Clipper Race drama

Jan 2, 2006
Author: P&S

Day 2 of the next leg of the 2005/06 Clipper Round the World Yacht race between Fremantle and Singapore brought more drama. Yesterday, within hours of the start one of the yachts, Cardiff, had to return to Fremantle to make repairs to her rudder. Cardiff was still in the port today having repairs completed and hopes to rejoin the race shortly.

The other drama came today with Glasgow having to divert to Geraldton, a small harbour up the West Australian coast, to allow one of the crew, Denise Mellor to receive proper medial treatment after she sustained a suspected fracture to her arm after a fall below decks. Glasgow was hoping to rejoin the race later today.

The jockeying for first position is already hotting up with Westernaustralia.com and Qingdao neck and neck each having 2139 miles to go the finish line. The two leading yachts have employed different tactics, with Wetsernaustralia.com hugging a course much closer inshore. Close behind and following a similar track to Qingdao is Durban which has made considerable progress overnight to move up to third position, some 2 miles behind the two joint leaders. Both Durban and Qingdao enjoyed the longest runs over the past 12 hours of 133 miles, one more than Westernaustralia.com.

Then comes New York, Jersey, Victoria, Liverpool, Singapore (out on a route further out to sea and away from the pack), with Glasgow having temporarily stopped racing and Cardiff still in Fremantle.

You can see full details and updates of this race at the following site:
http://www.clipper-ventures.co.uk


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