Denouement in Route du Rhum race for Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
22 November 2014
Clipper Race Founder and Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has made ground on second-placed boat and is only 15 miles behind in the battle for the two remaining Rhum class podium places in the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe.
Sir Robin is off the North West coast of Guadeloupe and has 42 miles to go having made up ground on Andrea Mura on Vento di Sardenga. Sir Robin, on his Open 60, Grey Power, is making 6.2 knots having held onto third position, with Wilfrid Clerton on Cap Au Cap Location in fourth 46 miles behind.
Since he was north of the Cape Verde Islands nine days ago Sir Robin has reeled in 200 miles on Mura.
The key to the remaining podium places will be the final 45 miles around the west of the island, fighting through the calms which are created by the high land blanketing the prevailing E'ly trade winds.
Sir Robin is currently in around 19 knots of wind, with squalls.
Sir Robin sent a short blog Saturday morning.
"Torn reacher down and almost stowed away. I am easing gently down the coast towards the buoy close inshore off Basse Terre, about 18 miles away, and it is very calm in there so this could be a long day."
Last night, Sir Robin told BBC News Channel's Chris Eakin: "I have to hold Wilfrid Clerton off.
"Any one of us could come second, third or fourth and that makes very exciting racing. There is everything to go for.
"There have been good times and bad times but on balance I have enjoyed it. It has been great fun, I have loved doing it and I have enjoyed the competition."
He has been at sea racing for 19 days, 21 hours as of 10am GMT Saturday.
Updates will be posted here on the Clipper Race site.
Current ETA into Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe, is Saturday 3.30pm local time (GMT-4).
You can track Sir Robin and Grey Power here on the official race tracker. It updates every six minutes.
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