​Nasdaq Claims Eighth Place

19 October 2017

Nasdaq has won the ‘Most Improved Award’ for Race 2: Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms.

The team has finished in eighth place, after crossing the finish line in Cape Town at 10:28:13 UTC.

After arriving into the V&A Waterfront, Skipper Rob Graham said: “That was hard, but enjoyable.

“After Leg 1, we had a point to prove and I think we did that. Slightly disappointed to have lost out on some potential places right at the end but we’ve had a great time and we’re a race team. It’s given everyone a boost, we had a great time out there.”

IMAGE: Nasdaq shortly after crossing the finish line in Cape Town.

The result in Cape Town is a huge improvement for Nasdaq, who finished the opening race from Liverpool, UK, to Punta del Este, Uruguay, in last place, four days after line honours winner Sanya Serenity Coast.

After a slow start out of Uruguay, Nasdaq fought back to be in the main pack, peaking numerous times in sixth place on the leader board. The team was neck-in-neck with Qingdao for much of the latter part of the race, but couldn’t overtake the crimson dragon boat, which finished sixth at 05:54:47 local time.

IMAGE: Nasdaq team photo after finishing eighth in Cape Town.

Nasdaq circumnavigator and Doctor from Colorado Alexandra Weaver commented: “It was great we had such a great trip. It was very wet and very, very cold for a while but the last couple of days have been great. We had great sailing it was so much fun, it was excellent.

“It was such tight racing at the end. We are really happy with how we did, we are really happy with the improvement. So, next time, another four places up the fleet, maybe another eight places up!”

IMAGE: Nasdaq celebrates after completing Race 2: The Stormhoek Race to The Cape of Storms.

Damien Egan from Darwin, Australia, is also taking part in the full circumnavigation and added: “It was really good. It was really, really quick this time, we were absolutely flying at some points. So yeah, happy days. We got some great speeds.”

HotelPlanner.com is expected to take out ninth place later this afternoon, and should be followed across the line by GREAT Britain. For full details about the estimated arrival times, please visit the Clipper Race Website.

You can also follow the progress of the four teams still racing on the Clipper Race Viewer.

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