Zhuhai Update

20 January 2020

UPDATE

Monday 20 January 2020

It has been confirmed that Wendy Tuck will be skippering the Zhuhai team for all three races of Leg 5 and the first race of Leg 6.

As Zhuhai Skipper, Wendy will be leading the team from the Whitsundays, Australia to Sanya, China (Race 6), Sanya to Subic Bay, Philippines (Race 7), Subic Bay to Zhuhai, China (Race 8) and Zhuhai to Qingdao, China (Race 9).

A permanent replacement will be announced at a later date.

Monday 13 January 2020

Clipper 2017-18 Race winning Skipper, Wendy Tuck will take over as interim Clipper Race Skipper of Zhuhai, to lead the team from the Whitsundays to Sanya. This follows the departure of Skipper Nick Leggatt, who is leaving the role in Airlie Beach. A permanent replacement will be announced at a later date.

Wendy Tuck, from Sydney, Australia, has over 170,000 nautical miles in her log book, and became the first woman to win a round the world yacht race when she lifted the Clipper Race trophy in August 2018.

This will be the third edition of the Clipper Race that Wendy, affectionately known as Wendo, has been involved in. She took part in the 2015-16 edition as Skipper of Da Nang Viet Nam and then worked as Chief Instructor and Principal of the former Clipper Race training base in Sydney. She then returned as a Skipper of Sanya Serenity Coast in the 2017-18 edition, winning the overall competition.

Since leaving that winning summer in 2018, Wendy sailed 17,000nm with an all female crew on board Maiden from Sri Lanka to Los Angeles, the ARC and Las Palmas to Cape Verde then St Lucia, which her team won. Most recently, Wendy competed in her 13th Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, where her team finished third in its division.

Wendy Tuck will join the Zhuhai team in the Whitsundays ahead of Leg 5 which first sees the teams race from the Whitsundays to Sanya. The fleet is currently berthed at the Coral Sea Marina Resort in Airlie Beach following the conclusion of Race 5 and ahead of the start Race 6, on 18 January to Sanya, China.

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