While this might be the homeward bound leg, there is plenty of racing still to be had.With more individual races, an Atlantic crossing and homecoming, this is one of the most sought after legs on the race.
The weather might be mixed but the competition is hot – with teams battling it out for the final race points.The first race takes you north and a check of the sea temperature will tell you when your racing yacht is getting a helping push from the Gulf Stream. A further check will tell you when it gives way to the cooler Labrador Current and the mixture in sea water often produces unpredictable fog banks.The race heads north east, parallel with the shores of Nova Scotia, to one of the many Atlantic ports and you had better be braced for the warmest of Caledonian welcomes.
From Canada, the second race of Leg 8 gets underway as the final dash across the Atlantic begins. The route will have one waypoint to avoid any risk from ice and will take your close to the Flemish Cap, a fishing ground made famous in the book and film, The Perfect Storm.
It’s a 2,000-mile blast back towards Europe and, to welcome you, the finish line promises a great reception. With your odyssey almost over, it’s a great place to gather your thoughts and put your achievements into perspective.But still the challenges come thick and fast. In three of the last four editions of the Clipper Race the overall winner had still to be decided at this point and the final miles have all the pressure of extra time in the World Cup final. Although it’s not just the winners who receive a hero’s welcome...