Clipper fleet arrives in Australia

LMAX Exchange claims victory in the Wardan Whip from Cape Town, South Africa to Albany, Australia. Image: Richard Wainwright/Clipper Race

LMAX Exchange claims victory in the Wardan Whip from Cape Town, South Africa to Albany, Australia. Image: Richard Wainwright/Clipper Race

The podium is complete after one of the toughest legs of the Clipper Race, with three winning teams now in Albany, Western Australia after claiming the top positions on the Southern Ocean 4,845nm leg from Cape Town, South Africa. LMAX Exchange claimed victory with Derry~Londonderry~Doire in second and Qingdao third.

The race was a typical Southern Ocean leg, with the fleet enduring a storm as it left Table Bay and taking a battering. The choices made in those first 36 hours shaped the race for a lot of the teams, with the top three yachts enduring it well and keeping up a lot of sail during the storm. All the boats reported boat-breaking conditions with gusts of 70-80 knots on several occasions, extremely confused seas and waves of 8-10 metres during the race.

Derry~Londonderry~Doire Skipper Daniel Smith said: “We had a real mix of weather, absolutely everything from being becalmed and having to work really hard to keep the boat moving, to way more wind than we wanted at times, so exciting sailing but frustrating sailing too.
The nine remaining teams are expected into Albany over the next five days, with yachts at the back of the fleet suffering in very light winds.

Race 4: The Elliot Brown Timekeeper Cup from Albany to Sydney will start on Tuesday December 1.