It’s here: Race 3 start day!

Crew are already down at the V&A Waterfront this morning to make final preparations and clear immigration before their scheduled departure jus after mid-day local time (1000 UTC)

"I have had a fantastic time in our home port of Cape Town," said Louise Thomas, a round-the-world crew member aboard IchorCoal. "I am feeling a mix of emotions, excited but also apprehensive about what's to come...we are raring to go."

This is the big one, the Southern Ocean leg, named by our destination host port of Albany the ‘Wardan Whip’. The name is inspired from the traditional Noongar language which means ‘Ocean of Southern Winds’. You can read more here.

Fred Motka is a London based aid worker who has joined PSP Logistics here in Cape Town for the Southern Ocean leg. He said: "I am looking forward to helming in the big waves. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to feel the boat as it's surfing down a huge wave; the ultimate bucket list adventure."

Weather forecasts suggest a challenging breeze out in Table Bay once the fleet emerges from the wind shadow of Table Mountain this afternoon for the start at 1530 local time (1330 UTC).

Follow regular updates via Twitter @ClipperRace and we hope to provide live video via Periscope from the departure ceremony at 1000 UTC.

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