​Nasdaq Completes Leg 1 Team Arrivals

25 September 2017

At 07:39:30 UTC (04:39:30 local time) on Monday 25 September, Nasdaq became the twelfth and final Clipper Race team to cross the Atlantic Trade Winds Leg 1 Finish Line t in Punta del Este Harbour, Dirección Nacional de Hidrografía.

Nasdaq was lit up by a beautiful sunrise as it entered the harbour to a warm welcome from fellow Clipper Race crew, supporters, and representatives from the Yacht Club Punta del Este.

For Nasdaq, the longest ever individual race was particularly long, with the team finishing 36 days after setting off from Liverpool, UK. Round the world crew member, Damien Egan, 32, from Darwin, Australia, said: “It was long, as was suggested. But I didn’t realise just how long that would be. It was a long race.

“We hit some slow patches during the race but caught some wind and shot down the coast at the end, so that was good.”

Following the successful medevac of crew member Dave Harries to Mindelo, São Vicente, in Cape Verde, for suspected DVT, Nasdaq spent much of its race geographically close to Greenings, but fell behind during the Doldrums Corridor.

Despite its position on the leader board, team morale remained high throughout the 6,400 nautical mile race. Skipper Rob Graham commented: “I’ve seen a huge improvement with the crew, and we have had a great time, too.”

With the entire Clipper Race fleet now in Punta del Este, crew will be able to enjoy a host of events and activities scheduled for the Stopover, starting with a traditional Uruguayan Asado (BBQ) at Foundation Pablo Atchugarry, a Sculpture Park close to the Yacht Club Punta del Este.

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