Clipper's first female victor

As New York draws into Cuba first

Saturday December 7th 2002, Author: Loretta Spridgeon, Location: Transoceanic
Race organiser, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, today said: “I'd like to congratulate the crew of the New York Clipper - and especially young Samantha as our first ever female skipper in the race. It’s a remarkable achievement to lead the way on the fleet’s first ocean crossing and she has really shown the other Clippers how it’s done.

Sir Robin added: “The first leg really sees the crews come together as teams, overcoming setbacks and conditions which most will never have encountered before. The New York crew have been an inspiration on this leg. In fact, the closeness of racing amongst the whole identically-matched fleet
has been quite breathtaking.”

After the challenging, tactical racing and testing weather conditions of the first leg, the 15-strong New York Clipper crew will celebrate during an eventful race stopover hosted by the Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba.

After a well-deserved rest in the tropical climes of the Caribbean, the Clippers will be back on the high seas on Saturday, 14 December when they will race from Cuba to Hawaii, via Panama and the Galapagos Islands.

Victorious skipper - New York's Sam Fuller

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