Prizes awarded for OneDLL Cup in Den Helder, The Netherlands

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Henri Lloyd has received the plate for the OneDLL cup at a prizegiving event in Willemsoord, Den Helder.

Second-placed Old Pulteney and third-placed Switzerland also collected their pennants for Race 15 from Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland to Den Helder, The Netherlands.

The prizes were handed out by Odd Wagner, Vice Mayor of Den Helder, Jan Kusters, executive board member of De Lage Landen, and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, chairman and founder of the Clipper Race.

The prizegiving was followed by a party with tunes from DJ Oscar Bigalow.

The win is Henri Lloyd’s ninth podium overall and Canadian skipper Eric Holden and his crew have secured enough points to be unbeatable in the series. They will look forward to being crowned champions of the Clipper 2013-14 Race in London on 12 July. 

Eric said: “We knew we were in a good position going into the race, but that anything could happen. 

“It was a very stressful race with wind holes, strong tides, busy shipping lanes and oil rigs to look out for.

"For us, the race really did finish here. This win is what we wanted. It is a relief to be over. The last race will be tricky with all the sandbars and tides that go on in the Thames Estuary, and so we wanted the race to be over in Den Helder and that’s what happened.” 

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “It was an extremely interesting race to watch as the boats were so close they could see each other. That rarely happens, and they navigated the Pentland Firth well, which is notorious for being extremely nasty with its very strong tides.” 

“Well done to all the crews who are so near to completing their circumnavigation now.”

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