Home News Product Reviews Health & Fitness Features Healthy Eating


If it is not your content, try to search here:
Sailing - 28. April 2008.

Race 9 of Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race gets underway

Santa Cruz, California, USA

With the Californian sun shining and ten knots of breeze from the north
west, Race 9 of the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race series began at
1300 local (2000 GMT). Uniquely Singapore was the first of the
ten-internationally sponsored yachts across the line, closely followed by
their Asian rivals, Qingdao.

photo Douglas Peebles/onEdition

photo Heather Ewing/onEdition

With a start line positioned just half a mile due south of Santa Cruz
Harbour, where the Clipper fleet has been berthed for the duration of the
nine-day stopover, the beginning of the 3,116 nautical mile race to Panama
provided a great spectacle for the crowds gathered along West Cliff Drive,
Lighthouse Point and Santa Cruz Wharf. A small flotilla of yachts from the
Santa Cruz Yacht Club, the host for the crews during their stay, was also in
Monteray Bay to wave off the teams as they headed south.

As they jostled for position at the start, the majority of the teams chose
to fly their Yankee One headsail, the largest of their compliment of
headsails, with Liverpool 08, westernaustralia2011.com and Jamaica opting
for their smaller Yankee Two as they crossed the line in third, fourth and
fifth place respectively. Choosing an inshore course Hull & Humber were
next across the line followed by Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper, New
York, Nova Scotia and Durban 2010 and Beyond. As the fleet rounded the
windward mark and headed out of Monteray Bay, Qingdao had managed to move
ahead of Uniquely Singapore and with the winds remaining constant Liverpool
08 and westernaustralia2011.com were preparing to change up to their larger

³It¹s great to see all ten boats racing again,² says Joff Bailey, Race
Director. ³The teams have a wild downwind ride for the first half of this
race which will see them achieving some great speeds and they will make
rapid progress south. They will all try to make as direct a route possible,
parallel to the coast, but at the same time trying not to get too close as
the effect of the land my reduce wind strength. The trick along this initial
part of the race is to try not to damage too many of the downwind sails.
Several boats have recently been penalised for damaging sails and once the
Race Committee considers the repairs and replacements in Santa Cruz further
penalty points may be awarded.
Joff continues, ³As the fleet approaches the southern tip of Baja,
California, the winds will start to reduce and become much less stable in
direction. At this point the direct route along the coast is heavily
favoured in terms of the least miles. However, fickle and inconsistent
winds closer in may see some teams opting to sail further offshore in order
to benefit from better wind speeds and direction.²
During the Californian stopover the crews of the ten teams, representing 26
different nationalities, were able to take some time out to enjoy what the
region has to offer. Those who stayed in the local area took in local
attractions such as the Santa Cruz Boardwalk amusement park where they
swapped the roller coaster ride of the Pacific Ocean for one of the oldest
wooden roller coasters in the US, The Big Dipper. Others headed to the city
of San Francisco to take in the historic sites of the Golden Gate Bridge,
Alcatraz and Fisherman¹s Wharf.

The first of the Clipper teams, Uniquely Singapore, arrived in Santa Cruz on
16 April, achieving their first win of the Clipper 07-08 series in Race 8
from Hawaii. The final two yachts, Durban 2010 and Beyond and
westernaustralia2011.com, arrived a week later following a delayed departure
from Honolulu due to essential work on their new rigs, after both yachts
were dismasted in the previous race from Qingdao, China. The fleet¹s arrival
in Santa Cruz marked the first time the biennial Clipper Round the World
Yacht Race has stopped on the west coast of the US in its 12-year history.

Commodore of the Santa Cruz Yacht Club Brett Grippenstraw said, ³We¹ve
really enjoyed having you guys here, the Clipper crews and the Race Team,
and we¹ve had a great time and made a lot of new friends. Hopefully we can
find a sponsor for the next race and get you back here in two years time,
we¹d love to see you again.²
Thank you so much, if you tweet or share
Have you read it?
Katie Archibald Closes BeNe Ladies Tour With Third Place Overall
Daida Moreno (ESP) wins World Cup in Gran Canaria
Please follow us