Covering a distance of 1,075 nautical miles, the third race in the Clipper 2002 series gets underway off the entrance to the internationally renowned Marina Hemingway. 30 eager crew recruits joined the fleet during a superb eight-day stopover in Cuba, the largest island in the warm Caribbean, in place of those competitors just racing on leg one of the eleven-month challenge.
New York Clipper, skippered by Samantha Fuller, leads the fleet on 13 points after the first leg which comprised two hotly contested races, although she has Jersey snapping at her heels, having chalked up 12 points, and Hong Kong closely behind in third place with 11 points.
The next stage of the Clipper 2002 Round the World Yacht Race, a challenging dash from Cuba to the port of Colon (Panama), is expected to finish on 21, December 2002 at the approaches to the Atlantic entrance of the Panama Canal. The yachts will then traverse the canal, travelling alongside cruise liners and bulk carriers, before heading to Panama City for the festive break.
Bathed by two Oceans, Panama City offers unparalleled opportunities for diving, fishing and surfing. Although for those crews yearning for dry land, today's Panama City is a very cosmopolitan city with a beautiful skyline of gleaming skyscrapers basking in tropical sunlight. This vibrant, energetic city, promises an unforgettable experience for the Clipper crews, day and night.
Then it's off to the Galapagos Islands and the South Pacific!
Race 4, an 855 nautical mile race from Panama City to Isla Santa Cruz (Galapagos), starts on 28, December with crews celebrating the New Year whilst at sea. After a further stopover here, the fleet will charge across the eastern Pacific Ocean to Hawaii, on the longest single stretch of the whole circumnavigation.
In all the second leg takes some seven weeks and over 6,000 miles.
Leg one results
Clipper 2002 Overall Order after Race 2
Place Yacht Cumulative Points
1 New York 13
2 Jersey 12
3 Hong Kong 11
4 Bristol 11
5 London 9
6 Liverpool 7.5
7 Glasgow 5
8 Cape Town 2
Nb. Liverpool and Hong Kong were penalised one point each for the late
submission of Declaration Forms on completion of Race 2.