Race 2: Hundred Years Cup is ON

15 September 2023

Race 2: Hundred Years Cup is on.

Image: Race Start in Puerto Sherry

After some rest and recuperation in Puerto Sherry, it was time for the fleet to embark on the first ocean crossing of the race, which will bring with it some really testing conditions. Following some emotional goodbyes on the docks, the fleet performed its Parade of Sail and then headed to the start line with crowds on the docks to watch the action.

Image: Race 2 Start

Image: Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Image: Dare To Lead and Bekezela

As the race started, the sun shone and the fleet enjoyed some amazing racing conditions. Mark Light, Race Director sums up the start from on the water:

“It is a stunning day on the water with lovely conditions. The sun came out for the fleet for the start of Race 2. There was a south-south westerly breeze of about 15 knots, which is perfect for the start. It was a very very competitive start with lots of supporters on the start line and it’s great to get the fleet off to Punta del Este.

“I know Dare To Lead had a really good start across the line and the boats looked great powered up. Once the teams crossed the start line they started to get into their stride and bunch up a little bit. It looked like really good racing from the committee vessel. The conditions were really perfect for our Clipper 70s- a fast start and a clean start.”

First over the line was Dare To Lead, followed by UNICEF and then Perseverance.

Currently in first is Race 1 winners Perseverance, but with many tactical decisions to make, it's all to play for in this 30+day race across the Atlantic to Punta del Este. Follow the fleet on the Race Viewer.

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