Jersey back into the lead

As Clipper RTW fleet head for Hawaii

Sunday January 12th 2003, Author: Loretta Spridgeon, Location: Transoceanic
At 04:00GMT this morning, after their first 16 hours at sea the Clipper fleet have already split slightly, with Jersey and London taking their accustomed places at the front of the fleet and Bristol getting a good start in third.

But there is a little more to the story than that as Jersey and London sail a few miles to the north of the main body of the fleet, so naturally seeming closed to Hawaii, whilst Bristol leads a more southerly grouping, most of whom are so close together that they are not yet showing as separate vessels on the Raytech charting software.

Glasgow Clipper has also elected to follow in the front runners northern steps, but remains a couple of miles further back. Duty skipper Roger Steven-Jennings on Cape Town reports useful southerly winds of around force 5 so the fleet are having a good push away from the Galapagos, though no doubt many will be having mixed feelings about this as they replace the laid back atmosphere of Santa Cruz for the tyranny of their watch system. The crews will at least have had a good chance to rest in readiness for the competition to come.

Our thanks must go to Ricardo Arenas who did such a good job of assisting the fleet during their stay. Ricardo we hope to see you again in a few years time.

On the communications front, Liverpool Clipper’s satellite antenna remains inoperable so anyone needing to send messages to the boat should continue to do so via the Race Office.

New York Clipper also appears to be having problems with their system and at the moment are not receiving emails. They have been checking the system out on board and we will keep you posted on progress.

04:00, 11 January 2003

Pos Yacht Distance to Finish
1 Jersey 4110.55 (nautical miles)
2 London 4111.47
3 Bristol 4112.14
4 Glasgow 4113.30
=5 New York 4113.46
=5 Liverpool 4113.46
=7 Hong Kong 4114.37
=7 Cape Town 4114.37

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