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PD Staff
04-08-2014, 06:42 PM

The Clipper Race fleet will soon see the Golden Gate Bridge on the horizon, which marks the finish line for Race 10, from Qingdao, China to San Francisco, USA.

After spending approximately 25 days at sea across the world’s largest expanse of water, the Pacific Ocean, the crews will be pleased to finally see dry land for the first time since leaving China.

The latest ETAs for the Clipper Race fleet are detailed below (times are local time in San Francisco, -7 UTC/-8 BST). The yachts will take approximately 90 minutes to transit from the finish line to the South Beach Yacht Club.

Henri Lloyd - Thurs 10 April Early AM
GREAT Britain - Thurs 10 April Early AM
Invest Africa - Thurs 10 April Early AM
Qingdao - Thurs 10 April AM
One DLL - Thurs 10 April AM
Old Pulteney - Fri 11 April AM

Switzerland - Currently in Stealth Mode
Derry~Londonderry~Doire - Fri 11 April PM
Team Garmin - Sat 12 April Early AM
Mission Performance - Sat 12 April PM
Jamaica Get All Right - Sun 13 April PM
PSP Logistics - Sun 13 April PM

During the Clipper Race’s stay at South Beach Yacht Club, San Francisco there will be several events open to the public.

The Clipper Race’s Crew Recruitment and Development Director, David Cusworth will be in San Francisco holding a number of presentations for people interested in taking part in the world’s longest yacht race.

Opportunities to explore the yachts currently taking part in the race are also available at the South Beach Yacht Club during the Open Boat tours, which are free of charge to the public.

10 April – Recruitment Presentation 1900-2100 at OCSC Sailing 1 Spinnaker Way Berkeley

13 April – Recruitment Presentation 1800-2000 at South Beach Yacht Club, 40 Pier

15 April – Open Boat Tours 1500-1900 at South Beach Yacht Club, 40 Pier

16 April – Open Boat Tours 1500-1900 at South Beach Yacht Club, 40 Pier

16 April - Recruitment Presentation 1830-2030 at Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant St

17 April – Open Boat Tours 1500-1900 at South Beach Yacht Club, 40 Pier

Big Brass Balls
04-08-2014, 09:47 PM
They have had a lifetime of sailing in that leg. Paid for or not there's gonna be some stories to be told!

04-10-2014, 09:23 AM


It’s been one of the toughest legs of the 2013-14 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, but crossing the finish line, even in the dark, under San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge, is a moment to savour after 5600 miles of ocean racing across the mighty Pacific

GREAT Britain crossed the finish line of Race 10 in the 16 stage global series at 21:42:56 local time (UTC-7) on April 9, to take line honours ahead of rival Henri Lloyd who slipped back into second place around 1.30pm local time today.

Henri Lloyd crossed the line two hours later at 23:45 local time. A battle had ensued for the last five days between Henri Lloyd and GREAT Britain with the teams both alternating between first, second and third place on the leader board. Invest Africa crossed the line at 05:23am local time on April 10 taking the third line honours place.

All results are provisional and the final positions will be confirmed by the race office after redress is applied. Simon Talbot, skipper of GREAT Britain, said: "We have had a very good race with Eric and Henri Lloyd, it’s always great to have someone to spar against. It's no fun if you are 500 miles ahead. It's a real sense of achievement battling it out. Coming out of the wind hole yesterday I just couldn't see how we would claw it back.


"They managed to pull 15 miles on us by running inshore, then we pulled it back by running deeper and came in first under the bridge. I know Eric will be very pleased with his team's performance and he has had a very fine race with a crew of 13. We had a crew of 18 and we worked really hard.

"This was not the Pacific crossing that it was billed to be. We had no storms, we had no frontal systems passing over but the wind was gusting at 50 knots at times and we love sailing in that. We had a very fast downwind race and had 20 days of sunshine - that is what you call luck.

"There is a constant battle in a long race like this to keep performance up, but the crew like winning so it is easy for my crew to get out of bed each watch."
Henri Lloyd skipper Eric Holden said his team had fought with GREAT Britain right to the bitter end for several races in a row now.


"It was their turn this time and they got the better of us. We tried as hard as we could but we just got a little tired towards the end. It was a long race and you can’t push full on the whole time, so you have to pick when you really go for it and when you sit back a bit. You could tell a lot of boats did that and we found the right times.

“Just before the first Scoring Gate we found a bit of a weather pattern where we could get a good position and push the boat really hard for two days against Invest Africa. We both got good results there - they got us by 21 minutes. After that we had to recover as we were exhausted and we lost quite a few miles as we cruised more.

"Then when we knew a weather system was coming in again we pushed really hard again as we knew if we didn’t we would fall really behind. Motivating the crew and keeping them going was not hard – they seem to do it themselves. They are a strong team and help each other out, and when someone is down they gather round and support one another."

The new design third generation fleet of Clipper 70s has sailed a fast race in predominantly downwind conditions, with the front runners completing the 5600 nautical miles in just over 24 days, averaging around 230 miles a day, despite a few frustrating wind holes towards the finish. The Pacific is the world’s largest ocean and has a reputation for relentless, punishing, conditions that have battered the Clipper Race fleet many times before.


The Mighty Pacific is one of the most challenging legs of the Clipper Race and is a test of endurance for the entirely amateur crews in one of the earth’s most hostile environments. The leg saw two medical evacuations and winds gusting over 70 knots at times with the biggest sea states faced so far by the teams, but it was also characterised by very fast sailing and impressive racing. Justin Taylor, Clipper Race Director said: “The Pacific leg was very eventful race right down to the finish, where just 30 miles separated the top three teams after 5,600 miles of ocean racing.

“The conditions were pretty frightening at times and most sailors would have baulked at 70 knot winds, ten-metre waves and big storms, but the teams had already come through the worst Southern Ocean crossing in 20 years during Leg 3 so were well prepared. “This Race 10 has been 16 per cent faster than the last edition, a testament to the new boats and
their downwind sailing ability,” he added.


The remainder of the fleet is expected into San Francisco over the next three days. OneDLL, currently in fourth position ahead of Qingdao, is due to get redress of 2 hours 57 minutes after going to the assistance of Derry~Londonderry~Doire during its dramatic man overboard incident when a crew member was successfully rescued after spending more than an hour and a half in freezing conditions during a storm. If OneDLL finishes within this time of any boats ahead of it crossing the finish line it will leapfrog them on the leader board, pushing them back a place.

Derry~Londonderry~Doire is due in Friday afternoon where Andrew Taylor who went overboard will be taken to hospital for an assessment of an impact injury on his leg, sustained when he hit the starboard rudder shortly after going over the side.

Back marker PSP Logistics actually started racing 36 hours after the rest of the fleet and is being placed on an elapsed time basis which should see it move up the final leader board. Some of the yachts have not seen any other boats for weeks during this leg of the Clipper Race. At times the nearest other humans to the teams were those passing overhead in passenger aircraft or on the International Space Station orbiting roughly 300 miles above the world’s largest expanse of

Unlike the highly acclaimed America’s Cup which was staged in San Francisco Bay last summer, local residents and sailing enthusiasts can actually become crew aboard the Clipper Race which is designed specifically for amateurs. A number of crew recruitment events are being staged for thosewho may feel inspired to sign up for future editions of the world’s longest ocean race.

See the Clipper Race website for more information on dates, timings and locations.

The feet will be berthed primarily at the South Beach Yacht Club, Pier 40 where there is a public information dome and free tours of selected yachts hosted by the race crew themselves. Race 11, the PSP Logistics Panama 100 Cup, starts from San Francisco on 19 April and sees the teams transit the Panama Canal in its centenary year. They will then cross through to the Caribbean side to carry on racing to Jamaica before finishing this US coast-to-coast leg in New York.

The remainder of the fleet’s progress can be tracked through the Clipper Race Viewer at

Expected arrival times for the remainder of the fleet are currently as follows:
Team ETA South beach Yacht Club (Local time – UTC -7) Times are to the finish line at the Golden
Gate Bridge. It then takes approximately 90 minutes to reach the marina at SBYC
OneDLL - Thurs 10 April 0600-0900
Qingdao - Thurs 10 April 0700-1000
Derry~Londonderry~Doire - Fri 11 April 0800-1400
Old Pulteney - Fri 11 April 1000-1600
Switzerland - Fri 11 April 1400-2000
Team Garmin - Sat 12 April Early AM
Mission Performance - Sun 13 April Early AM
Jamaica Get All Right - Sun 13 April AM
PSP Logistics - Sun 13 April PM

04-11-2014, 04:49 PM

A little post race interviews...

04-14-2014, 11:26 PM

We received an invite via one of our sponsors Whitecaps Marine Outfitters (http://www.whitecapsmarine.com/) to join them on a day trip aboard one of the Clipper 70's, to which we could not say no. The fleet is now all in San Francisco now, the last boat, PSP Logistics, made it's way into San Francisco Bay at sunrise this AM, completing the full 12 boat arrival duckett for boats on the 5,800 nm Qingdao to SF Leg of this edition of the Clipper Round The World Race.

The work continues after you have reached port for Clipper Crews

Theres not a whole lot of time between now and Saturdays restart, so you have to have some empathy for the crew of PSP Logistics, who spent the day tearing down their boat and getting ready for new crew. Our boat of the day, Henri Lloyd, skippered by Eric Holden, a diminutive and quiet native of Vancouver BC, was 1st to finish and leads the race, 3/4's of the way through. Having arrived earlier last week, Henri Lloyd was pretty well sorted. Sorta.

There is not a whole lotta time between legs, and even though these boats are just over a year old, the wear and tear of their 1st circumnavigation shows. While the rigging and running gear have been rehabbed, the obvious wear and tear of lin bags, winch drums and sails reveal what an arduous trip it has been this far.

The lens that captures all

Our crew this morning is a mixed bag of sailors doing the entire trip around the planet, some guests of Whitecaps Marine, including the two primaries Jen and Marcus,and winners of their contest gathered in the cool foggy waters of Pier 40 in the City's Soma District. A brief safety talk by the skipper and intro on how to don the well worn inflatable thong jackets and we were on our way.

A preview of next season uber hott foulie color scheme...shhhhh

We motored slowly out of the harbor and the crew sorted the various lines and rigging in light easterlies with a flood tide keeping our voyage slow until the stratus began to break up and the westerlies kicking in as we entered the slot.


We had time to chat with some of the crew, one of which is a gregarious 68 years young Elaina Breen, of Point Richmond, who had sold her 10 acre ranch in near Nevada City recently and was seeking a higher calling. Her story of her fathers passing some 60 years ago while she was just a grade school lass, her decision to venture in his honor, he being and avid sailor in the navy, taking a few of his medals with her on a trip they never had the chance to do together brought a sense of fulfillment, only a voyage such as The clipper could provide.


As is often the case this time of year, the mornings gloom turned to brilliant sunshine and the breeze steadily grew. The Clipper 70' and we, worked our way towards the Gate. Unlike her carbon fiber counterparts you might see buoy racing on the bay, The Clipper doesn't grunt and groan so much, its a smoother, less high pitched, steady progression.


The nerve center of the Clipper 70, where all communications occurs

At the peak of the westward bound voyage, we bear off on port after passing under the Gate and the wind fills in nicely. The Clipper 70' is as solid offwind as she is to weather. You don't get the sense the boat is overwhelmed by the Bay. Even the wakes sent by passing ferries seem to go unnoticed. As we near Alcatraz, the hull speed is 15-16 even against the rushing ebb. I ask the skipper Eric, what the top speed the have seen on the new editions. " We hit 38 knots in the Southern Ocean he advises. Eric ask me if I'd like to drive. "Sure,why not" I reply". Bearing off toward buoy 8, and the slot produces some
stiff wind combined with the building ebb. Steady as she goes. There is no twitching, the helm light even when heating up a tad. We gybe and its a smooth progression.


You imagine the same maneuver happening in 70 knots of wind and 40-50 seas in the Southern Ocean, and you have gained a sense of the the punishment these boats can take, and deliver it's precious cargo to it's destination unfettered. Purpose built these boats are, and they seem to have gotten it right.

Our voyage ends much to soon. We take with us a new appreciation for the program, the people involved and the voyages they have and will embark on.

Shana Bagley will revisit the Clippers this week, and with it engage in some retrospective and insights on the this Clipper Round The World program, the people involved, the difference between the 68's and the 70's and the conquest of the sea for the average joe.

04-15-2014, 12:01 AM
Great stuff PB!

The Flash
04-16-2014, 04:47 AM
Something like this has to make it on my bucket list.

04-16-2014, 01:35 PM

Some video clips from out in the wild blue yonder!

04-20-2014, 12:02 PM



San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge provided the perfect backdrop to the start of Race 11 today, the PSP Logistics Panama 100 Cup, for the 12-strong fleet of identical matched 70-foot boats competing in the 2013-14 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

At 1330 local time (2030 UTC) the leading yachts crossed the start line off the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco Bay and raced under the bridge towards the Pacific Ocean for the 3350 miles to Panama. Derry~Londonderry~Doire crossed first and took the advantage ahead of Henri Lloyd and Old Pulteney third.

This is the 11th race in a series of 16 in the Clipper Race series. The fleet arrived in San Francisco last week after a gruelling 5,600 miles nonstop leg across the northern Pacific from China. This next leg is a coast-to-coast challenge to New York consisting of three races via Panama and Jamaica.

Race Director Justin Taylor said: “This race down to Panama should be fast, but it’s not over until the finish line is crossed in the Gulf of Panama, as changeable conditions near the ITCZ (Inter Tropical Convergence Zone), or Doldrums, could decide the finishing positions in the final stages of the race.


all images © Erin Loscocco (http://www.loscocco.net/Sailing/Clipper-Race-2014/38594290_W9K4Wm#!i=3190087167&k=QRNNr7R)



“The Californian Current flows south, but the helping hand this gives the fleet can be counteracted by heating effects from the North American land mass, which might change the winds unfavourably.”

Race 11, for the PSP Logistics Panama 100 Cup, is a very tactical stage from California to Panama and will take approximately three weeks to complete; it sees the teams transit the Panama Canal in its centenary year before starting Race 12 to Jamaica.
Team PSP Logistics, skippered by Chris Hollis, is vowing to win this stage of the Clipper Race because of the world-famous canal's importance to its global logistics business sponsor.

PSP Logistics and its North American west coast partners in San Francisco and Seattle are regular users of the Panama Canal, to ship project cargos, boats and superyachts, and so the entire team feels a special connection with this leg of the race.
Skipper Chris Hollis said: "We know how much this means to the PSP Logistics team in the UK and around the world so we are going to move heaven and earth to bring the cup back for them. We've got a great crew and with support like this, everyone on board is going to be working day and night to be the first into Panama."



PSP Logistics managing director Frank Dixie added: "We really want to win this one. The Panama Canal is a lynchpin of global trade and an important route for PSP's out of gauge cargos like project and marine as well as for moving boats around the globe.

"These are at the absolute heart of our business and something we specialise in, so the canal is a key part of our operation. We are determined to be the first to get there. It's our mission."

Meanwhile, determined British sailor Andrew Taylor (46) rejoined his crew aboard Derry~Londonderry~Doire to continue racing despite being rescued from the freezing waters of the north Pacific earlier this month after spending a life-threatening 90 minutes lost at sea after falling overboard in a storm.

He has recovered from shock, hypothermia and a badly bruised leg which, although still sore, has not deterred him from continuing with the race after getting a clean bill of health from medics and race officials in San Francisco.

Race 13, Jamaica to New York, concludes the US coast-to-coast leg in New York at the beginning of June.