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The Clipper Race fleet will now arrive in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland from 23-24 June.
Due to four different weather systems affecting the fleet in the 2850 mile transatlantic crossing, the current leader Jamaica Get All Right, if it maintains an average speed of 7 knots, is expected to arrive in Derry-Londonderry midday on Monday 23 June. The rest of the fleet is expected to arrive by late Tuesday 24 June.
Race Director, Justin Taylor, explains the synoptic systems which are affecting the fleet’s progress:
“The weather is very complicated at the moment with four different weather systems affecting the fleet. There is low pressure over the Iberian Peninsula and also a low north west of this centred south of Greenland.
“There is high pressure south west of the fleet and of course high pressure to the north east over Ireland which is giving the UK warm weather at the moment. The fleet is generally sandwiched between all four systems where there is light fluky wind and probably will be so for at least a further 24 to 36 hours. This will produce low boat speeds. As they head further east, the yachts will encounter headwinds and will have to beat for the final 1000 miles.”
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