The Wardan Whip produced the tightest finish of the Clipper 2015-16 Race so far, when after 25 days and 4,850 nautical miles of racing Mission Performance and IchorCoal were neck and neck on the approach to Albany. In the end it was Mission Performance which crossed the line first.
Clipper Race founder and chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston highlights the exhilaration and intensity that comes from such close-matched racing: “The time of two minutes between the finish of the two boats after racing all the way from Cape Town to Albany, Western Australia, through the watery Himalayas of the Roaring Forties of the Southern Ocean, does not get more exciting. Both teams will have enjoyed the excitement of such a close competition.
“Mission Performance will thank its lucky stars it managed to hold onto its lead, IchorCoal will think back over its race and wonder about when it might have lost such a short margin somewhere along the way. Two minutes is so small. A slow headsail change, a spoiled spinnaker recovery, a delay in setting more sail when the wind was easing, a lack of concentration on the helm, the crew of Ichorcoal will be thinking about how they can do things better on the next race. We shall all look forward to watching how this rivalry pans out on the next race to Sydney. If you cannot be aboard one of the boats, the next best thing is watching their competition.”
There were three more arrivals into Host Port Albany in the last 24 hours, namely Da Nang – Viet Nam which finished in eighth place,Visit Seattle in ninth and PSP Logistics in tenth.
Unicef is the remaining boat racing after ClipperTelemed+ took the decision to retire and accept twelfth place to avoid spending days in the centre of a high pressure system with extremely light winds almost 1000 nautical miles from the finish, which would have further delayed its arrival into Australia.
At 421 nautical miles from the finish line and traveling at 8.4 knots,ClipperTelemed+ is expected to arrive on 28 November.
Race 4, the Elliot Brown Timekeeper Cup to Sydney, gets underway on 1 December.