Switzerland to OneDLL and our sail plan from fixed to loose luff sails. In general have had a really excellent 24 hours sailing in glorious sunny weather, that was until five minutes ago when I started to write my blog...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

Hello world! Sailing day 4 just slipped by and we are sailing in overdrive. We are half way through this race mileage wise, and still neck on neck with our nearest competitors and good friends Derry~Londonderry~Doire, who are only a mile away. Henri Lloyd is still in the lead and OneDLL and GREAT Britain are following,...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire!  Another long, hot day in paradise! We managed to average 6 to 7 knots during the lighter breeze this morning which was marginally better than expected. With kite up a small increase in wind speed has allowed us to average 9 knots for several hours now but I f...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

'All Right'. As per the forecast the wind has indeed gone very light and from behind making for slow progress. Our current sail plan is full mainsail and lightweight spinnaker and despite the conditions we have managed to extend our lead on Team Garmin to approximately nine miles. This is a slightly more comfortable po...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

"What a race" Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 3. What a race! Well the racing has been close and fierce. I am sure those of you casually following the tracker at home are aware of this. GREAT Britain and Switzerland elected to leave the Acklins and Crooked Island to starboard while ourselves Old Pul...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

We had a nice kite run through the Bahamas today, culminating in crossing the Scoring Gate just after dark. We're grateful for the position of this Scoring Gate as the wind is due to shut off not far to the north and a general restart could seem likely as we all park up together for a while.  Today was a nice chan...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

It’s been a great easy 24 hours of sailing for Qingdao. We have been racing under Yankee 1, full main staysail and are now reaching along at around 10 knots speed over ground (SOG).  We are taking the same route most of the other yachts have taken north, but sadly we haven't gained any miles on the fleet yet...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

Morning all! It's been a cracking day’s sailing out here in the sunny Bahamas. As soon as we rounded our mark off Crooked Island we bore away and hoisted our medium weight kite. We had a brilliant 12 hours or so of average speeds of 12 to 14 knots with the wind just forward of the beam. About an hour ago the wind...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 190.  'Fast and free'  It’s been a good day for boat speed aboard Invest Africa, but it’s also been a good day for boat speed for the rest of the fleet.  This has seen a mixed bag of modest gains and losses on the schedules and the split of the fleet as we ma...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

Today was a special day on board the good ship GREAT Britain, it was my birthday and a really lovely day it was too. It all started just after midnight when I popped up on deck after finishing yesterday’s blog, to be greeted by a chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’ from the on watch before I retired for the ev...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

Good morning!   Well it has been a very frustrating 24 hours for Team Garmin, where we have seen our position fall down the leaderboard and I really cannot work out why. We have been sailing, the boat very well in my opinion and have not made any mistakes in the evolutions we have carried out yet we are losin...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

It has been a very smooth day sailing on board PSP Logistics today. After rounding the Virtual Mark in the Windward Passage last night, the wind veered a little more into the east south east as we bore away to a northerly course, allowing us to have a very fast night averaging about 11 knots. It was a very welcome reli...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

Hello world! Day 3 has passed, with great joy as  we set up a good fight with our friends of OneDLL and Derry~ Londonderry ~Doire for the precious points of the Scoring Gate, with Henri Lloyd firmly in the lead. It seems only the points for second and third place where left, after hours off juggling around we ende...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire,  The Grange Hotels Trophy race has been neck and neck since the starting gun. We've been battling it out last night and today with Old Pulteney and OneDLL. Each boat has taken turns to share the lead and it's been fractions of a knot here and there. After work...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

'All Right'. As I write this blog we have Team Garmin just 100 metres away on our starboard beam. We managed to pull ahead of them this morning and have had a lead of up to 0.8 of a mile but over the course of the last couple of hours they have managed to catch us despite our best efforts to keep them at bay. We are as...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

Today's race has taken us through the Bahamas and the decision of which pass to take through the island chain was always going to be a nerve-racking one. Make the wrong call and you end up becalmed or with difficult winds.  In the end we chose the Crooked Island Passage, passing to the west of the island.  Th...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 13 DAY 2

26 MAY 2014

Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 2. Well what intense racing it has been over the last 24 hours. We managed to get ahead of our good rivals Derry~Londonderry~Doire earlier today but a wind shift that occurred while we were changing a headsail cost us dearly and we are now back behind them. "Big Blue"...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 13 DAY 2

26 MAY 2014

Day 2 The fleet has passed out of the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti and everyone is so close together. Boats have now turned off their AIS transponders and as it is also dark it is really hard to tell where everyone is or which light belongs to which boat. This is one of the tightest races yet and any team co...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 13 DAY 2

26 MAY 2014

This is now becoming a theme as we race the other yachts upwind. Since we got the rig fixed in Hong Kong we have been having problems with upwind speed like the other yachts, and again we found ourselves alongside GREAT Britain and Switzerland. Again we watched as they sailed higher and fast then us and we lost lead to...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 13 DAY 2

26 MAY 2014

To a sailor like me, a part of the route entitled Windward Passage does not appeal.   Nor to Heidi (our nickname for the boat) who is not a big fan of going upwind, but will go begrudgingly if asked nicely.  The 50 mile wide gap between Cuba and Haiti has undoubtedly been called that for many, many years...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 13 DAY 2

26 MAY 2014

Well our struggle for speed continues. It has been a day of ups and downs, at one point we had reduced the gap to the lead boat to around two miles, but as I write, some six hours later, that gap has opened out again to around six miles or maybe even a little more. We have spent much of the day on the wind heading for ...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 13 DAY 2

26 MAY 2014

Good morning,  Well, firstly I apologise for missing the first report from this race. After a very restful stopover in Jamaica the full on pressure of Race Start day took its toll on me. I was up from 0600 UTC and stayed on watch right through till early evening.  The racing was so close I did not want to mi...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 13 DAY 2

26 MAY 2014

Today had a little bit of everything, and it isn’t over yet! We have enjoyed rather easy conditions since leaving Jamaica. Today saw the fleet matching each other tack for tack. The fleet wasn’t making many gains, but then again, not many losses either. The fleet is still quite tight as we beat up to the Wi...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 13 DAY 2

26 MAY 2014

Hello world! Day 2 of the race from Jamaica to New York is already  very exciting and with different tactics. We made the decision to stay on the east side of the track, where it seemed that the current was more favourable. It worked out reasonably well, with the first schedule placing us back in sixth or seventh ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 13 DAY 2

26 MAY 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire!  It's been a pretty good day aboard beating towards the Windward Passage Virtual Mark. As we approached the passage between Cuba and Haiti, the breeze built sufficiently to warrant a headsail change and eventually a reef in the main. Earlier in the day we prol...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 13 DAY 2

26 MAY 2014

'All Right'. We have made it through the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti and are now on a northerly heading which will take us to the west of Great Inagua Island. We are now making excellent progress on a close reach which is a lot more pleasant than the last couple of days of beating upwind have been. At the l...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 13 DAY 2

26 MAY 2014

Morning all! Well it's been a very upwind day and the fleet has pretty much been within visual sight of everybody else. We didn't come out so good on the tacking though and have slipped a few spaces down the board. Other than life being reasonably uncomfortable there hasn't been much of note going on. The only slightly...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 13 DAY 1

25 MAY 2014

Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 1. Well a big thank you must go to Jamaica; they definitely allowed us to "Get all right"! It has been one of the most refreshing stopovers of the entire race for me and the crew of OneDLL. The people were very welcoming and helpful.  It was great to see my famil...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 13 DAY 1

25 MAY 2014

Race 13 got under way this afternoon with a good easterly breeze getting us away in good speed. We got around the turning mark in the top group so we were pleased we got away clean and can focus on beating upwind towards the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti. Earlier on the breeze allowed us to sail the direct ro...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 13 DAY 1

25 MAY 2014

This has been one of our longer stopovers with the crew taking in Jamaican lifestyle, from the food to the street parties. Every Jamaican we met would always go out of their way to be helpful.  We are now close reaching towards the Windward Passage which is the only route north for us heading between Cuba and Hait...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 13 DAY 1

25 MAY 2014

Morning all, after a brilliant stopover in Jamaica we have hit the road running again. Our start was really good and we ended up third around the first mark. The sailing is remaining pretty tight with already a bit of a split to the fleet. The wind has been surprisingly good as in the forecast it has it looking decided...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 13 DAY 1

25 MAY 2014

It has been a great stopover in Jamaica, a proper holiday-style stopover at last!  Thanks to the team at the Errol Flynn Marina for making it all happen, the Jamaica Tourist Board for their support and all the people we met who were super friendly!  With our second podium of the race to collect at the Appleto...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 13 DAY 1

25 MAY 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 188.  We are back on our way again after a very relaxing stopover in Jamaica.  This morning saw us preparing to for Race 13 with the day starting at a very Jamaican 10am. In some ports race start morning has involved the crew having to be on board as early as 5am so a chilled...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 13 DAY 1

25 MAY 2014

After a fantastic stop in Jamaica at 1830 UTC we were underway in Race 13 and on our way to New York. The weather looks set to make this a tight and difficult race, with little room for tactical gain and the first 12 hours have certainly lived up to that expectation. We started in a gentle breeze and decided not to m...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 13 DAY 1

25 MAY 2014

After a great stopover, with much R&R needed by all we are all back in business!  Race start day was your typical hustle and bustle down at the marina, this time combined with a nice tropical thunderstorm. It wasn’t very motivating hearing the thunder and the torrential rain smash down on the roof and a ...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 13 DAY 1

25 MAY 2014

Hello world! Back on the water again, day 1 after a great stopover in Jamaica. I would like to thank all the people who helped on this stopover, and for the abundant hospitality they gave us. It was really enjoyable and a true rest point. On the other hand it is good we left again, because the Jamaican mentality makes ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 13 DAY 1

25 MAY 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire!  And we're off again! Race 13 of 16 from Port Antonio in north east Jamaica to New York, approximately 1400 miles taking us between Cuba and Haiti, the Bahamas, then due north to New York.  We had a great send off from the Errol Flynn Marina with a brass ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 13 DAY 1

25 MAY 2014

'All Right'. We are on our way again on race 13 from Jamaica to New York after a fantastic stopover at the Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio, Jamaica. The people of Jamaica have been incredibly hospitable and friendly towards all the teams but especially towards the crew of Jamaica Get All Right. We truly feel like we...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 13, THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY: RACE START

24 MAY 2014

We are looking forward to this race. Race 13 is unlucky for some but lucky for others. We’re looking forward to putting in another good crack at it. I suspect we will see more than our fair share of weather systems that will hinder our progress to New York. By that I mean light airs and headwinds, and those are t...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 13, THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY: RACE START

24 MAY 2014

It’s not really been about prepping here for this race, it has been about resting and getting ready for Race 13. This is a race where you really have to just see what you get. It is hard to overplan this one. We’ve just got to have the boat ready. We’re not really changing much, just got to get out th...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 13, THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY: RACE STAR...

24 MAY 2014

We have had a fantastic stopover here in Jamaica. The crew are well rested and the boat is in good condition. We didn't think we got the result we deserved in the last race so we are going to try as hard as always to get ourselves a podium and get ourselves up the leaderboard. We are hoping for nice reaching conditions...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 13, THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY: RACE START

24 MAY 2014

We’ve had a lot of rest in Jamaica so I think the first day back on the water is going to be a bit of a shock to the system. The team have all been enjoying some relaxation. I’ve been here a few times on the race and this stopover has been perhaps the most relaxed time I’ve had here in Jamaica and tha...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 13, THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY: RACE STAR...

24 MAY 2014

Preps for Race 13 to New York have been going pretty well. We’ve just been doing the last finishing touches on the boat yesterday. Course wise it all looks pretty straight forward, up through the Bahamas and out so looking forward to that and it should be a relatively easy run up. I think the crew are ready to go...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 13, THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY: RACE STA...

24 MAY 2014

We’re feeling pretty good. We had Greg North, from the Clipper Race maintenance team on board earlier, tweaking the rig and I took the boat out sailing and she seems to be going to windward a lot better. That definitely didn’t help us in the last race so it seems we’ve got the boat back to speed, th...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 13, THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY: ...

24 MAY 2014

I don’t think I want to leave Jamaica, it has been too good. It's been a little bit wet as it's their rainy season of course but it hasn’t supressed the feeling that I have for Jamaica. It's beautiful here. People are very nice and everyone at the Errol Flynn Marina have been very welcoming and good to us b...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 13, THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY: RACE STAR...

24 MAY 2014

It is a bit sad to be leaving Jamaica tomorrow. We’ve been really well looked after, a great stopover with great hospitality. We’ve done lots of things here. Yesterday the Jamaica Tourist Board took the whole crew out for the day to Dolphin Cove. We went swimming with dolphins, sharks and stingrays. It was ...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 13, THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY: RACE START

24 MAY 2014

It is going to be important about when we get into the Gulf Stream on this one, and trying to hit the right balance of getting in early but not going for it so early so that we don’t end up doing unnecessary miles. Obviously the last couple of race results have been a bit disappointing for us so we’re all...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 13, THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY: RACE STAR...

24 MAY 2014

We’ve been in Port Antonio almost a week now and the hospitality has been great, as with all our stopovers but having time to make the most of it here has been the main difference and the crew have really enjoyed it. Hopefully they feel well rested. I know there have been a few parties here and most people have t...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 13, THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY: RACE START...

24 MAY 2014

We’ve had a great stay in Jamaica and all of the crew have managed to have a few days off to rest and enjoy everything that Jamaica has to offer. They crew have spent the last few days resting, so I’m hoping that they will come back refreshed and ready for Race 13 to New York. New York is like a second home...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 13, THE GRANGE HOTELS TROPHY: RACE START

24 MAY 2014

We’re going into Race 13 feeling pretty confident after the last race here. Lots of discussions and team meeting about how we’re going to conduct ourselves, we really want a competitive race for this one. Upwind sailing is always tougher than the downwind stuff but we’re well prepared for that menta...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 12 DAY 4

18 MAY 2014

Morning all, well I am sure along with skippers Pete Stirling, Rich Gould and Sean McCarter I am beyond frustrated at the moment. We currently lie 16 miles from the finish line with the most fickle winds I think we have encountered so far in the whole race around the world. The wind is light and shifting all the time m...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 12 DAY 4

18 MAY 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 187. Well it happened; the wind has deserted us less than 20 miles from the finish line.  We are wallowing around with the main sail bashing relentlessly from one side to the other and the windseeker that we have just hoisted is barely managing to stay filled. Today has been a rea...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 12 DAY 4

18 MAY 2014

'All Right'. This will be a very short blog as we are only two miles from the finish line and I need to be on deck. Suffice to say it has been a shocker of a race for us. For a while it looked like we may finish in last place but we have managed to pull ahead of Mission Performance and Invest Africa putting us in tenth...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 12 REPORT

18 MAY 2014

As ever when Henri Lloyd and ourselves get together, it’s very tight racing. We pipped them round the rounding mark at the right hand corner of Eastern Jamaica. We got in there by 0.7 of a mile so we led them all the way down the coast. They were to be fair to them chopping away slightly so by the time we got ...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 12 REPORT

18 MAY 2014

So for many races now, we have been back and forth with GREAT Britain and you could just see how many points could be won or lost by just a few seconds. It would have been tough to have lose to GREAT Britain again, three times in a row. It certainly feels like a bit of redemption for us this time.  We were...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 12 REPORT

18 MAY 2014

Last time we won a podium place was in Brisbane where we won the race unexpectedly. The crew couldn’t throw me in the water there because there were crocodiles there but they had their retaliation here tonight when we arrived into Port Antonip. We’re really really chuffed. It is a relief to know we are mor...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 12 REPORT

18 MAY 2014

We were close to getting our first podium place today. I thought we were going to make it and we just had to put one tack in. It didn't quite happen but we’ll keep on trying. The team is getting better and more confident with each leg so we’ll keep trying.  Hopefully in New York we’ll be on the p...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 12 REPORT

18 MAY 2014

We had a fantastic Le Mans start. We were out of the blocks like a 100m runner and gone in 60 seconds. It was very good for a few days but we took a bit of a risk to stay on the west side of the track. We should have tacked a little earlier and stayed in the centre of the pack on the lay line, of course we didn’t...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 12 REPORT

18 MAY 2014

Race 12 was good, it was hard. Being upwind the whole way, tactically it was very hard to pick which line to tack on but we really stuck to our guns with our plans. What really came about for us was last night and today where we managed to stay a little more on course than the leading boats did and they had to tack out...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 12 REPORT

18 MAY 2014

It’s not our best result, seventh so we’ve had two seventh place finishes now, obviously it’s not in line with our previous form so we’re a bit upset about that but you know what? The racing was really close. We had about four or five teams on the horizon with three on the horizon behind us as w...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 12 REPORT

18 MAY 2014

It was an interesting start out of Panama, a Le Mans start. Obviously we’ve done a few of those now so we’re well practiced and everyone knew what they were doing. We tacked off early straight away and we knew from the start that with the direction of the north easterlies, heading to east first would be the...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 12 REPORT

18 MAY 2014

Race 12 was a lot tougher than expected. We were looking forward to a two or three day hop across the Caribbean but I think it was a lot harder than everybody expected. It was upwind, it was quite bouncy for the first couple of days which isn’t very comfortable. It was quite difficult all round. Tactically there ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 12 REPORT

18 MAY 2014

For the first few hours, we were doing quite well then we lost our upwind boat speed and we had to take a tack out east to lay our course for Jamaica, and we couldn't get back on track. So we took a bigger tack out east and we did actually get a nicer wind angle all the way into Jamaica that way. We were in last place ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 12 REPORT

18 MAY 2014

Race 12 was a short race in duration but felt like one of the longest races so far really. Just constantly on the wind on the way up, tacking with the fleet. We fought hard around the East coast of Jamaica. The forecast had the winds keeping in a fairly north easterly direction so we were anticipating a nice bear away,...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 12 REPORT

18 MAY 2014

Every time we looked at tacking over, the wind just came round just enough to tempt us into staying on making tack. As it turns out we wound up yesterday falling about six miles short of clearing the eastern most point of Jamaica. We put in a few short tacks to clear the end there and made some really good miles on Mis...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 12 DAY 3

17 MAY 2014

"Practice makes perfect" Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 4. We currently have 88 miles to go to the first waypoint of Morant Light. So let’s not beat around the bush, things are not going to plan. The left hand side of the course not only has a better wind angle but must also have better wind ...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 12 DAY 3

17 MAY 2014

Today has not gone our way with lighter and more variable winds than expected. The last schedule was particularly poor and it's not likely that this next one will be much better. We've got 80 miles to the corner, which with luck we may just lay on this tack. We did put in a couple of short tacks in today as a squall cl...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 12 DAY 3

17 MAY 2014

We just can’t seem to get Qingdao moving today. After catching up a little overnight we sailed into a rain cloud or as it passed over us the wind stops. We had boat speeds of around 2 knots for 45 minutes whist other yachts keen their speed. The rest of the day we have been fighting to gain back the lost miles. W...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 12 DAY 3

17 MAY 2014

Morning all, it's been a fairly straightforward 24 hours with little change. Early this morning we tacked over for a few hours to get a bit of easterly progress early. Our westerly position meant that we were unable to make course and were unlikely to do so before hitting Jamaica so I decided to take the hit early. We ...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 12 DAY 3

17 MAY 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 187. Today has been much the same as yesterday in that we are still on a starboard tack hard on the breeze and we are still wanting and needing a bit more of a veer in the wind. As we have moved north the breeze has come round a little but the further north we go the more we need the b...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 12 DAY 3

17 MAY 2014

As another 24 hours of upwind sailing pass the tension builds as the fleet starts to re-converge as we approach the eastern tip of Jamaica. With a little over 80 miles until we reach our turning point at Morant Light the tension is building. We have had a good day  and have been making progress up the leaderboard ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 12 DAY 3

17 MAY 2014

What close racing! Although there is a little spread, the distance to finishes are all starting to even out. This will be a great finish. As I am sure with all crews on this last night, it is peddle down, weight up, taking every lift you can get to avoid a fatal tack around the point at the last minute. GREAT Brit...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 12 DAY 3

17 MAY 2014

The wind has freed off for us over the past 24 hours, meaning that it is no longer coming from in front and has moved a little to the side, allowing us to reach a bit more than beat which has really helped our boat speed. The tough slog of having sought the easterly route early in seems to be paying a little back at la...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 12 DAY 3

17 MAY 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! Today it seems the answer as to whether or not to go east is being answered. Unfortunately for us the answer seems to be yes and we are still one of the most westerly boats. As I type, there is still a reasonable chance we will make the eastern point of Jamaica wit...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 12 DAY 3

17 MAY 2014

Hello world!Another day closer to Jamaica. When I write this it's 23:40 and we are 89 milesaway from the way point south east of the island, Morant Light. We have to steer a course of 038 T. That is just not doable, meaning we have a choice of pinching (heading up very close to the wind, not be able to use the full pot...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

"Seeking the Answer" Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 2. Well we continue to make good progress to Jamaica. This has been a rather frustrating race for us as we seem to be a little bit slow on some of the other yachts. Despite trying different sail plans and regularly checking the trim we are just th...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 186. Well there is not a lot to report today, everything is pretty much the same as yesterday. We are still hard on the wind, and still want the wind to veer a little to allow us to make the eastern end of Jamaica.  We have had reef 1 in and out a few times but that’s about ...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

Good morning. Well it has been a good 24 hours on Team Garmin with all the crew working hard at keeping the boat driving as fast as possible sailing close hauled towards Jamaica. We have been waiting for the forecast wind shift that will lift us towards our correct heading but it is starting to test our nerve and patie...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

Hello everyone. Today has been much like yesterday, as I am sure it was the same with the other skippers. The major question has been whether to tack to the east and suffer with a lack of miles made good to the finish in order to "put some money" in the bank on clearing east end of Jamaica, or holding steady, keep sail...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

Hello world! Racing day 2 of Race 12 in Leg 7, 250 miles to go to the next waypoint. That's all the numbers done. We have been sailing on the same tack the whole day and the the wind has risen and dropped throughout. Last night we arrived behind OneDLL and Derry~Londonderry~Doire on the line of boats on the way to Jama...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

Good morning Sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! We've had a reasonable day with good progress made but are still praying for the wind to veer by another 10 to 15 degrees. At the moment, we're down to just two other boats on AIS (Automatic Identification System); Old Pulteney 3.5 miles to our north east and OneDL...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

It’s the second day in now and we're starting to find our rhythm, no longer getting knocked about by every other wave. Typing this email is still pretty challenging and I keep being sent back into the leeward bunk. I think I'm being told to get more sleep. Not that it is easy with the hatches closed - it is prett...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

To tack or not to tack towards the east is the question that must be on the minds of most of the skippers today. The wind is still coming from the north east so we can’t make the COG (Course Over Ground) needed to make the eastern point of Jamaica. With the miles to finish now under 300 it may come down to who ta...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

So, we have had 24 hours of slow hut reasonable progress, still sailing hard on the wind and still watching the distance to finish drop at an unfashionably slow pace. It does however feel that the group, including ourselves, that broke away to the east are not fairing particularly well as we seem to be getting a slight...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

'All Right'. Unfortunately we seem unable to maintain the same upwind boat speed as the rest of the fleet and as a result have slipped down to last place. However all is not lost as we still have 300 miles to go to the eastern tip of Jamaica then a further 25 miles to the finish line off Port Antonio. I fully expect th...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

Morning all! Today has seen slightly cooler temperatures due to a fair bit of cloud cover meaning that life below is a little more bearable. Although the wind has started to shift, we are still tight on the wind and are still not quite making course. For the first 24 hours of this race we specialised our drivers a bit,...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

Hello from onboard Heidi (the nickname for our yacht).  Just to update the regular readers, the satellite systems are a bit intermittent at present with this hot and bouncy weather so apologies if Switzerland's blogs don't make it for the daily email but they will all be available on the website as ...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

Race 12 from Panama to Jamaica got underway this morning. We left Shelter Cove Marina last night and motored to a rendezvous point for a Le Mans start at dawn. Panama was a brief but enjoyable pit stop. We had one night on the Pacific side at Flamenco Marina before transiting the canal with a further two nights on the ...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

"Tippy Tippy squeezy squeezy" Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 2. Well the one tack wonder to Jamaica certainly has not happened. A developing low pressure to the north of the Bahamas has caused the pressure gradient to be much more easterly than it can be, however there is also a low centred over th...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

Morning all! It's good to be back in the Atlantic again. We had a lovely little pit stop in Panama and an easy transit through the canal. We were part of the last batch of three boats to go through which meant that as soon as we had completed our transit we motored overnight to join the rest of the fleet for our Le Man...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

The race started yesterday morning at first light and we drew the third spot in the Le Mans style line up, not bad, sandwiched between Henri Lloyd and GREAT Britain.  We had a good headsail hoist start and managed to keep our distance over GREAT Britain after a hank came off on their sails but Henri Lloyd got thei...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

Following our tip through the Panama Canal, we rendezvoused with the rest of the fleet and at 07:05 local time we were off and running in Race 12, on our way to Jamaica. The weather forecast is unfortunately far from ideal and it looks like we will spend a fair bit of this race beating to windward before the wind final...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

The Le Mans start this morning went well, the team did a good job of getting our sailing up and set nice and quickly which allowed us to pull away from the boats on either side of us. It’s all getting a bit tactical out here now as we can’t yet quite lay a course that will see us clear the eastern end of Ja...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

Hello world! Race day 1, of our sprint to Jamaica, with 440 miles to go – we should be there in no time. After transiting the canal we stayed in Shelter Cove Marina on the west side of the Caribbean entrance to the canal. We had a very friendly welcome from the harbour master and were also made very welcome ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! It amazing to think we are well into Race 12, even more so as we only started it 14 hours ago! The distance from our Le Mans start 30 miles off the Panamanian coast at 0705 local time Wednesday morning to Port Antonio, Jamaica is less than 550 miles. This pales in ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

'All Right'. After motoring overnight the Le Mans start with all twelve boats got under way at 07:05 local time (12:05 UTC) this morning. It wasn't our finest ever Le Mans start as we had a couple of things go wrong. However we didn't lose too much time and have been holding our own at the front end of the fleet ever s...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

Good morning. Well after a few days rest in Panama we are racing again, and it has come as a bit of a shock after the comfortable downwind leg from San Francisco to Panama with the boat relatively flat and the sea smooth. We have been sailing hard on the wind into winds gusting up to 20 knots and a fairly sizeable sea,...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

Yet again we are back racing after a very quick transit of the canal. We set out motoring north east for the Le Mans start. We were at the leeward end and all 12 yachts got off the line fast towards the north. Around 10 minutes after the start we tacked over to the east and have been working the wind shifts trying to g...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 12 SPIRIT OF JAMAICA CHASE START

15 MAY 2014

For us the canal transit started very early indeed, slipping lines and saying goodbye to Flamenco Marina at 06:00 local time. We were the last group in the fleet to go through the canal and transited in company with was Invest Africa and Mission Performance. I must confess after all the hype I had heard ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 12, THE SPIRIT OF JAMAICA CHASE RACE ST...

14 MAY 2014

'All Right'. After the long motor from the finish line of Race 11 to Flamenco Marina in Balboa, Panama it was great to enjoy the pleasures of civilisation again. Being one of the first boats to arrive we were in the first group of boats to go through the canal. So after 36 hours in harbour we departed the marina at 06:...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 12, THE SPIRIT OF JAMAICA CHAS...

14 MAY 2014

On the 12 of May we were booked for the canal crossing, Our 'Navigator' (the nickname of our ship) was measured and proven to be fine to execute the canal transfer. Six boats where planned  to go through the canal that day –OneDLL, Jamaica Get All Right and  Team Garmin was...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 12, THE SPIRIT OF JAMAICA CHASE RACE STAR...

14 MAY 2014

The Panama Canal transit will be one of the highlights of Leg 7 and an experience we will all remember.  We went in convoy with PSP Logistics and Qingdao, making up a small proportion of the 40 or so ships that pass through in any one day.  The transit took us around nine hours to complete the&...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 12, THE SPIRIT OF JAMAICA CHASE RACE STAR...

14 MAY 2014

The canal transit was a great experience and lived up to expectations. We had a wonderful pilot Elliot who told us so much about the canal so we really felt that we learned a lot. Once we got into the lake the heavens opened up in an almighty deluge that we got the full rainforest experience. We got out into the Caribb...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 12, THE SPIRIT OF JAMAICA CHASE RACE ST...

14 MAY 2014

Derry~Londonderry~Doire passed safely through the Panama Canal on 11 May. The crew thoroughly enjoyed the chance to experience one of the seven wonders of the engineering world first hand. After all the blue ocean we've covered it is quite surreal to be motoring through a tropical jungle in muddy waters passing 10...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 12 SPIRIT OF JAMAICA CHASE START

14 MAY 2014

 This was the second time I have transited the Panama Canal with the Clipper Race and we made it through in one day getting to the first lock around 11am and the last lock at 18.00. The sun was out most of the day and we had a very good pilot on-board telling us all about the history of the Canal over the pas...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 12 SPIRIT OF JAMAICA CHASE START

14 MAY 2014

"Numbers out of a hat"  Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 1. Well this should be a short sharp race. With steady trade wind sailing conditions it is all going to be about sail trim and making small gains on the rest of the fleet, where you can. A good headsail change here or the shake out of a re...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 12 SPIRIT OF JAMAICA CHASE START

14 MAY 2014

We had missed most squalls on the way down from San Francisco, but five miles out from the marina, the heavens opened and the strobe show switched on! The last thunderstorm utterly drenched us!!  We finally tied up at around 1.30am.  We had a pretty busy next with final little jobs such as victualling, refuel...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 11 DAY 19

08 MAY 2014

"Clipper Race Come Dine with Me" Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 20. Well when I say sailing I actually mean motor sailing. We are making best speed to Porto Golfito, where we intend to pick up some fuel before pressing on to Panama. We have been in convoy with Switzerland, Derry~Londonderry~Doire a...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 11 DAY 19

08 MAY 2014

Well in the end we ended up in ninth place which is where we were when we went to head inland to  try something different, so we didn't lose any more places by try it. We also didn’t gain any places but it was very close. We sailed around 150 miles more to get to the Remedios line which was short of the Fara...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 11 DAY 19

08 MAY 2014

Morning all! Well we have been busy little bees on board Mission Performance. Yesterday saw us start a busy maintenance schedule whereby we managed to crack quite a lot of our routine maintenance such as servicing all the winches and blocks, checking our running rigging for signs of wear and tear, as well as servicing ...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 11 DAY 19

08 MAY 2014

We are en route to Golfito Bay, Costa Rica, where we plan to refuel in order to continue to make best speeds towards Panama.  OneDLL and Old Pulteney are in convoy too so it's been good to chat with them over the radio and the sight of them is ever familiar to us now. The team today have been busy on the jobs list...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 11 DAY 19

08 MAY 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 182, towing day 1! Less than an hour ago we successfully rendezvoused with Mission Performance. Throughout the day myself and skipper of Mission Performance, Matt Mitchell have been in communication and decided that the best course of action was to set up a tow between the two boats in...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 11 DAY 19

08 MAY 2014

Good morning, we are carefully making our way directly to Panama, which is only about 310 miles away. We are sailing alongside Jamaica Get All Right who decided to make way directly to Panama rather than diverting to Costa Rica to re-fuel. We have been sailing this afternoon and this evening in a gentle breeze, which h...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 11 DAY 19

08 MAY 2014

Hello world!We are currently in the motoring stage. This gives us time for enough night time rest, maintenance and fun and games, like a radio quiz with other Clipper Race boats in the area like One DLL, Derry~Londonderry~Doire and Switzerland. One DLL won the quiz tonight. Also we rendez voused with Derry~Londonderry~...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 11 DAY 19

08 MAY 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! My last blog was written four hours before the finish and if I'm being honest, from the depths of despair! We'd had very little wind, averaging just 2 to 3 knots boat speed and assumed OneDLL, Switzerland and Old Pulteney were experiencing the same conditions. We w...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 11 DAY 18

07 MAY 2014

Team Switzerland did indeed finish Race 11 yesterday, in eighth place. We feel like fallen angels today, it’s been a bitter pill for the team to swallow.  The final 120 miles of the race saw us drop like a stone through the rankings as the grip of the Doldrums took its toll.  Hope was raised t...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 11 DAY 18

07 MAY 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 181. Last night after being contacted by the Race Office, the team and I made the difficult decision, the decision that we have had to make once before and the one that I hoped we would never have to make again.  The decision to accept twelfth place and turn on the engine. As is t...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 11 DAY 18

07 MAY 2014

Morning, I think I have recovered now after the finish of this race. Myself and the crew of Team Garmin worked as hard as we could to get on the podium and it was all looking really good as we were pulling away from Jamaica Get All Right. The latest schedule showed us in third position, but as we approached the finish ...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 11 DAY 18

07 MAY 2014

Hello world! Well here we are, officially finished and we ended up being fifth in this thrilling ride south. This leg is called the pleasure leg and with the wind and weather we had so far it feels like it as well. Starting off with a beautiful departure from San Francisco Bay, slowly seeing the bridge go out of sight,...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 18. Well, this should be my last blog while we are racing. We are currently approximately 20 miles from the finish line doing about 7 to 8 knots. We have made some good gains on the guys ahead of us because we took a more northerly route. However, it may be too little...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

We are still racing - or trying to - in again very light airs.  We  sail more backwards than forwards towards the line. I have just come off deck where the on watch team are privy to a massive thunder and lightning show. It is one of the largest I have seen at sea so this leg is still providing us with new th...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

Morning all, it's been a slow day today with both watches working indefatigably from start to finish of each and every watch. There have been little teasers of wind, a few squall clouds, as well as an abundance of wildlife. The wind has been fickle and every so often would increase a little, enough to warrant a change ...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

I cannot believe that we are still trying to cross the 120 mile gap to the final finish line.  This is my second blog from this part of the course and with 17 miles left to go, a boat speed of 0.0 and not a cloud in sight, it may not be my last blog!  The gentle winds that gave us slow but steady progress ove...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 180.  It's been another slow, slow day aboard Invest Africa.  The wind speed has not broken the double figure mark once.  It has come close a couple of times, close enough to warrant a call of Yankee 1 and staysail up and windseeker down.  The lack of wind has meant...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

What can I say, yet another absolute nail bighting finish! After leading the pack for the majority of the race, our Nemesis Henri Lloyd fought back hard to pip us through the Remedios gate yesterday, triggering the fight back of the century on board GREAT Britain as we made for the finish line. The team worked tireless...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

I will keep this one short today as it is a pretty thundery and squally night. Qingdao has sailed beautifully today in the light weather and managed to position themselves to windward of us and have been covering us all afternoon. It was a very frustrating day. We had decent progress until midnight last night, and th...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

Hello world!  We just crossed the finish!  The last days have been very intense. At the moment the finish had been announced, we doubled the effort to finish as quickly as possible, before our nearest rivals Derry ~Londonderry ~Doire and Switzerland. Not an easy task when the boat speed plummeted to 0.5 knots...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

We often struggle to find pace in the final stages of races. This one was different and we held the top 3 positions for 95 percent of the race. Then in the final 115 miles we've managed to drop from third to eighth. Through no fault of the crew who have put their hearts and souls into it, we've watched boats 10 to 15 m...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

'All Right'. As you will now be aware we have finished Race 11 and are now motor sailing on the 800 mile passage to Panama. We finished at 20:44 UTC last night in a very credible third place which, after our recent run of misfortune, is an excellent result and demonstrates the great tenacity of this team to make such a...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 11, DAY 16

05 MAY 2014

Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 17. We are now trying to conclude our race. The wind has been exceedingly light and fickle, changing direction and strength regularly which makes it hard to steer a regular course. There has been a distinct drop in the amount of squalls today as well. It is rather ama...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 11, DAY 16

05 MAY 2014

Such a contrast comparing today to yesterday. Yesterday was all about squalls, whereas as I write this now there is hardly a cloud in the sky. Alas hardly a breath on the water either, we could desperately do with a squall or two. After three potential finish lines, the final finish line has been set and we are about 7...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 11, DAY 16

05 MAY 2014

Yet again we find ourselves searching for wind after a very good run over night and this morning as we get closer to the finish line, the wind has gone. With 85 miles to run until the final gate it may now take days not hours to get there. We are now back to full main and sails. The heat and lack of wind can be seen on...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 11, DAY 16

05 MAY 2014

The wind was dying off as we tried to get through the third gate of the race, with every tack it dropped another knot and Heidi (the nickname for our boat) really felt her 50 tons. We eventually crossed yesterday evening, just after Old Pulteney and Derry~Londonderry~Doire. Once we crossed we also received the new...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 11, DAY 16

05 MAY 2014

Morning all! Well it turned out to be a very long night indeed last night as we zipped through nature’s theatre in the sky.   The deep sullen flashes of lightning lighting up the towering giants from deep within, looking like some raging ships battle was going on while we skirted the edges like a powder monk...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 11, DAY 16

05 MAY 2014

So today’s word of the day just has to be Boobies. OK, stop the sniggering, I know what you are thinking, but I am not talking about the kind of boobies that you see on the top shelf of your local newsagent, but the feathered kind. Now I know I mentioned the other day that I am certainly no ornithologist, but the...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 11, DAY 16

05 MAY 2014

Well as predicted, as the day went on the breeze dropped off, just before day break we shook out a full main and not long after the breakfast watch change we changed back up from the Yankee 2 to the Yankee 1.  As the day has passed by the breeze has also shifted so that it is pretty much coming from exactly where ...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 11, DAY 16

05 MAY 2014

Well we are almost there. After all the suspense and indecision over tactical decisions, the Race Office sent an email to the fleet today letting us all know the official finish line for this race. It has been causing us a lot of concern as we invested heavily earlier in the race by heading east, which cost us mileage ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 11, DAY 16

05 MAY 2014

Like most good things, they do come to an end. The strong winds that funnel from the Caribbean down through the Gulf of Tehuantepec have abated. It came on fast and left us fast. This morning we were changing up gears from the Yankee 3 and two reefs to full main, staysail and Yankee 1 within one hour.  We have had...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 11, DAY 16

05 MAY 2014

Hello World! Another day has passed and another gate has passed under our keel. The Race Committee has announced the new finish line which is 85 miles away - in a straight line that is. But as usual the finishes of Clipper Races are never straightforward, we are tacking our way towards this line at the moment, making t...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 11, DAY 16

05 MAY 2014

'All Right'. Clipper Race HQ has announced they have shortened the course due to the lack of wind and the need for us to stay on schedule for our Panama Canal transit. A new finish line has been declared, called the Farallones Gate. The eastern end of the gate is in the Golfo de Fonseca in Honduras whilst the western e...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 11, DAY 16

05 MAY 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! After eventually slipping into my bunk last night, resigned to the fact we'd be fifth or even sixth through the third race gate, I was awoken to schedules showing us looking very good for third place. I wasn't sure how this had happened but it seems as though I nee...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 11 DAY 15

04 MAY 2014

Squalls part deux. If I said we had lots of squalls yesterday I must have exaggerated. Today I don't know if we've seen the sky once, it has been one squall after relentless squall. I have spent most of the day totally drenched in only a pair of pants (boxer shorts for the non-Brits) until night fall and it started to ...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 11 DAY 15

04 MAY 2014

We have over 25 knots of wind, two reefs in the main and a staysail. Less than 12 hours ago we had no wind and covered only six miles. That was our window to make gains on the rest of the fleet so we have now missed out. This race has been lots of things but from the start we have had an uphill battle which we have los...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 11 DAY 15

04 MAY 2014

Morning all! Well it's turning out to be quite a cracking sail these past few hours. Out of the 9 knots of wind that we have forecast we are currently enjoying a rather lively 30 knots in a relatively flat sea aglow with phosphorescence and dolphin trails. The down side is that because of said liveliness, all the hatch...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 11 DAY 15

04 MAY 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 178.  Today being sailing day number 178 means that we have now spent half a year at sea since leaving London last September and it really hammers home the fact that the end of this epic adventure is really not that far away. The breeze that built yesterday evening has, as expecte...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 11 DAY 15

04 MAY 2014

Deep frustration is the only word I can use to describe today’s sailing. After working our socks off yesterday to claw back our lead from Henri Lloyd and open up a reasonable gap from them, we drove straight into a massive wind hole today, whilst they continued un-impeded 10 miles above us, sailing straight past ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 11 DAY 15

04 MAY 2014

After what I think is our record slowest 12 hours run yesterday of 3 miles, we finally have the gale force winds we were trying to get to. Unfortunately, we needed to be in the wind 8 hours earlier to give Mission Performance a run for their money. Although we are sailing now in 30 knots of wind on a shy reach at ...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 11 DAY 15

04 MAY 2014

Hello World! Well finally there is some action going on... We are 980 miles away from Panama we are still making good progress and have been very busy for a change. Last night the intensity of lightning had risen, this morning the breeze freshened and we had to reef the mainsail. Big Cumulus clouds started to form and ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 11 DAY 15

04 MAY 2014

Good morning sport fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! We've had solid breeze all day and a few squalls to keep us on our toes. The cloud cover gave some welcome respite from the sun and several showers kept the boat relatively cool. We had a wind shift that allowed us to make the finish line for several hours but alas ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 11 DAY 15

04 MAY 2014

'All Right'. The crew have worked harder in the last 18 hours than at any other time since Race Start in London last September. It's all because of the massive amount of squall activity we have been experiencing which has required many reefs to be put in and out of the mainsail as well as headsail changes and multiple ...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 11 DAY 15

04 MAY 2014

Today one of the two watches ('Fury' watch) has had all the luck.  They have had good winds in the right direction and fast progress, even notching up Velocity Made Good (VMG) in the 10s! The other watch ('Pace' watch) have had a less than ideal day.  It was bad enough for their watch leader, French student a...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 11, DAY 15

04 MAY 2014

"Lightningtastic" Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 16. I hope you are all having a good bank holiday! Well it has been an interesting day on OneDLL, amazingly we had to change a head sail a couple of times and put in a reef briefly...WOW. evolutiontastic! The good news is that we fina...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 11, DAY 14

03 MAY 2014

"OneDLL wind hole" Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 15. Today continued and continues to be exceedingly frustrating in terms of wind. At dawn it became apparent that we had made good progress, with Switzerland only five miles away. However the wind continued to be exceedingly fickle in both direction...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 11, DAY 14

03 MAY 2014

It has been a day of squalls. It is amazing how it went from days and days of not a single cloud to being surrounded by towering thunderstorms the next. We spent a good portion of the morning weaving and dodging around the clouds, having a really good run for a while. Once we got out from under the clouds the wind evap...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 11, DAY 14

03 MAY 2014

During the past 24 hours we have been moving along the coast and have been using the sea and land winds to good effect making a few miles up on the leads yachts’ distance to finish. We are hoping that in the next six hours we will start to see the wind from the north. It is forecast up to 30 knots, everyone is cr...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 11, DAY 14

03 MAY 2014

Morning al! You'll be pleased to hear after 24 hours of battling death that I am feeling a bit better than yesterday. I was feeling very sorry for myself indeed. Thankfully my crew looked after me and I am on the road to recovery. The wind has been rather up and down over the last day, our progress hasn't been awful bu...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 11, DAY 14

03 MAY 2014

Last night's squalls were spectacular yet painful.  Dramatic lightning accompanied by rain but little wind from a usable direction.  At least the generator was an easy fix this time, unlike our current weather issues. Miserably ourselves and Derry~Londonderry~Doire got caught together in the middle of a huge ...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 11, DAY 14

03 MAY 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 177. First and foremost I need to wish my awesome Dad a huge Happy Birthday from the Pacific coast of Mexico! We have had little to no wind for the past 24 hours and this has made progress painfully slow.  I think the worst six hour run saw us only covering a dismal 3.4 miles. Whi...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 11, DAY 14

03 MAY 2014

Well as predicted yesterday, today was one of the most frustrating days of the race so far. We spent the majority of the day doing less than two knots whilst watching Jamaica Get All Right creep up behind us and Henri Lloyd thunder over the top of us, leaving us bobbing helplessly in no wind whilst they clearly brought...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 11, DAY 14

03 MAY 2014

Morning, well Team Garmin has eventually seen some gains on the rest of the fleet as we areenjoying the local wind in the Gulf of Tehuantepec which see a regular strong pulse of windpour of the land from the north. Last night we were struggling  to keep the boat moving when the wind filled in quickly and we saw it...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 11, DAY 14

03 MAY 2014

Hello World! Day 15. We are now 1100 miles away from Panama. The wind has been very light last night, but still we made some progress after our long drifting period yesterday. This morning we were treated to a nice fresh breeze from the east north east that propelled us forward with an astonishing speed of 10 knots. Th...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 11, DAY 14

03 MAY 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! Another beautiful day in paradise! Mornings and evenings are sublime with spectacular sunsets and sunrises and ideal temperatures. Even the days are becoming more bearable with the arrival of cumulus and cumulonimbus cloud due to the huge amounts of convection. The...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 13. Well, as I write this I am dripping wet as the navigation station reaches 30 degrees but this time I am covered in rain water from the first squall attack. We have not had a squall in this area yet and as the crew are fairly rusty and dropping head sails we electe...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

The most exceptional thing of the last couple of days has been the clarity of the night sky and the brightness of the stars. We are south enough to see the Southern Cross again, a constellation I have grown fond of and quite forgot that we would be seeing it again this race. We had another brilliant sunset with a brigh...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

Morning all, So, we had some communications issues yesterday hence no blog. The sailing has been pretty good over the last day or two with plenty of wind during the day, only to die off over night. I am suffering with some sort of bug so I am keeping this short. I feel totally wretched! Mission Performance... Somewhere...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

We are heading east with eager anticipation towards the band of wind that funnels out of the Golf of de Tehuantepec, a strong northerly wind knows as Tehuantepecanos. We had a quiet night followed by a day of progress that was unexpected and welcome.  The breeze was also from a new direction we haven't had since t...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 176. Meh?! Well as much as that sums up today - I guess I should expand on that. Firstly, today’s blog is taking far longer to type than usual due to an injury I sustained last night while on a fixing mission.  In this ever increasing temperature the navigation station is on...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

Well it has been all change in terms of sail plan on board the good ship GREAT Britain today, with our loose luffed sails being replaced by our fixed luff sails for the first time since a few hours after race start nearly two weeks ago. This change has brought a welcome relief for the crew as running with our Yankee an...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

I must say, today has be one of the hottest we have had so far I think. So hot in fact that the rubber impeller on the generator started to break from the heat. The water temperature is 31 degrees; the outside temperature must have been around 38 degrees, hardly a breath of wind in the morning. So the engine room must ...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

Hello world! Well here we are stuck in the moment, delivered to the gods of wind and sea (as we always are, but normally we can play with what they give us). For the last 10 hours we have been stuck in this wind hole and any progress is not really in the right direction. Hopefully this will end soon, because we like to...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! We have made reasonable progress during the day despite the forecast of almost zero wind. This seems to have caught up with us now though and in between lightning clouds there isn't a breath of wind. Today was the first day since leaving San Francisco almost two we...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

'All Right'. We have now come out of Stealth Mode but unfortunately have not managed to make any dramatic moves up the leaderboard whilst obscured from the world. On the other hand we have, I believe, held our own against the boats at the front end of the fleet. The wind has been quite light and variable with an hour o...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

It has been a busy day on Qingdao, from morning to dusk the wind has gently built from a variable 5 knots to an onshore wind of 15 knots in the afternoon until the sun set and now we are back to drifting with not even a knot of wind to fill our sails. We had the light weight kite and windseeker up which we changed betw...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

Good morning, Well we are still stuck in an area of light winds and are struggling to sail with the wind rarely rising above 2 knots. It is ironic that we chose to sail this direction in order to avoid an area of lighter wind we thought the rest of the fleet would encounter, but as the schedules show they have not expe...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 11 DAY 12

01 MAY 2014

"It's all about the wind"  Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 13. First of all sorry that there was no blog yesterday; I was feeling a little under the weather. Currently the wind has left us. We have 1.7 knots of true wind. As many of you will know, this is not enough to make a Clipper ...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 11 DAY 12

01 MAY 2014

We're still racing hard but there is plenty of time and with sleeping difficult in the heat we are enjoying some quiet reading or sunbathing on the foredeck. The evenings are particularly enjoyable as we revive from our siesta and are sociable for a short time, where nobody is irritable from overheating. The nights no ...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 11 DAY 12

01 MAY 2014

Well it’s been a slow 24 hours covering just 159 miles, but we have now come out of Stealth Mode and you can see that we have headed inshore to the coast in the hope that over the next few days we can pick up a bit more wind than forecast. We knew when we took this tactic that we may end up last but we were never...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 11 DAY 12

01 MAY 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 175.  Not a lot to report from the last 24 hours, the breeze is still light and the progress is still slow, painfully slow.  The temperature is rising every day, even the nights are getting close to being too hot now.  This morning I explained to the team the frustrating...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 11 DAY 12

01 MAY 2014

At 02:59:04 UTC today we passed through Angel Gate, the second of the compulsory gates that are part of the course for this race. Like the first gate, we managed to hold on to our lead and pass through in first place, which was a great boost to the team and fair reward for all our hard work over the last couple of days...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 11 DAY 12

01 MAY 2014

Good morning, well here on Team Garmin we are getting a little bit nervous, as we have made a bold move to position ourselves as far to the east as we could and lost a lot of ground on the other boats in doing so. The reason being is we anticipated that most of the fleet would run into some very light winds making it v...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 11 DAY 12

01 MAY 2014

Hello again everybody! We are back on your little screens out of Stealth Mode. Now the question - was it successful? 24 hours ago we exited the Ocean Sprint and we were faced with the age old question, gybe or not to gybe?  After some heavy analysis of the weather we decided that in the long run, a coastal run ma...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 11 DAY 12

01 MAY 2014

Hello world! Well day 13, we are about 40 miles from the second gate (Angel gate), these gates are set in the race course to be able to shorten the race if the wind completely vanishes on us. At least we will have a reference line where all the boats have to report their time. If one of the gates is announced as the fi...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 11 DAY 12

01 MAY 2014

'All Right'. The wind has finally died to almost nothing with less than 2 knots of true wind currently showing on our instruments. Our course is quite good but we are going nowhere fast with a boat speed of 0.5 knots. We still have our lightweight spinnaker up in the hope that the breeze will start to fill in soon but ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 11 DAY 12

01 MAY 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire!  Firstly, a quick apology for the lack of blogs over the past 36 hours but it seems both our satellite systems are struggling as much with the heat as we are. Either that or I've neglected to pay my bills!  Secondly, I am happy to report that all is well ...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 11 DAY 12

01 MAY 2014

Happy May Day!  I wish spring was in the air around here rather than the height of a summer heatwave.  We have all been trying to find ways of keeping the heat down.  The rope locker has turned in to a communal sleeping area again as it has a breeze flowing through it.  I erected a small bimini over...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 11 DAY 11

30 APR 2014

We gybed once, decided we didn't much like the angle, and gybed back again. That is about the extent of the excitement for today. No sail changes needed. Little wildlife, just a brief pod of dolphins that thought we were too slow and boring to stay and play. If this day was to be erased from existence it wouldn't be mu...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 11 DAY 11

30 APR 2014

It’s time for us to either sink or swim and we are hoping for a swim! We are now in Stealth Mode after the Ocean Sprint which we completed in 16 hours 23 minutes which was sadly not the fastest, as PSP Logistics and Jamaica Get All Right beat us by a few hours. We never aimed for the Ocean Sprint as it took us aw...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 11 DAY 11

30 APR 2014

Morning all from a very hot and sticky Mission Performance. I think today has been the hottest yet making downstairs almost unbearable in both its heat and humidity. On deck the sun has been fierce beating down upon us as we try and persuade the boat to move in the little wind that we have had. The mood on board is ext...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 11 DAY 11

30 APR 2014

I know most of you read skipper Olly Cotterell's blog first to find out the facts (in addition to the odd gasp at a kitemare story and the quote of the day) so I will just summarise our life on board Heidi (our nickname for the boat) today. Hot: very challenging temperatures on decks and below. Sweaty: the clothes wash...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 11 DAY 11

30 APR 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 174. Another slow, slow day.  The sail plan has not changed in the last 24 hours and the wind speed has stubbornly stuck well below the 10 knot mark. As I mentioned yesterday an added complication to this race is not knowing for certain where the finish line will be.  Sailing...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 11 DAY 11

30 APR 2014

At 18:36:15 UTC today we passed through the Acapulco Gate, the first of the compulsory gates that are part of the course for this race. Each of these gates has the potential, if the race is shortened, to become the finish line for this race so it is important to cross through them in the best position possible, treatin...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 11 DAY 11

30 APR 2014

Good morning, Well we have popped out of Stealth Mode, and although we have not made significant gains in positions, we have managed to place ourselves where we believe we have the best possible chance of being able to sail effectively over the next few days. This race is becoming very tactical with a lot of boats choo...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 11 DAY 11

30 APR 2014

We gave the Ocean Sprint a fair crack. We had a good angle through the 90 mile course, but unfortunately a light patch of wind with 30 miles to go saw us pushed into a solid second place with a time of 14 hour and 59 minutes. We knew it would be close as I was checking our speed and distance constantly, checking the ot...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 11 DAY 11

30 APR 2014

Hello world! Day 11 and we are 1,444 miles away from Panama, time wise we are about half way through the voyage for this race. Today was a busy day as we completed the Ocean Sprint which was won by Jamaica Get All Right. Congratulations Jamaica Get All Right. We crossed the first of 4 gates, the Acapulco gate, and the ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 11 DAY 11

30 APR 2014

Skipper's blog 'All Right'. We finished the Ocean Sprint in the early hours of this morning and felt we had a really good chance of winning it. We plotted all the other teams’ positions on the SeaPro chart plotter and looked at the relative speed and courses they had made across the sprint. We reckoned the only t...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 11 DAY 10

29 APR 2014

Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 10. Well we have just completed the Ocean Sprint (don't worry - the paperwork is in). This Ocean Sprint could not have been more different to the last one. Light fickle shifting winds, searing heat, a flat yacht and lots of wildlife!  I really have no idea how we...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 11 DAY 10

29 APR 2014

We did a good job of finding another wind hole today; we're really getting a knack for it. I know the whole fleet has slowed but that is two days in a row that we've had the slowest six hour numbers so I reckon we're still the best at it. After a start like that the day could only get better, and since then progress ha...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 11 DAY 10

29 APR 2014

There were not that many miles under the keel as we entered the Ocean Sprint earlier today. It is a short distance - only 90 miles north to south -  but this will take us away from the gate which is just south of the it. We are currently looking at our tactics to close the gap between the rest of the fleet and not...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 11 DAY 10

29 APR 2014

Morning all! It's been pretty stop/start over the last 24 hours. We had a great run last night and made some good progress south, but early this morning the wind shut down pretty much altogether meaning we could only ghost along at a couple of knots. Nothing really exciting on the sailing front has been happening reall...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 11 DAY 10

29 APR 2014

We are making the most of what wind we have had over the past 24 hours. It’s been fairly light and fickle. We are in the Ocean Sprint now too which I think will be the longest Ocean Sprint of the whole race at this rate.  Nicknamed the “ocean drift” by the crew we are taking a roundabout cou...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 11 DAY 10

29 APR 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 173.  We still have enough breeze to keep us moving, that’s what I keep telling myself.  Although the wind is light it certainly does not mean that the sailing is easy.  The slightest change in either wind strength or direction is often the cue for a change of our ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 11 DAY 10

29 APR 2014

Today the word off the day has to be crew. Over the course of the race I have come to realise just how special they are. I as their skipper slowly pile more and more on their shoulders and I am never disappointed by their performance, they are quite simply amazing and the essence of what this race is about.  We on...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 11 DAY 10

29 APR 2014

Morning all from a stealthy Team Garmin, well we are nearly at the end of our 24 hours under Stealth Mode and the big question is has it been a tactical master stroke or not? Whilst in Stealth Mode the other boats’ positions have been sent to Team Garmin as normal so we can plot their tracks in relation to our po...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 11 DAY 10

29 APR 2014

Today was definitely the lightest day we have had in this race with wind peeking out at a whopping 3 knots at time this morning! It had to happen sooner or later after posting better than average numbers each schedule for the last 2 days as we watched the rest of the fleet ground to a halt – now it was our turn. ...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 11 DAY 10

29 APR 2014

Hello world! Day 10 About 1470 miles to Panama and 38 miles to finish the Ocean Sprint and 145 miles to the first gate (Acapulco gate). There are four gates in this race, all potential finish lines if the wind would let us down so much that reaching Panama in time wouldl be impossible. We are currently  in the O...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 11 DAY 10

29 APR 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire!  All is well aboard the stealth-enabled Legenderry II. We were in two minds whether or not to use our 24 hour Stealth Mode card as there are so many of the fleet in close proximity that we may have only been hiding our moves from you! As it turned out, we have...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 11 DAY 10

29 APR 2014

'All Right'. After yesterday’s very long blog I'm afraid today's will be somewhat shorter. We are now in the Ocean Sprint and feel we have a really good chance of picking up some extra points with this one. We are not sailing the shortest distance across the 90 mile sprint as we also have our eye on a podium fini...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 11 DAY 9

28 APR 2014

Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 9. Well today was all about the happy hour. Firstly I explained about a couple of ideas I had for the watch system to try and reduce time on deck in the middle of the day. Each has its merits and its disadvantages. The crew will vote on any changes today. Next we had ...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 11 DAY 9

28 APR 2014

Not a great day at sea. We spent most of the day drifting in about 4 to 5 knots of wind and only managing 2 to 3 knots of boat speed. It looked like many boats were in similar conditions but I take no comfort in that. There was not a cloud in the sky -  what I would have done for a squall cloud to give us a little...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 11 DAY 9

28 APR 2014

Apart from the light and variable winds we have seen over the last 24 hours not much has changed here on Qingdao. I have been trying to come up with a tactical plan of closing down the gap on the lead yachts to the next gate but the wind has been against us making any move very difficult.  I know where I would lik...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 11 DAY 9

28 APR 2014

Morning all! Another hot day in paradise and although progress has been slow due to the lack of wind, the guys have been doing a really good job keeping the boat going with careful trimming and driving. It seems to be the case that to achieve the healthy looking and fashionable tan everybody has to go through that shin...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 11 DAY 9

28 APR 2014

For a second day running, my presence on board has been notable by my absence.  Yesterday I was sleeping off the over-exertions from Stealth Mode, today I have been in the engine room -  not out of choice I might add. The engine room on a Clipper 70 is a small insulated room in the centre of the boat, just bi...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 11 DAY 9

28 APR 2014

Today has been one of those on off frustrating kind off days. We spent most of the morning hunting wind being rewarded with the odd puff of breeze every now and then as we continued to make progress at an all to pedestrian rate whilst slowly being cooked on deck by the ever increasing temperatures and frustrated by a v...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 11 DAY 9

28 APR 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 172. Lighter and slower... So throughout the course of the day the breeze has continued to ease off. This has prompted us in digging the wind seeker out of the sail locker and has kept myself and the crew busy all day.  We have changed from Mr Mediumweight kite, to the lightweight...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 11 DAY 9

28 APR 2014

Good morning. Well we have had our first taste of light winds today, and it was more than a little frustrating after having so many good sailing days since leaving San Francisco. Overnight we were sailing in close formation with our familiar friends Derry~Londonderry~Doire and OneDLL when at first light the other boats...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 11 DAY 9

28 APR 2014

The endless sunny days and starry nights are all starting to roll into one. Ask me what day it is and there is no way I could tell you without going to the computer and looking it up. I love this state of sailing and being at sea. Even a little resentment sets in that I have to go to the computer at all sometimes! Let&...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 11 DAY 9

28 APR 2014

Hello world! Today the wind was much lighter, resulting in high concentration on helm and trim to keep the boat moving, with good results as we are still just a stone’s throw way from the leading pack. We have Henri Lloyd to our starboard beam and the pack of OneDLL, Switzerland, Team Garmin and Derry~Londonderry...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 11 DAY 9

28 APR 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! All is well aboard after another very pleasant day. It seems as though boat speed is all relative; yesterday was frustrating having slowed from 8 to 10 knots to 5 to 7 knots. Today has seen boat speed build from 2 knots to about 6 knots and even though we are slowe...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 11 DAY 9

28 APR 2014

'All Right'. Going east seems to have paid off for the moment as YellowBrick had us in first place at the last position update we received at 00:00 UTC. This is great news but there is still a long way to go in this race and as conditions get lighter it will require a lot of focus from the crew and good tactics to main...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 11 DAY 8

27 APR 2014

Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 8. Well as I write this not too much has changed. It is hotter and it is now 28 degrees in our navigation station and it is night time. The fans have been broken out but to be honest this just takes the edge off the heat. As we head further south the humidity is set t...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 11 DAY 8

27 APR 2014

Today in the Netherlands it was King's Day, and so it was on Henri Lloyd also. Suddenly everything on board broke out in orange, we were given orange lei's to wear around our necks, some orange hats and crowns were dispersed amongst the team while our host round the world crew member Maaike Wassenaar even had an orange...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 11 DAY 8

27 APR 2014

It’s getting warm below and on deck now the wind is much lighter and temperature is around 36 degrees Celsius in the navigation station. So today, out came the fans we have stowed away. There has been an increase in bird life as they fly around us waiting for the flying fish as Qingdao continues to sail south. Th...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 11 DAY 8

27 APR 2014

Morning all! It's been another day of gentle sailing conditions and things are really hotting up both on deck and below decks. We have had a really easy day sailing with nothing much at all going on, besides trying to eke out every bit of speed we can from the light winds. Thankfully the breeze is a little steadier now...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 11 DAY 8

27 APR 2014

I will only be able to tell you about what happened for half of today because for half of it I slept very soundly!  As I hung up the keyboard after yesterday’s blog I was called on deck as the wind had swung.  I ended up on deck for longer than I wished as the wind just would not stay still. Like a todd...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 11 DAY 8

27 APR 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 171. It has been another day of light weather kite work, with the biggest event of the day being a switch from Mr Medium weight kite back to the lightweight kite.  I opted to go for a half peel to avoid any unnecessary tangles.  With everything set up we began and everything ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 11 DAY 8

27 APR 2014

Today’s word of the day just has to be heat. Now there are two types of heat at play here, firstly there is the obvious one, the physical heat which as the wind has dropped during the day has risen as if we are all sitting in or on an oven that someone is turning up the thermostat on. We have gone from a water te...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 11 DAY 8

27 APR 2014

Good morning, well we are still in close quarter racing with our good friends, OneDLL and Derry~Londonderry~Doire. Yesterday we were sailing in formation again when we decided to follow our own routeing plan and gybed to sail further south to avoid the area of light wind in the entrance to the Gulf of California, so wi...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 11 DAY 8

27 APR 2014

It is always a great to finish a beautiful sunny day (even if I did get a touch of sun again!) Sailing away from a burning orange sunset, escorted but a pack of adolescent dolphins. The wind was a little shifty last night, forcing us to gybe twice, which wasn't in the plan. A slight twist in the second of the light wea...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 11 DAY 8

27 APR 2014

'All Right'. As other skippers have said in their blogs, everyday it is getting increasingly difficult to think of something interesting to write about. The wind is getting lighter and the temperatures are getting hotter. The racing is still very close and each schedule we make some gains and we make some losses on the...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 11 DAY 8

27 APR 2014

Hello world! Day 8 and 425 miles to the first gate and 280 miles to the Ocean Sprint. We are in sixth position at the moment about 14 miles behind OneDLL. It has been an almost un eventful day under kite and it has become my routine that I try and service the engine control morse. Unfortunately I could not part some bo...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 11 DAY 8

27 APR 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! Another day has passed and we are still making slow but steady progress towards Panama. Since our gybe east this time yesterday, Team Garmin and OneDLL have been eating away at our slender lead to the point that it is practically non-existent! Well done to both tea...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 11 DAY 7

26 APR 2014

Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 7. Well it has been an eventful day... Most of the fleet like us have been pushing a bit further south to avoid what looks like a developing wind hole between Cape Falso and Cape Corrientes. This is not our "making" gybe however and this always causes skippers a heada...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 11 DAY 7

26 APR 2014

Each day resembles the last and with so little new developments these blogs begin sounding repetitious. The wind remains from a similar direction, just that little bit lighter. The sun has been up all day, just that little bit hotter. Miles have continued to count down. I just heard on the radio that I am not the only ...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 11 DAY 7

26 APR 2014

It feels like I only wrote a skipper report a few hours ago, meaning time today has flown by but tonight has slowed down as the wind as forecast has dropped. Keeping any boat speed is much harder work as we make our way to the next set of gates.  After the kite problems we had a few days ago we have been free from...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 11 DAY 7

26 APR 2014

Morning all! It has been mostly awesome sailing over the last 24 hours, I say mostly because there has been the odd light patch in which we were barely able to keep the kite filled. Thankfully these were short lived though and after each we were soon well on our way again. The weather has been fantastic and shorts and ...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 11 DAY 7

26 APR 2014

The morning's dawn that greeted us was spectacular, almost as good as the schedule news that we received at the same time.  Announcing it at the dawn watch handover to an eager crew, the cockpit erupted.  We were out of Stealth Mode, climbing five places and going from the bottom of the leaderboard to the top...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 11 DAY 7

26 APR 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 170. Another 24 hours has rolled by in our little 70-foot long world and the wind angle continues to be hindering our progress. Overnight we decided to peel from Mr Medium kite to the lightweight kite. Now depending on how you assess the peel will have an effect on whether you would cl...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 11 DAY 7

26 APR 2014

After another glorious day of downwind sailing in the sunshine, rolling along in a dying but usable breeze, this evening we saw some strange white fluffy things in the sky, then remembered they must be clouds! They were very short lived, but were the first we have seen for a good few days indicating that there are like...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 11 DAY 7

26 APR 2014

Good morning, well another glorious days sailing on Team Garmin, with bright sunshine and blue skies as well as a steady breeze. It has been very interesting to see the tactics that the boats are using to avoid the area of light or even no wind which is directly in our path. It does feel so wrong when you are sailing d...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 11 DAY 7

26 APR 2014

Today is a special day in Australia and New Zealand's history as we celebrated ANZAC Day. This is a time to remember and reflect on the soldiers, "diggers" of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp. that went to fight in Gallipoli during World War I. We gathered in the cockpit at the 07:00am watch change where round ...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 11 DAY 7

26 APR 2014

Hello world! Well another day in paradise, sun, turtles and wind, slightly less wind than yesterday but with a diminishing sea state makes for a smooth ride. We changed kites a few times for the changing wind conditions and are back on our lightweight kite nicknamed 'Big Angus'. We have Derry~Londonderry~Doire on our s...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 11 DAY 7

26 APR 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! It has been another great day with near perfect conditions. There were a few times that we could have done with a few extra knots of breeze but we aren't complaining...yet! Is it possible that today's weather might have been the perfect day? Sandwiched between the ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 11 DAY 7

26 APR 2014

'All Right'. The wind is slowly dropping away and over the course of the next few days it is going to drop away to next to nothing. This race is about to get very tactical in terms of where each team positions themselves in order to make the most of the available wind. The racing is incredibly close and, at this stage ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 11 DAY 6

25 APR 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! For the first time in over three days we do not have a visual on another Clipper 70. I suspect OneDLL will reappear with dawn but in the meantime it is a welcome respite from a hectic few days. It all culminated early this morning as we crossed the Scoring Gate in ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 11 DAY 6

25 APR 2014

Morning all! Well it's tough in the sun; we are being subjected to balmy hot weather, a good following wind, a gentle sea state and glorious sailing. There's always something rather suspicious when everything is just perfect at sea. That said we have been working the spinnaker hard and I think as far as I can tell, hav...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 11 DAY 6

25 APR 2014

Where are we heading now, what can we see out of the windows?  I'm not going to reveal too much today I'm afraid! What I will say is that it's been another enjoyable day of wonderful sailing.  It is getting hotter which must mean we are roughly heading in the right direction. Tonight's sunset was breath-takin...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 11 DAY 6

25 APR 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 169. Frustration...We were so close, but alas not close enough when it came to the Scoring Gate.  It was not long after dawn that we approached 24 degrees north and we were in visual contact with Derry~Londonderry~Doire, OneDLL and Team Garmin.  We had heard that GREAT Britai...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 11 DAY 6

25 APR 2014

Oh my goodness, how nerve wracking was that! Yes, it is true, we have broken our Scoring Gate curse and at 12:14:43 UTC yesterday we passed through the Scoring Gate first, 7 miles ahead of Team Garmin to bag ourselves the first three Scoring Gate points we have ever managed to achieve, boy they have been a long time co...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 11 DAY 6

25 APR 2014

Good morning, well with all the drama of fighting to cross the Scoring Gate now over we have enjoyed another fantastic days sailing off the Californian coast. We crossed the Scoring Gate late last night and we are still unsure of which position we crossed in as we are still awaiting official results. We feel we were se...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 11 DAY 6

25 APR 2014

Our patient, Mr Medium weight kite was back on deck surprisingly this morning ready for action. Our sail makers turned him around in record time over night and we had him back in the sky with pistols at dawn. It has been a very straight forward day sailing wise. We gybed over on an unexpected wind shift and have been t...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 11 DAY 6

25 APR 2014

Hello world! Day 6 and we have sailed 1,300 miles so far from San Francisco. This race is a good change from previous races which have involved a lot of close hauling and heeling over, now we are doing similar or faster speeds, but are generally upright. We have been sailing with diverse kites up since the end of day 1...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 11 DAY 6

25 APR 2014

'All Right'. Well it seems I messed up a little with the tactics for the Scoring Gate but we had to try something different. We weren't going to get past the boats ahead of us by following them so we stayed on the gybe heading east whilst the other boats were on the gybe going south. It didn't work for us due to an unf...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 11 DAY 6

25 APR 2014

"Peeling good times" Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 6. Well the Scoring Gate was exceedingly tight but alas I don't think we were successful this time. I must congratulate Team Garmin and Derry~Londonderry~Doire for a sterling performance and keeping us at bay. Credit must also go to GREAT Britain ...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 11 DAY 6

25 APR 2014

The wind has begun to lighten compared to what we've had, yet there is still enough to make reasonable progress. We've changed up to our lightest spinnaker so know we've got the biggest sails we have up and any easing of the wind will see our speed drop significantly. The wind dropped enough around midday that we could...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 11 DAY 6

25 APR 2014

At the moment there is not a lot of tactics in play, all we can do is try and close the gap from us to the lead pack of Clipper 70s that we can see from time to time on the AIS (Automatic Identification System) and there is a line from east to west of six yachts all looking like they are pushing each other on. We are g...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 11 DAY 5

24 APR 2014

"Champagne Sailing" Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 5. Well things are heating up as we get closer to the Scoring Gate. We have had visual on Team Garmin, Derry~Londonderry~Doire, Invest Africa, Jamaica Get All Right and another Clipper 70 who we suspect to be GREAT Britain, has just appeared. A cou...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 11 DAY 5

24 APR 2014

Soon the Baja Islands will be left behind us and we'll be racing towards the first of the potential finishing gates, the first one being off Acapulco almost 1,000 miles away. This is the same distance we have covered so far from San Francisco. It has been another cracking day of downwind sailing, but unfortunately we'v...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 11 DAY 5

24 APR 2014

It’s tough times here on Qingdao after spending most of the day without our kite up as the repairs to them took longer than first expected. All the sewing had to be done by hand which meant losing valuable miles to the rest of the fleet. We now have to work hard to make up those miles but all is not lost yet. The...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 11 DAY 5

24 APR 2014

Morning all! The sailing over the last 24 hours has been great, the sun has been shining, the wind is a nice and consistent strength and we have been making great speeds. The only thing missing has been the gin and tonic and bikini clad ladies strewn across the deck. But I'll make do with the fantastic sailing instead!...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 11 DAY 5

24 APR 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 168. Another 24 hours has rolled by and it has been very much the same as yesterday with no change to our sail plan and, up until a few hours ago little change to our course. The biggest event of the day has been gybing round on to a more southerly heading after a little wind shift.&nb...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 11 DAY 5

24 APR 2014

So the word of the day for today is tension. In this case and energetic, nervous, anticipative kind of tension, not a daggers drawn kind of tension. Now, I hear you ask, what could be causing such tension? Well that is simple, the looming of a Scoring Gate marking the culmination of the first section of Race 11 for whi...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 11 DAY 5

24 APR 2014

Good morning from a sunny Pacific. Another good 24 hours on Team Garmin which has seen us sailing in close company of three other yachts. This afternoon we all suffered the same shift in wind direction, and the other three yachts decided to gybe to head south towards the Scoring Gate, also possibly to cover the yachts ...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 11 DAY 5

24 APR 2014

Hello world! Racing day 5 and we are coming very close to the Scoring Gate with only 70 miles to go. It is 22:30 local time here and nearly watch changeover time. We just passed behind Invest Africa who are sailing on an opposite tack. They are probably wondering who passed behind them because we are currently sailing ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 11 DAY 5

24 APR 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! Twenty-four hours on and the racing continues to be as tight as an over-tuned banjo string! The crew have done a superb job of keeping the boat moving at 100 percent and fending off Team Garmin, OneDLL and Invest Africa. With a small but significant shift in the wi...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 11 DAY 5

24 APR 2014

'All Right'. Like a game of chess but on a huge scale the race for the Scoring Gate is starting to come to a conclusion, and an exciting one at that. Today we crossed the stern of Invest Africa at a quarter of a mile distance and had a visual of OneDLL and Derry~Londonderry~Doire ahead of them. They were on the opposit...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 11 DAY 5

24 APR 2014

It was a pretty action packed today on board PSP Logistics. With watch leaders taking a rest (they are on mother watch today) I was up on deck helping out both watches throughout the night and day, and even found myself doing some gardening off the aft deck! We picked up a massive clump of seaweed (again re: Leg 5). So...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 11, DAY 4

23 APR 2014

"Stupidly close racing" Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 4. Right, so we have been full on racing for over four days, we have done over 500 miles and I currently have three Clipper 70 yachts within 10 miles of me, with Derry~Londonderry~Doire just 0.5 of a miles ahead and Team Garmin just 3.3 miles f...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 11, DAY 4

23 APR 2014

It is hard to believe that another day has passed and I am down here writing another blog, the time is just flying past. These days of running downwind have been amazing, some of the nicest conditions we've had. It looks like we may get this for another day or two before it begins to really drop off. However, memories ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 11, DAY 4

23 APR 2014

Morning all! It's gone from the still to the sublime and back again over the last 24 hours. The remainder of last night was pretty frustrating as the wind just wouldn't get above 10 knots, making the whole experience pretty rolly and flappy, with a lot of effort from the trimmers and helms for not much result. Thankful...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 11, DAY 4

23 APR 2014

I am sure all the skipper reports will be the same today, sunny warm and good winds taking us south. One of those days you like to be nowhere else in the world. We have been racing under kite now since almost the start, which is a very long time to have the kite up for more than 24 hours. The only sail changes to be ...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 11, DAY 4

23 APR 2014

CV24 Today has been absolute sailing pleasure; cracking surf and a good breeze that really makes these Clipper 70s shift in a fun way. Let’s discuss the current race leaderboard.  I was hoping that I could report that we were off the bottom and on our way back up the ladder but alas.  This fleet have gr...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 11, DAY 4

23 APR 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 167. All is well aboard the good ship Invest Africa, the past 24 hours has seen no change in our sail plan and little change in our course.  We are still drag racing with Team Garmin, OneDLL and Derry~Londonderry~Doire and it’s tighter than a tight thing in a tight place whi...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 11, DAY 4

23 APR 2014

Well in many ways, one day does blend into the next in ocean racing. The watches roll on, the galley continues to dish out delicious food and the activity on deck continues at pace and today is one of those days. That said, there are the subtle changes. Our boat speed has increased as the wind filled back in courtesy...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 11, DAY 4

23 APR 2014

Good morning, We are still going strong here on Team Garmin, enjoying some great sailing in the company of Derry~Londonderry~Doire, OneDLL and Invest Africa. We are all within sight of each other and have enjoyed some close racing today. Our medium weight spinnaker has been up for the longest time since I joined in Sin...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 11, DAY 4

23 APR 2014

As you can all see, we put in our gybe earlier than the fleet to get back to the rhumb line. It was a slight gamble, but at the time we felt we were too far north of the pack to continue to follow them. It seems they have had more favourable wind direction today than anticipated. So it remains to be seen if we make any...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 11, DAY 4

23 APR 2014

Hello world! The temperature is rising and shorts have been spotted on deck, enjoying the last of nice helming before we have to work hard to keep the boat moving. We are 300 miles away from the Scoring Gate and at the moment we’re in battle with Jamaica Get All Right who are sailing 3 miles east of us. All is we...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 11, DAY 4

23 APR 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! Another great day of close racing...almost too close! We have been within visual range of OneDLL for over two days now. Team Garmin and Invest Africa arrived on the scene last night and all three have been eating away at our very narrow lead since. It is quite frus...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 11, DAY 4

23 APR 2014

'All Right'. There isn't really a lot to report as nothing has really changed in the last 24 hours. We peeled from our heavy weight to medium weight spinnaker at first light this morning and have been trucking along at good speed in the right direction ever since. We had switched to the heavy weight spinnaker overnig...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 11, DAY 3

22 APR 2014

"Continuous close racing" Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 3. The racing has been exceedingly close. Having taken a variety of different tactics I currently have Derry~Londonderry~Doire, Invest Africa and Team Garmin on the horizon. The weather has been kind to us with the wind and sea moderating, ho...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 11, DAY 3

22 APR 2014

All is well on board Henri Lloyd. The wind has eased off, something we should come to grips with as it will likely continue to get lighter and lighter as we head south. The sun was out today and once it got to the other side of the sails so we weren't in the shade, it was very nice. The warming trend will also continue...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 11, DAY 3

22 APR 2014

The sun has been out all-day with a light wind from the north to north west keeping us moving. We have gybed inshore a little from where we were in the fleet, as the forecast was for lighter winds offshore which means we have now dropped behind the rest of the fleet heading south. There are not many tactics at play yet...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 11, DAY 3

22 APR 2014

Morning all! It's been a day of light and fickle winds out in the East Pacific Ocean. Keeping the boat going has been a struggle, though saying that we have never really stopped and VMG (Velocity Made Good) hasn't been under 6 knots throughout all of the light wind patch. It has been incredibly frustrating, the wind wo...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 11, DAY 3

22 APR 2014

This is going to be a cracking leg - I don't know this for sure but I just have a good feeling! Despite what the fleet positions say, life is good way out west.  We are currently in twelfth position in the latest 6 hourly schedules for this race, which I think, looking back at all the previous 6 legs, is a first f...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 11

22 APR 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 166. Another day of blog o'clock coinciding with a shift in the breeze, so again todays will be brief. We have been making good progress south under kite all day, the breeze has eased off a little but we have still been managing good speeds. The leader board at the moment shows us doin...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 11, DAY 3

22 APR 2014

Well after a day of good solid wind, today saw us experiencing much more light and fickle wind, which in many ways offers some of the most challenging conditions that we experience on the race. Constant wind is relatively easy to deal with as you know what it is and can adjust your sail plan and helming to suit and the...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 11, DAY 3

22 APR 2014

Morning all, Another wonderful 24 hours sailing here on the Pacific Ocean. After gybing the boat back to a southerly heading last night we have been making steady progress with the wind being a little fickle in both strength and direction meaning that the helm has had to concentrate to keep the boat at maximum speed an...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 11, DAY 3

22 APR 2014

Another near perfect day sailing as people lathered up on the old suncream and started to shed the winter woollies on a near cloudless sunny day! As expected we saw our fleet position fall as we gybed south, however, the fleet is coming back together with only a 30 odd mile spread on distance to finish miles. The next ...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 11, DAY 3

22 APR 2014

Hello world! Day 3 and 2,887 miles to go to Panama… The wind is still from dead behind so we are still reaching and gybing our way down south along the coast, well 200 miles away from it to be precise to stay in the breeze. We left American waters and are now on the Mexican side. The weather has gone light ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 11, DAY 3

22 APR 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! The sun isn't quite splitting the deck just yet but we've seen more blue sky today than we have since somewhere south of Hong Kong. Conditions are perfect for the new crew to start honing their skills and the watches to begin gelling like well-oiled machines. We've...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 11, DAY 3

22 APR 2014

'All Right'. The wind has been a little up and down over the course of the last 24 hours, requiring us to peel between the heavy weight and medium weight spinnakers several times. Since the wind is coming from the north, west and is directly behind us for our desired course it has also been necessary for us to gybe sev...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 11 DAY 2

21 APR 2014

Welcome to the wildlifeGood morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 2. So much has happened in the hours since our departure from San Francisco. One of the highlights has been the wildlife. So far we have seen dolphins (including a funny variety that I have never seen before that appear not to have a dorsal fin,...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 11 DAY 2

21 APR 2014

Day 2 of Race 11 to Panama. I told my team in our San Francisco team meeting that they could look forward to some really nice downwind sailing, and I haven't let them down. Today was a beautiful day of downwind running under a cloudless sky. The sun was warming if not a little too strong for our delicately pale north p...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 11 DAY 2

21 APR 2014

It’s been a long time since we have been under a kite more than 24 hours and we are making good progress south as we head more offshore then the rest of the fleet. The sun has been out all-day and the temperature has been very warm. There have been a few cargo ships around and no sightings of whales but lots of d...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 11 DAY 2

21 APR 2014

Morning all! It's been a great 24 hours of sailing and we have been flying along. Once the cloud cleared up and the moon came out last night, life got a lot easier and the breeze filled in quite nicely meaning we were charging along in the high teens with the medium weight spinnaker and wind in the mid to high 20s.The ...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 11 DAY 2

21 APR 2014

Day 2 of Leg 7 has slipped by seamlessly and it’s been an intensive mixture of race paced evolutions and coaching to get our new crew members up to speed fast.  I've been by the helm most of the night getting our new helms acquainted with the art of flying the spinnaker in the fresh following breeze.  W...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 11 DAY 2

21 APR 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 165. It’s going to be brief today as the breeze is changing and I need to be on deck changing kites, not in the navigation station bashing away at the key board! The first 24 hours out have been a bit of a baptism of fire for the new crew.  Reefing in the bay, a fresh beat o...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 11 DAY 2

21 APR 2014

It really does feel like our Clipper Race summer has returned after a very short 5 week winter. The sun is out, the air is warmer and I will be taking three of the four layers out of my sleeping bag this evening. That can only mean one thing, we are heading south and indeed it does. Back to trade wind sailing and sunsh...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 11 DAY 2

21 APR 2014

Good morning from Team Garmin, We have been enjoying some great sailing conditions here in the Pacific on our way to Panama. We hoisted the medium weight spinnaker on the first night out and have managed to hold it since, and we have seen some impressive boat speeds with the highest recorded by Dan on a very long surf ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 11 DAY 2

21 APR 2014

Happy Easter everyone! What a marvellous day sailing with fantastic wind and a beautiful blue sky. In the 36 hours we have been racing we have sued every sail in the wardrobe! The crew have performed some very nice head sail and kite changes, so that also means our 11 new crew are also getting good practice and flaking...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 11 DAY 2

21 APR 2014

Hello world!Racing day 2 has been started 5 hours ago, 2,873 miles to go. We just gybed and are pointing towards Cabo Falso. We have seen most of the boats crossing our path and even when the race viewer says we are eleventh at the moment, it's more likely we are around fourth place as it has been a fast 24 hours. With...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 11 DAY 2

21 APR 2014

'All Right'. It's been a fast and furious 24 hours on Jamaica Get All Right. We have had either the medium weight or heavy weight spinnaker flying the whole time and have been making very good speed. At this rate we would be in Panama in no time at all. Sadly we won't be able to maintain this speed as the typical weath...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 11 DAY 2

21 APR 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! All is well aboard as we continue our race down the West Coast of the United States. We were a little (180 miles!) too far offshore to see the Hollywood sign on the hills as we passed LA earlier or to wave to my first Captain in the industry, Neale Jones, who lives...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 11 PSP LOGISTICS PANAMA 100 CUP RACE STA...

20 APR 2014

Leg 7 is going to be a leg of challenges that people don’t expect, it is often thought that it will be easy and downwind. We are not a boat that tactically likes coastal sailing and this is a coastal race. To say what I am doing tactically in terms of inshore and offshore would be giving it away. This race has ga...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 11 PSP LOGISTICS PANAMA 100 CUP RACE ST...

20 APR 2014

We hope to have a really fast run the first 1,000 miles or so with north westerly’s forecast which is the perfect wind angle, I am sure we will be using the medium weight spinnaker for around a week and making some pretty good speeds. The temperature is going to get warmer day by day and it’s going to be ex...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 11 PSP LOGISTICS PANAMA 100 CUP RACE STAR...

20 APR 2014

Hopefully Leg 7 should be a great start for us, beating out of the Golden Gate Bridge. The sea breeze should fill in and we will be bashing into some swell out there and we hope to get the kite out as soon as we turn the corner and hope to get a good run down the coast. After that the winds will get very light looking ...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 11 PSP LOGISTICS PANAMA 100 CUP RACE START

20 APR 2014

So it’s out under the bridge and hang a left and as we start to head further south the wind will get lighter and lighter.As we get closer towards Panama we will be close to the Equator in shifty conditions as we feel the effects of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) or Doldrums, so the first week will be c...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 11 PSP LOGISTICS PANAMA 100 CUP RACE START

20 APR 2014

We have had a big turnover of crew this leg and I have changed our watch system and put most of the round the worlder’s on one watch and our leggers on the other watch which is a risky strategy -  the idea being that the round the worlder’s have enough experience to look after themselves and I can spen...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 11 PSP LOGISTICS PANAMA 100 CU...

20 APR 2014

Hopefully Leg 7 is going to be a different leg to the Pacific, we will see land and we have a great new crew and we are going back to warmer weather so I am looking forward to this leg. I am looking forward to transiting the Panama Canal and visiting Jamaica. We are pretty good at shorter races so we are going to give ...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 11 DAY 1

20 APR 2014

Panama here we come! Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 1. Well what a stopover San Francisco was...wine tasting, games, food, more food, corporate sails, more corporate sails, taxis and more taxis! It was an amazing stopover. San Francisco is an amazing city and very unique. I really enjoyed my time t...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 11 DAY 1

20 APR 2014

San Francisco is a great city, as was the stopover. Even though it was one of the longer stopovers it seemed like one of the shortest, as the time just flew by. It was also a very busy stopover with a lot of events going on throughout the week. I think if there is one thing I'll remember from this visit was how friendl...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 11 DAY 1

20 APR 2014

It’s like we have never been on land as we are off again as we compete in Race 11, the PSP Logistics Panama 100 Cup. After a few days off in San Francisco where we completed some maintenance on Qingdao we are still slightly limited on what we can send back from the boat but will try and keep you updated with crew...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 11 DAY 1

20 APR 2014

Morning all! It's another race start day and the excitement has been brewing all day. The wind coming out of San Francisco Bay was a tad fresh to say the least and most of the fleet had the Yankee 3 flying as well as a reef to cope with the strong upwind conditions. Getting out passed the bridge and out of the bay was ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 11 DAY 1

20 APR 2014

So, we are under way again. Race 11 has started and what a spectacle race start was. This morning we were greeted with clear skies and a reasonable breeze, probably a little more than most of the mornings we have spent in San Francisco. After the usual frenetic hive of activity which consumes without trace the last few...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 11 DAY 1

20 APR 2014

It is good to be back on the high seas after another very busy stopover in San Francisco. We managed to repair all our kites and got through most of our maintenance in port, so a big thank you to all the crew and friends and family that helped us. We wouldn't have been ready without your help. Today see's us on our way...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 11 DAY 1

20 APR 2014

Hello world! Here I sit back in the navigation station writing my first blog in Race 11 Leg 7, San Francisco to Panama. A race that's about 3,300 miles long. We had a complicated stopover in San Francisco. If you have followed us previously you will know we had bow damage that needed to be repaired. Luckily GREAT Brita...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 11 DAY 1

20 APR 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! After another busy but very enjoyable stopover in San Francisco, it's off to Panama. With 3,300 miles of mostly downwind sailing and a gradual temperature increase along the way, bring it on! It was great catching up with friends and family who came out to visit,...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 11 DAY 1

20 APR 2014

'All Right'. After an all too short five day stop in San Francisco we are off again on Race 11 to Panama. It was a very busy five days with two days of corporate sailing plus a sail training day for the new crew along with all the normal cleaning and maintenance tasks which took up the other two days. Despite having ju...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 11 PSP LOGISTICS PANAMA 100 CUP RACE STA...

19 APR 2014

After doing the big run across the North Pacific it’s going to be a light wind tactical race. We have new crew joining us this race so I think it’s important for us to get the team back together and have a good race down to Panama.I think you have to steer as close as you can to the Rhumb line in this race ...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 11 PSP LOGISTICS PANAMA 100 CUP RACE ST...

19 APR 2014

We are going to have a fantastic start from the Golden Gate Bridge and hopefully we will be able to get our spinnaker up with reaching conditions. We are hoping to get around 1,000 miles further south before the wind starts to ease off and then that’s when the inshore vs offshore choices come into play. We might ...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 11 PSP LOGISTICS PANAMA 100 CUP RACE S...

19 APR 2014

I think a lot of people underestimate this leg in terms of what it can throw at you, certainly as we come out of San Francisco the first 1,000 miles you can still get some rough weather coming out the bay which should be interesting and there is going to be a lot of kite work from the get go.  We are going to have...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 11 PSP LOGISTICS PANAMA 100 CUP RACE ST...

19 APR 2014

This next race up to Panama will be very tactical, it’s going to be upwind to start with, gradually getting lighter and there will be a lot of spinnaker work. We then race to Jamaica our home port from Panama - a team has won into its home port only 3 times in the history of the race and I have told the crew ther...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 11 PSP LOGISTICS PANAMA 100 CUP RACE ST...

19 APR 2014

I have high expectations for this race – before I met the crew we knew what the points allocation would be and my plan from the beginning was to have us at the top half of the fleet by this point in the race.  40 points of the total race are available and now it is time for us to start pushing hard and pick ...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 11 PSP LOGISTICS PANAMA 100 CUP RACE STAR...

19 APR 2014

The crew and I are looking forward to upping our podium in this leg. If I said I was expecting storms and big seas I would say I am on the wrong leg but never say never! It’s going to be challenging conditions for the crew and we are going to be expecting some downwind conditions to start with and the wind will d...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 10 REPORT

14 APR 2014

We are feeling great - the Pacific was always one of the ones I wanted to tick off – the finish today was fantastic we had a brilliant kite running and the bridge was crystal clear not going under 12 knots of boat speed all day. The trip itself had its ups and downs. Early on I decided to avoid the worst of a low...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 10 REPORT

14 APR 2014

It feels great to be here, I remember San Francisco very well having come here for the 2009-10 Race, it’s a beautiful city and bay. As we came in under the Golden Gate Bridge with our spinnaker up there was no one around but then two ribs came out to see us – we thought it was probably just locals but it wa...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 10 DAY 28

14 APR 2014

70 miles to go! 70 miles left and we have successfully crossed the largest ocean on earth. I don’t think that has really set in yet, and it probably won’t for a while.  I guess it will happen at different times for different people too. The next time we look at a world map, and see the distance we have...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 10 DAY 27

13 APR 2014

Morning all! Life is looking slightly better as we are fine reaching at speed towards San Francisco. We have a great wind angle and a stiff breeze pulling us along at 12-14 knots. It is definitely time to be arriving. Mission Performance Somewhere in the North Pacific Ocean  ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 10 DAY 27

13 APR 2014

Another day closer to San Francisco! We have been making course to the finish for over 24 hours now. Thank god the wind shifted solidly, which is giving us a more solid ETA of the early on Monday 14 April. It is still upwind, and quite gusty, but we are handling it quite well with a reefed main sail, stay sail and Yank...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 10 DAY 27

13 APR 2014

'All Right'. So we are out of our 48 hour period of Stealth Mode. Did we make any great gains on the competition? Not really, we lost some miles to Mission Performance whilst we made some miles on PSP Logistics. We need to beat Mission Performance over the finish line to get eleventh place whilst we need to beat PSP Lo...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 10 REPORT

13 APR 2014

We had a couple of very good storms crossing the ocean, but we expected more storms given previous years, and we think the weather was pretty kind to us. The race was very long but the weather conditions were so variable and changed all the time which helped. The weather did a lot of motivating - there was incredible v...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 10 REPORT

13 APR 2014

It was a long race but it was not as bad as the last time I crossed the Pacific. It was nothing as bad as it could have been. I took the routing a lot further south than most of the boats which kept us out of the worst of the weather. We had a problem early on in the race and we ripped one of our spinnakers which set u...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 10 REPORT

12 APR 2014

It was very nice to go under the Golden Gate Bridge even though it was dark coming in late at night it was all lit up and very magical. The wind picked up at that moment as well and there was no fog - we had the spinnaker running on the bow, running at about 11 knots, the fastest we had sailed all day so it was beautif...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 10 DAY 26

12 APR 2014

We have just less than 12 miles to go to the Golden Gate Bridge as I type this last blog.  The light airs came in as forecast and we are flying the spinnaker like a ghost and drifting across the calm sea slowly at around 4 or 5 knots, seeking all the speed we can from Heidi. It is now dark and there is low cloud c...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 10 DAY 26

12 APR 2014

Morning all! We now have just over 400 miles to go and we are making great progress. The wind has been freeing off all day and we are currently making good speed directly towards the bridge. Although the boat is now heeled at a reasonable angle, the sea state is relatively calm meaning that the ride isn't too uncomfort...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 10 DAY 26

12 APR 2014

How frustrating is this. We sail over 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean, to get 65 miles from the finish to end up struggling to sail in under 3 knots of wind. We were aware of a large patch of light airs around the finish area as the boats ahead of us showed in the schedules. I deliberately shaped our course whilst...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 10 DAY 26

12 APR 2014

As I write this we are 3 hours away from coming out of Stealth Mode. I don’t really expect much change in our position but hopefully we have made a couple of miles up on Jamaica Get All Right and Mission Performance. The last 48 hours have painful in term of course. The wind has been coming from exactly where we ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 10 DAY 26

12 APR 2014

'All Right'. Nothing has really changed in the last 24 hours as we are still heeled over at a 30 degree angle slamming off waves and beating upwind towards San Francisco. That’s exactly what I said in yesterday’s blog and, guess what, nothing’s changed. All right, so we are a little bit closer to San ...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 10 REPORT

11 APR 2014

It feels amazing to be in San Francisco. I am really proud of the guys, it’s been a really long race – it feels like we have been racing since Singapore. It was an amazing race in so many ways, the fog when we left Qingdao the low round the south of Japan, the next low that tracked quite far south and tacti...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 10 REPORT

11 APR 2014

It’s great to be here in San Francisco for the second time in the Clipper Race, I came here in the last race and we were doing 25 knots under the Golden Gate Bridge. This time it was a little different when we got there so it’s great to have arrived. Qingdao being our home port we were very busy with the gr...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 10 DAY 25

11 APR 2014

Morning all! It’s life at an angle again as we make reasonable progress to windward. The wind is coming almost directly from the east, which is pretty much the direction we need to get to. Of course why wouldn't the wind be coming from exactly where we need to get to towards the end of a long race and after a par...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 10 DAY 25

11 APR 2014

It’s going to be another test of patience as the crew face our final hurdle on the approach to San Francisco. With only 150 miles to go it feels tantalisingly close.  We are surfing along in the high teens; the noises on deck on this clear night are joyful, whoops and cheers. Yet a patch of light airs around...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 10 DAY 25

11 APR 2014

Good morning, I have the feeling we are on the home stretch. It has been an annoying 24 hours for me as I saw our course being pushed further and further to the south, as we waited for the wind to back allowing us to sail towards the finish. Well this afternoon the wind eventually backed and built in strength, we are n...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 10 DAY 25

11 APR 2014

As we are in Stealth Mode we will keep this one brief today. After much juggling with sail combinations we have finally settled on one that seems to work for 80 percent of the varying conditions we are facing. When I say varying I mean annoying. There is nothing fun about sailing the portion of a race upwind. I think m...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 10 DAY 25

11 APR 2014

Hello world! As I write this we are 120 miles away from the finish it's 04:35 UTC or 21:37 local time. We changed the clock for the last time this afternoon and are now matching San Francisco summer time. If all goes well this will be my last blog for this race, but looking at the previous boats coming in it looks like...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 10 DAY 25

11 APR 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! Spirits are high as we make our final approach after what has been an epic leg. We've had everything from 0-80 knots of breeze from every point of the compass, sun, rain and hail, more squalls than you could shake a stick at, waves the size of houses and all the dr...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 10 DAY 25

11 APR 2014

'All Right'. Nothing has really changed in the last 24 hours as we are still heeled over at a 30 degree angle slamming off waves and beating upwind towards San Francisco. We are a good 30 degrees off course but within the next 24 hours the wind should start backing and we will get lifted onto the course for the finish ...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

"Computer Crashing" Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 25. Well I just wrote a nice long blog and the computer crashed. I am afraid therefore that this one will be short as the wind is dying and I want to get to San Francisco. It looks like the wind hole is here as forecast and unfortunately it is fore...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

We are all counting down the miles until we get into San Francisco now on Qingdao after losing in the game of dices and not having the wind fill in as fast as the other yachts. All we could do was watch them sail away and cover over 100 miles DTF (Distance to Finish) from us when we were only 20 miles away from GREAT B...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

Morning all! It's been a particularly painful 24 hours in the North Pacific Ocean. We have had very little wind and made pretty rubbish progress for the last 24 hours. We found ourselves in a large wind hole; thankfully we have managed to climb out of said hole and are wholly back on track making reasonable progress to...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

We are now out of Stealth Mode and after two days concealing our whereabouts (from the paparazzi) we have emerged a little closer to the teams ahead but without any gains or losses in the fleet positions.  Good credit to Old Pulteney for averaging 11.2 knots during their Stealth Mode and outrunning us and the wind...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

Captains blog, sailing day 163. We are just less than 40 miles from the finish line and I am expecting us to be mighty close to the line as we approach blog o'clock so here I am in the navigation station early, writing what I seriously hope to be the final blog of Leg 6.  Bearing in mind that our proximity to the ...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

Good morning, well it has been a very frustrating 24 hours on board Team Garmin. Yesterday evening the weather was as forecasted and I felt confident that we had avoided the worst of the light wind patch as a freshening north easterly breeze was allowing us to sail nicely towards the finish. I was just about to change ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

Last night the wind seemed to stiffen a little, making it pretty tough under the Yankee 1.  So, a sail change was in order for the first job of the day. Although the wind has straightened a little we find ourselves in a sailors long life battle with direction. There are 32 points in a compass, each representing a ...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

Hello world! We are closer every day, although it seems like we are going slower and slower. After being stuck for the night in another dreadful wind hole, we had the boat moving again this morning. However, not without any consequences because skipper Sean McCarter and his crew on Derry~Londonderry ~Doire sailed aroun...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! With 340 miles to go, it feels like we should almost be able to see the coast, in reality, it's the about the same distance as sailing half way around Ireland! We're not worried at the moment though with a solid 10 knots of boat speed pointed right at the Golden Ga...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

'All Right'. We are still living life at a 30 degree angle with the occasional slam off a wave whilst we beat upwind towards San Francisco. This continues to make life difficult for everyone on board but in particular for the mothers who have to battle on regardless to feed 13 hungry crew three times a day. As some mot...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 10 REPORT

10 APR 2014

We were lucky in the sense that we didn't have too much of a hard time but for the last 2 days we have had incredibly light winds which was the final part of the challenge.  We made a very early commitment to going south which helped our climb up the leaderboard. It was the first time we came out of Stealth Mode b...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 10 REPORT

10 APR 2014

We have had a very good race with Eric and Henri Lloyd, its always great to have someone to spar against. It's no fun if you are 500 miles ahead. It's a real sense of achievement. Coming out of the windhole yesterday I just couldn't see how we would claw it back. They managed to pull 15 miles on us by running inshore, ...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

"So close and yet so far" Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 24. Well we have found the wind hole. I believe the yachts around us have also found the wind hole. It will really be a question of who gets the new wind first. I was hoping it would have filled in already but alas we are struggling along at ...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

That was an unpleasant wind hole we had to get through. Watching the fleet race up to us as we sat there with no wind, you have to be a bit fatalistic as there is nothing that can be done about it. After a 5,000 mile race a restart with 300 miles to go is not what we needed. We've just got to get on with it and do the ...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

A few days ago I was taking about how we were looking for points of a knot to make pace with the lead yachts. Today we are just looking for wind. This is the first time on this leg we have sat with no wind and no boat speed. So it’s a bit more like ‘dices’ today, we have to roll ours as we have been f...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

Morning all! Conditions have really eased up over the last 24 hours as we move out of a low pressure dominated area into a high pressure area. Up until a few hours ago we were making good progress with boat speeds at around the same speed as the wind. We are now sat in just a few knots of breeze but still averaging abo...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

So we did it! Team Switzerland got naked in the North Pacific Ocean, all in the name of charity! It was a freezing grey kind of day today, the wind just freshening with an icy misty chill.  There was much hubbub in the girl’s corridor down below as we gathered in bikinis, boots and towels for warmth (it&rsqu...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

Well what can I say... I have been awake for I am not sure how long now but I do know that the last time I woke up was more than 24 hours ago. Every time I have attempted to grab some sleep the breeze has shifted, or gone, or come back so we change the sail plan, the boat seems settled and then just as I have thought i...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

So the wind hole did indeed arrive, pretty much after I finished writing my blog yesterday and has been lingering around until relatively recently when the wind finally started to fill in a little. Whether this is the beginning of the end of the hole or just a little teaser only time will tell, but we are all crossing ...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

Good morning it has been another good 24 hours on Team Garmin with both watches working hard through the night to keep the yacht moving in some light fickle winds. It was with some relief that I saw a 50 degree wind shift, the graph function on the Garmin plotter showing it very clearly, as we tightened all our sails a...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

Just over 1000 miles to go! It seems we are just around the corner; so close but so far. We are starting to feel the effects of the ‘high’ (weather system) moving in behind us. We have breeze, and we are moving... but nothing like the rest of the fleet did when they were in this area. It is sunny, very sunn...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

Hello world! Day 24 and just under 500 miles to go, we are really on the final countdown at the moment although last night it seemed that we would never make it to San Francisco. We got ourselves properly stuck in a wind hole that lasted more than 24 hours. Finally this morning at day break we got the 'Navigator' our n...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! After a pedestrian night on the progress front, the breeze filled in enough at dawn to get us moving at a slow but respectable 6 knots. This was better than what the forecast predicted so we weren't complaining but nonetheless glad to see a solid 20 knots by luncht...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

'All Right'. It's back to living life on an angle of 30 degrees as we beat upwind towards San Francisco, not quite what we were expecting as this is meant to be a mainly downwind leg. We have 950 miles to go to the finish line under the Golden Gate Bridge and according to the forecasts it is unlikely the wind is going ...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 10 DAY 23 – OCEAN SPRINT APOLOGY

09 APR 2014

Good Morning OneDLL fans... Like I said in a previous blog... "You don't score until you score". How apt I was. By now the news will have broken that as OneDLL was in contravention of the sailing instructions for Race 10. In particular, with regard to the reporting of a vessels position when crossing the "Ocean Sprint ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

Well it appears that the time is nearly nigh for our wind hole, we have been sailing along in beautiful conditions for most of the last 24 hours, but with about 80 miles to go until the time of the  minimum wind forecast in my route, the wind is definitely starting to die making for rather slow progress. I was def...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

Well not to jinx it or anything, it certainly hasn't been the North Pacific I was expecting! So far we have had two nights I would call rough, and one of those was our second night in the East China Sea! The large high pressure system building to the south of us is moving very fast. We have seen the breeze slacken off ...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

Hello World! So, close, but yet so far away. We were on the right road for setting a good time in the Ocean Sprint doing 12-16 knots, but ... Yesterday was a day of blasting down waves in gusts up to 50 knots, pelting us through the night, this morning it came all to a staggering halt, like a fuse had blown and the whi...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

Good Morning Sports Fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! Today we were treated to blue sky and sun for what feels like the first time in weeks. It's amazing the effect it had on the mood aboard; everyone was upbeat (more-so than usual that is), hatches that have been firmly shut were opened, damp clothes finally dried an...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

'All Right'. Unfortunately it looks like the weather forecast is pretty much correct with its prediction. The wind has gradually dropped and veered over the course of the last 24 hours and it is set to drop even further. At the moment we are still making reasonable progress under white sails on a beam reach but over th...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

We are in the Ocean Sprint and making better progress than a day or two ago, which is not hard but as we are in Stealth Mode that is all I am going to tell you about that! How do you measure a successful leg - do you measure it in extra points picked up (like Scoring Gates), do you measure it in fleet position or do yo...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

"A pot dodging good time" Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 23. As I write this we are just over 400 miles from the big red bridge. Today has been another brilliant day of sailing with the sun out. We started out with 30 knots of wind from the south. Then the cloud built as the dying front threat...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

A day in Stealth Mode passes much like any other day. I did find myself sleeping for a good portion of it after a tiring Ocean Sprint. As I said in my last blog I thought we did very well given the conditions we had but as expected the boats or one boat in particular had a faster run of it. Well done to OneDLL for find...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

The wind is now starting to drop as the wind band we have been sailing in for the last few days moves off and dies out. We have been lucky to be able to sail in this band for the last few days giving us good speeds that have helped the miles ticket down. We are now under 400 miles to run before San Francisco and the cr...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

Morning all! It's been a great 24 hours on board Mission Performance. The wind has been on the slightly fickle side but we have been making good progress. Over the lunchtime meeting today we discussed what the weather is expected to do over the next few days in great detail, primarily how best we might look at getting ...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 162. We are now getting tantalisingly close to San Francisco having just broken the 400 mile mark, but it’s all still to play for.  I am hoping that Eric has decided to use Stealth Mode to make a radical move back to the west, but sadly I doubt it! I think that the time we l...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 10 DAY 21

07 APR 2014

After the antics with the weather fronts and domestic appliances over the weekend, we are now unfortunately a whole weather system separated from the main fleet ahead.  This means the weather patterns we will see are going to be very different from them over the next few days.  Different could be a good or a ...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 10 DAY 21

07 APR 2014

Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 22. We have 671 miles to go to San Francisco. Well, tomorrow we will change the clocks for the final time to get onto San Francisco time. This means that we have crossed 8 time zones and the International Date Line. Today has been an epic day with 30 knots of wind fro...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 10 DAY 21

07 APR 2014

To be certain, this has not been the North Pacific I expected. I have this tingling feeling on my face that is no other but sunburn. Last night was a beautiful starry night and today was a full blue sky. This is definitely not what I was sold. I know we're not there yet but I think we're over the coldest part and my fl...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 10 DAY 21

07 APR 2014

In Formula 1 they spend millions of pounds to try and shave a second off their lap time. Here on Qingdao we are trying to find points of a knot which we have been under now for a few days, every time the new schedule comes in we work out the average boat speeds for the other yachts. Although we are slower, it’s n...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 10 DAY 21

07 APR 2014

Morning all! Today has been a bit of a better day with the wind filling in from the North West overnight last night. We have been making a great course and speed ever since. We had the remnants of a front pass over us earlier today and it was absolutely text book, with a very clear line between the low and wet rain clo...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 10 DAY 21

07 APR 2014

The past 24 hours have continued to see us make very respectable progress. We have not long completed the Ocean Sprint, posting a time 22 hours and 39 minutes.  This means our average speed for the duration of the sprint was 12.1 knots.  Looking at the weather forecast, currently it looks as if the front five...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 10 DAY 21

07 APR 2014

Clear and starry all night and blue all day, now that has got to be a rare thing indeed to say about the sky in the North Pacific, what is more, it has been really rather warm, another word not often associated with these parts. So all in all a great 24 hours, then add to that the last 24 hours were exactly the same. N...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 10 DAY 21

07 APR 2014

Well it’s still raining! I cannot remember how many days that it has been raining for, but I know that we are all fed up with it now. We had a fairly windy night with us ending up beating into up to 30 knots of wind but unusually the sea state did not build in accordance with the wind strength which allowed us to...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 10 DAY 21

07 APR 2014

Another fairly uneventful day for us here. The wind is very erratic at the moment, shifting up to 50 degrees, varying in strength from 10 to 25 knots. All of this makes it hard to settle on a sail plan that works for the varying conditions and wind strength. We are starting to tire as a crew, so the least amount of sai...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 10 DAY 21

07 APR 2014

Hello World! We are still under the cloak of the Stealth Mode until noon UTC today. We are riding the front currently and I can tell you, it's a rough ride! Somewhere tonight this should roll over and leave us with lighter winds that we have to negotiate all the way till San Francisco. It has been a fast ride and hopef...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 10 DAY 21

07 APR 2014

Good morning sports fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! Another day in 'The Greyness'. It's no wonder nobody lives out here...it would drive you to depression! Maybe I'm exaggerating, one of the crew did shout out it was sunny from deck, I glanced up from the hatch and a better description might have been that it got a ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 10 DAY 21

07 APR 2014

'All Right'. The weather isn't being too kind to us at the moment. Don't get me wrong we have plenty of wind and from well behind the beam, in fact that is the problem because it is dead astern. This leaves us with two choices sail south east or sail north east when fact we want to go due east. For the moment we are go...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

"Remember you don't score until you score" Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 21. Well we have passed the 1,000 miles to go mark with approximately 954 miles to go as I write this. We also did a whopping 149 miles in the last 12 hours. We are making good progress under white sails with a strong southe...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

We have begun the Ocean Sprint. We have also passed the 900 mile to finish mark, so really we will be sprinting for the next 900 miles. If not with speed then at least with intent. Today has been a beautiful day on deck. The sun has been out all day and there has been very little water over the deck, just enough that y...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

Good news - I found the sweets. The bad news - the navigation station needs an extra clean today – In other news - We had to put a reef in and change a headsail this morning as the wind built, and now on more a close haul than a reach. We still have ok boat speeds and are holding against the lead yachts but not s...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

Morning all! After a reasonable night and day of sailing we are now sat in a windless area making at best, 0.5 knots boat speed. I am hopeful that we will see the wind pick up soon as the weather systems move further eastwards so that we can be on our way again. If this keeps up for too much longer it will really confo...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

So you are wondering how life is in the hoover (see yesterday’s blog)?  Well the fluff continued overnight with boat speed and progress up and down constantly.  In a final cruel twist what wind we do have is now coming from the south east so giving us headwinds, meaning we can't point directly towards S...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

We have had some quieter times over the last 24 hours. We managed to keep some pace over night with the white sails, but as the wind eased off it was inevitable that "Bruce" (lightweight kite) would once show his face to come and play. Since then we have made some progress toward the goal with a slowly building breeze ...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

Is it fog?  No.  Is it mist?  No.  Is it rain?  No.  Is it drizzle? No...its Fomirizzle! The current prevailing conditions that we have been experiencing recently have led me to invent this new form of weather terminology. Simon Rowell (the Clipper Race's weather guru) - you heard it here ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

Indecision has to be the word of the day, both on behalf of the wind and on behalf of the crew of the good ship GREAT Britain. We had a lovely night’s sailing with the wind repeatedly veering enough to set us off scurrying around the deck in preparation for hoisting the spinnaker, only for it to back enough for i...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

Day 21 and we are in Stealth Mode, you know what that means. That means our boat is not moving for 48 hours and after that it makes a giant leap forward. So we are not telling you where we are, what we are planning to do and so on, but have I got some other facts for you. So far our average speed on this race is 9.9 kn...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

Good Morning Sports Fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! After an extremely poor day progress-wise yesterday, the breeze filled in again with a vengeance this morning. We currently have 35 to 40 knots blasting us right at the Golden Gate Bridge at speeds of 10 to 15 knots. As I type we have exactly 1,085 miles to go and ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

'All Right'. I was going to start my blog today with '25 shades of blue' because that is how it had been all day with the sea and sky being lots of different hues of blue and no North Pacific grey in sight anywhere. That was until the warm front of the approaching weather system caught us up and everything turned to gr...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

Morning, I am writing this at 45 degrees as we are currently beating into 30 to 40 knots of wind, with very heavy and cold rain which is making conditions on deck very unpleasant. We have had nearly every sail flying in the last 24 hours. The only ones we haven't seen are the windseeker, and the heavyweight spinnaker w...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 10 DAY 19

05 APR 2014

"How many lives does a Phoenix have?" Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 20. We are approximately 1,229 miles from San Francisco and have had quite an eventful couple of hours. The wind veered and died yesterday. We put up "The Phoenix” (the medium weight spinnaker) and were going along for hours...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 10 DAY 19

05 APR 2014

Conditions have changed a bit since this morning. The fog has lifted into rain clouds, and the breeze has built out of the south. It is possible that this front that we have been trying to outrun for the last couple days may be catching up with us. We've made some good miles in the last day and currently have 1,150 mil...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 10 DAY 19

05 APR 2014

Most of the last day has seen me sat in the navigation station looking at weather files, GRIBS and streamline plots, basically every bit of information sent to us by Simon Rowell, the Clipper Race meteorologist, to try and work out a tactical plan for the last 1,000 miles into San Francisco and regain lost miles. I am ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 10 DAY 19

05 APR 2014

Morning all! It's been a great 24 hours of sailing. The wind has been rather shifty though so the guys have been working hard swapping between spinnaker and Yankee as the wind moves forward and aft of the beam. I think literally every watch there has been at least one change. All the hoists and drops have been going ve...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 10 DAY 19

05 APR 2014

Its' been a damp and depressing start to our day (your evening for the European followers) as the wind has died off completely but the drizzle and misty conditions continue.  The poor spinnaker is hanging wet and bedraggled down from the masthead, there is not a breath to fill it.  Boat speed reads “0.0...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 10 DAY 19

05 APR 2014

Another day rolls by in the mighty North Pacific Ocean as we continue to go about our business of racing a yacht across it. So here I am sitting in the navigation station, it’s just gone 19:00 Invest Africa time and I am scratching my head wondering what to write about today.  It's been almost three weeks si...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 10 DAY 19

05 APR 2014

So, our conservative sail plan overnight in the fog has cost us dearly, with our arch nemesis Henri Lloyd managing to take 20 miles out of our lead, leaving us with a slender and ever diminishing 10 mile distance to finish difference as I write. Thankfully though, visibility has improved throughout the afternoon and we...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 10 DAY 19

05 APR 2014

Good morning, we are still making good progress towards San Francisco, although early today we did manage to sail into a very light patch of wind, which slowed us down for several hours. The weather forecast did show an area of lighter winds ahead but we felt that we should just be behind them as they moved north eastw...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 10 DAY 19

05 APR 2014

Is a heavyweight kite bullet proof? The answer is probably... But I can tell you what it is not proof... A fouled sheet on a gybe in 10 knots of wind with a perfectly timed 30 knot squall. This happened on board PSP Logistics last night - the tackline let go by itself immediately after the gybe so we did not have...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 10 DAY 19

05 APR 2014

Hello World! Wow, another stunning 24 hours has passed, while the 'Navigator’ (the nickname for our yacht) ploughed through the waves of the North Pacific Ocean. Even though the visibility in the daytime is reduced by fog and haze, the night still gave us a bit of moonlight for a while. We were able to sail ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 10 DAY 19

05 APR 2014

Good Morning Sports Fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! It has been a frustrating day of light winds and sloppy seas. We peeled to our lightweight kite this morning and were going nicely for an hour or so before the wind backed so much that we had to drop and hoist our Yankee 1. We then made reasonable progress for anot...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 10 DAY 19

05 APR 2014

'All Right'. We dropped the spinnaker just before dark last night and ran through the night with full mainsail, staysail and Yankee 2 headsail. There was no particular reason for dropping the spinnaker though, at the time, we were reaching the upper end of its limit with regard to wind strength. There was nothing in th...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 10 DAY 18

04 APR 2014

"Ode to the moon" Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 19. Well we have approximately 1,472 miles to go to San Francisco. Today has been rather pleasant with the wind slowly veering and getting weaker. As it does, the sea state is calming down, however the sky remains fifty shades of grey. We are hoping ...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 10 DAY 18

04 APR 2014

We have passed the 1,500 mile to finish mark, and the great circle course is now 090 degrees so not long until we'll finally be turning south. The biggest change really is that the visibility has dropped down to very poor in fog. The nice sun we had yesterday has abandoned us and been replaced with that fine mist that ...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 10 DAY 18

04 APR 2014

The first line of this report must go to Rich Gould, skipper of Invest Africa for yesterday’s Gareth vs machine, nicked from his report the day before. It was a slow day. After gaining on the lead yachts a few days back, we have been unable to get Qingdao back into a groove and have lost over 15 miles to most of ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 10 DAY 18

04 APR 2014

Morning all! It’s been a pretty relaxed 24 hours of sailing out here. The wind and sea have calmed down a lot giving us easy conditions with the wind just on the beam for most of the day. The wind has now shifted far enough aft to hoist the spinnaker which is now pulling us along nicely. With only a few days left...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 10 DAY 18

04 APR 2014

The weather is being particularly tricky looking ahead.  There are wind holes, cold fronts, windless high pressures and windy low pressures spring up out of nowhere that all need negotiating to get to San Francisco. Not to mention trying to out-smart and out-sail the other boats in the fleet – phew! It's goi...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 10 DAY 18

04 APR 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 158. Another relatively straight forwards day aboard the good ship Invest Africa.  We are still making good speed to the east, the sea state has calmed, although there is still a sizable swell rolling and the wind is still with us, for now. The high pressure off the US west coast ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 10 DAY 18

04 APR 2014

Oh no, the grey has returned! After a gorgeous moonlit night of sailing, the Pacific slowly started to turn all grey again this morning as a dense area of advection fog slowly descended upon us. This isn’t the beautiful kind of fog that you see rolling off the cliffs as you walk along Beachy Head in Eastbourne ...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 10 DAY 18

04 APR 2014

Good morning from a very grey and wet North Pacific. We have had another productive 24 hours on Team Garmin, seeing a respectable amount of miles taken off the distance to finish.It has been an interesting time with the weather and especially the wind giving us a nasty surprise. We have been reaching nicely for a coupl...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 10 DAY 18

04 APR 2014

It has been very plain sailing for the last 24 hours. We stuck to our plan of white sails overnight to give the crew and myself a little break, and re-hoisted the kite in a very smooth fashion this morning. We try to plan our evolutions around the watch change as it is much easier to haul the big sails in and out of th...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 10 DAY 18

04 APR 2014

Hello World! A day the same as the previous one, wind about the same, a touch lighter, so another sail change (our one per day quota). The other slight difference is that the fog is starting to enclose on us. another 1,550 milesto go, before the bridge will loom above us the 'Navigator' (the nickname for our boat) is s...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 10 DAY 18

04 APR 2014

Good Morning Sports Fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! Another reasonably quiet day with breeze dropping off a little and going aft enough for us to get a kite up. Looks like the next day or so will be calm enough for us to catch up on some maintenance. There is at least one broken batten in the mainsail and several ot...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 10 DAY 18

04 APR 2014

'All Right'. Well we managed to get away from our 'Groundhog Day' and did something different today. We put the medium weight spinnaker up and after a slow start it is now pulling us along very nicely in a moderate south westerly wind and flat sea. In the early hours of this morning the wind died and veered as the warm...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 18. As I write this we have approximately 1,746 miles to go to San Francisco. We have had another great day of sailing with steady winds from the south, south west. We must be getting closer as we are not at the apex of our great circle route. It is a long apex but so...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

Another day down on our journey to San Francisco. The wind has hardly changed these past 24 hours. We continue to plug away and count down the passing miles. We now have about 1,725 miles to go. Although we are making good miles, nobody wants to jinx us by discussing possible arrival dates. We seem to be slipping behin...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

This will be day 157 of sending a report for me and sometimes the hardest job of the day after many months at sea is finding something to talk about when writing a skipper report each day. Life has been easy for the last few days with two sails, and reaching in good speeds, so not a lot for a skipper to do. This means ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

Morning all! It's been a rather wet and dreary 24 hours on board Mission Performance. We have had persistent rain and fog all day and all of last night meaning that on deck is a very wet place to be! The wind is pretty good and even though we can only fly our storm jib off the front of the boat at the moment, we are go...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

The sky today has been covered with a dense grey haze.  Looking out of the back of the boat as the afternoon was drawing in, the low sunlight circled through the haze with a definite yellow glow.  I guess when the sea and sky are grey and all the landscape is devoid of colour, you can truly see the colour of ...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 157. As far as sailing goes it has been quite straight forward.  We have managed to be far enough east to stay ahead of the front associated with the next low pressure system so the wind has been stable in both strength and direction. The team have been doing a good job at keeping...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

Today I am a little lacking in inspiration as things are pretty much the same as they were yesterday at this time. That I suppose is a good thing really, it means the wind has remained constant, in fact whilst on that subject, we have had some of the most constant wind that we have seen all race. There was one point la...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

Morning, I am happy to say that there is not much to report on Team Garmin except that we have a fairly straightforward 24 hours sailing which has seen us make good progress towards the finish. We have been reaching with the Yankee staysail and mainsail in a steady 25 to 35 knots of breeze and have held a steady course...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

Last night saw the wind increase to a breezy 30 knots from the south. We were running our heavyweight kite into the night and it became a little sporty to say the least with the new wind direction crossing the established seaway. Around 22:00 last night I got myself up on deck to take over the helm, and although the wi...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

Hello World! What a gorgeous day it has been. We are skimming the high pressure area on a constant isobaric pressure, giving us constant wind from the same direction with a nice sea state. After sailing through the night under a slight conservative sail plan we enlarged our sail area this morning and kept the pace goin...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

'All Right'. Our 'Groundhog Day' lived up to its name and absolutely nothing new or exciting happened that was different from the day before... or was it the day after? The wind stayed much the same with a few ups and downs, the sail plan stayed much the same with a couple of small tweaks and the course and speed staye...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

Good Morning Sports Fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! Another good day with stable conditions and high averages. We've had reef one in and out a couple of times and eventually did a headsail change after lunch but other than that it's been plain sailing. We were discussing the procedure for the headsail change during ...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 10 DAY 16

02 APR 2014

"North Pacific Champagne sailing... records will be broken" Good Morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 17. To clear this up we left on the 16 March and it is now 2 April. We also had the 30 March twice as we crossed the International Date Line...as such it has to be 17 days at sea! As I write this we are doing...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 10 DAY 16

02 APR 2014

It has been another pretty uneventful day. I was able to use the morning to catch up on some sleep as the last few days have been pretty busy and I reckon my sleep debt was reaching its limit. The conditions have moderated a lot, especially the sea state, making for much gentler sailing. As I was still pretty tired and...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 10 DAY 16

02 APR 2014

Good news here on Qingdao 1. I have found my hat which I have owned for six years. Lucky I found it as I put up my hot water bottle as a reward to find it.2. Its jacket spud day Speeds and heading have been up and down over the day, last night we saw the wind easy off for us to change headsails and get a better angle a...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 10 DAY 16

02 APR 2014

Morning all! The weather has calmed down considerably from the rather strong conditions that we had the other night. We had a brilliant sail with full main and Yankee 2 but the wind gradually started to build again meaning that we had to change down to our storm jib in lieu of our Yankee 3 as a weak front passed overhe...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 10 DAY 16

02 APR 2014

The Pacific is a vast ocean, bordered by countries with extremes of culture and climates.  These can present a variety of potential hazards for a seagoing yacht as I found out today.  The Sat C system, that sends the boats oceanic weather information and navigation warnings, piped up with a series of mes...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 10 DAY 16

02 APR 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 156. A little more sail has been the order of the day.  We are now power reaching towards San Francisco.  It's certainly a welcome change after the past few days of running deep on the breeze.  Invest Africa is now happily surfing along towards the Golden Gate Bridge.&nb...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 10 DAY 16

02 APR 2014

So after all the excitement of the previous 24 hours and the thankfully safe recovery of Andrew Taylor back onto Derry~Londonderry~Doire, I am very pleased to report an exceptionally uneventful 24 hours! We have had excellent sailing wind which has gradually backed meaning that overnight we could finally start pointing...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 10 DAY 16

02 APR 2014

Good morning. We have been making good progress on Team Garmin. Yesterday we were waiting for the wind to start shifting so we could gybe on to starboard tack and start reaching due east. Using the Garmin Plotter detailed graph function, (I am really starting to love this bit of equipment), we could see the wind swingi...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 10 DAY 16

02 APR 2014

What a cracking night of sailing! Just after lunch we were storming along with the lightweight kite up, kicking along at 12 to 15 knots constantly. We switched out our Yankee 1 for a smaller headsail whilst flying the kite in preparation for a bit of wind from the impending warm front chasing us down. The plan was to t...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 10 DAY 16

02 APR 2014

Hello World! Another day closer to San Francisco, 2,100 miles to go and we are already on day 17 from our race from Qingdao. Last night has been a pleasant night with the wind lightening a bit. This made us change the sails to have maximum canvas. We lost a bit on our nearest competitors, but will have the benefit...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 10 DAY 16

02 APR 2014

Good Morning Sports Fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire! I am happy to report that all is well aboard and things are back to normal, well, as far as normal goes with 17 people on a 70-foot yacht racing through the North Pacific! I was pleasantly surprised to see the smiling face of round the world crew member Andrew Tayl...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 10 DAY 16

02 APR 2014

'All Right'. Well we are still storming along with 25 to 30 knots of wind just behind the beam. The occasional wave climbs on board and gives everyone a good dousing but otherwise the sea state is quite reasonable. The boat feels well balanced and fast so all is good. Occasionally it feels like we could do with changin...

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ONE DLL - OLLY COTTERELL - RACE 10 DAY 15

01 APR 2014

 "Sailing in the Sun?!"  Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 18... I think. it gets a bit confusing with this extra day! Well the conditions have moderated and we are currently approximately 2,313 miles from San Francisco.  Well after the previous day’s events we have been taking it...

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HENRI LLOYD - ERIC HOLDEN - RACE 10 DAY 15

01 APR 2014

Not too much to report today, which after yesterday and the events on the other yachts it is nice to have little to report. We are very glad to hear that everyone on Derry~Londonderry~Doire is ok after their ordeal that we never hope to experience.  The wind has moderated a lot but there was still the odd squall t...

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QINGDAO - GARETH GLOVER - RACE 10 DAY 15

01 APR 2014

At home, sometimes all we talk about is the weather and it’s the same here. The weather has abated and winds are around the 25 knot mark but the sea state is still too much for us to hold a kite as the swell knocks us back and forth. So we are making the best speeds we can under headsails and mainsail but are goi...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MATT MITCHELL - RACE 10 DAY 15

01 APR 2014

Morning all! It turned out to be a very eventful night with storm force winds, mountainous seas, and rather a lot of excitement on deck including one of the crew going over the side of the boat, thankfully tethered on.  As always everything that goes wrong happens at once, I was downstairs at the navigation statio...

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SWITZERLAND - VICKY ELLIS - RACE 10 DAY 15

01 APR 2014

I'm sure the other skippers are spinning some tall April fools tales in their blogs today, I'm going to enjoy reading them!  But in today's blog I wanted to look at a human element, without which most of us wouldn't be here.  I'm talking about those who have inspired us.  The people who entered our lives...

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INVEST AFRICA - RICH GOULD - RACE 10 DAY 15

01 APR 2014

Captain’s blog, sailing day 155.  Considering that we are north of 40 degrees in the Pacific Ocean we have had a relatively sedate 24 hours aboard Invest Africa.  The only change to the sail plan has been shaking out the second reef, and course wise we did gybe last night when we though the shift had ar...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 10 DAY 15

01 APR 2014

Well wouldn’t you know it, after sailing 3,755 miles we just had Invest Africa cross 0.6 miles (1.1km) in front of us. It really is quite amazing after all these miles of varying weather, different sail plans and quite different routes, that we find ourselves in the middle of the North Pacific, in 5,000 metres of...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 10 DAY 15

01 APR 2014

Good morning, it has been a very pleasant day on board Team Garmin, with some nice downwind sailing conditions, with blue skies and some sun.  We have been making steady progress since the last storm passed and have been enjoying sailing in 20 to 30 knots of wind trying to get the best boat speed without hoisting ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 10 DAY 15

01 APR 2014

 We finally managed it - at the halfway point of the race, we sailed 24 hours under kite. I must say, when you have one kite that is 100 per cent functional, you do sail more conservatively with it at night. However, yesterday after noon and last night was magical sailing,sunny blue skies and a clear starry night....

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - PETE STIRLING - RACE 10 DAY 15

01 APR 2014

'All Right'. The weather over the last 24 hours has panned out pretty much exactly as forecasted and we were able to carry full mainsail and Yankee 1 headsail overnight with the wind just behind the beam. The sea state was a little too confused to risk putting up our medium weight spinnaker particularly with the night ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 10 DAY 15: REPORT ON MAN OVERBOARD INCI...

01 APR 2014

Sean has not filed his normal daily report, with the Clipper Race's permission; he has had his hands rather full. Sean and the team did an incredible job yesterday and the Clipper Race does not underestimate the impact of dealing with such an incident will have on everyone.  Andrew Taylor is making good progress; ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SEAN MCCARTER - RACE 10 DAY 15

01 APR 2014

Here is an uipdated skipper report from Sean McCarter. After a dramatic day yesterday I am both happy and relieved to report that all the crew are healthy and in good spirits.  Yesterday morning the breeze was easing off after a fairly heavy night and we decided to unhank the Yankee 2 from the foredeck and hank on...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 10 DAY 15

01 APR 2014

Hello World! Well, where to start today? First of all congratulations to Derry~Londonderry~Doire for recovering their Man Overboard in immensely harsh conditions. I hope Andrew will recover well and soon, Also for OneDLL to come to the rescue back into the storm… True seamanship!  Yesterday I got the shock ...

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OLD PULTENEY - PATRICK VAN DER ZIJDEN - RACE 10 DAY 15

01 APR 2014

Hello World! Well, where to start today? First of all congratulations to Derry~Londonderry~Doire for recovering their Man Overboard in immensely harsh conditions. I hope Andrew will recover well and soon, Also for OneDLL to come to the rescue back into the storm… True seamanship! Yesterday I got the shock of my ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SIMON TALBOT - RACE 10 DAY 14

31 MAR 2014

This will be a bit of a short blog I am afraid as we have had a pretty full on 24 hours. After the front finally passed yesterday, the long awaited north westerly airflow arrived and boy did it pack a punch, for much of the night we were running with a tiny sail plan and 50 knots of average wind, with regular gusts to ...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN RIDD - RACE 10 DAY 14

31 MAR 2014

Morning all. Well after a night of heavy winds and very confused sea we final were able to take down the storm jib  and put up the Yankee 3, which has served us well as the wind came further aft we shook out a reef and have  been sailing comfortably downwind in 30 to 40 knots of breeze. The sea state surprisi...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS HOLLIS - RACE 10 DAY 14

31 MAR 2014

Last night the attempt to fly the kite was abandone