​Race 6 Update: HotelPlanner.com Penalty

20 January 2018

CV23 HotelPlanner.com has retrospectively been given a 6 hour time penalty for breaching the 2 nautical mile exclusion zone as stated in the Clipper Race Course Instructions for Race 6.

At 1130 UTC on Tuesday 16 January, HotelPlanner.com breached the 2nm exclusion zone by passing within approximately 1.75nm of Snare Rocks off the coast of Mackay, Queensland. A full declaration of the breach was made by the Skipper on the official Post-Race Declaration document and handed to the Race Office upon arrival in the Whitsundays. This information was subsequently put forward to the Clipper Race Committee, who was unanimous in its decision to retrospectively apply the 6 hour time penalty.

Clipper Race Director Mark Light says: “Full credit must go to the Skipper and team of HotelPanner.com for acknowledging and declaring the breach, but in the interests of safety and fair play, the application of the time penalty is absolutely the correct decision.”

The net result of the time penalty means that HotelPlanner.com will now be recorded as finishing in eleventh position at 15:06:16 local time (05:06:16 UTC) Wednesday 17 January and CV31 Nasdaq will change to tenth position for Race 6. The overall Race standings have been updated.

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