First into New York
This 4,078 nautical mile race from Salvador to New York has been dominated by the Jersey Clipper team, who have led the eight-strong fleet since the 15:00 hours schedule on Wednesday, 6 August.
It will now take another 4 hours for the winners to motor up the mighty Hudson to the Intrepid-Sea-Air-Space Museum. The champagne and beers await though, with Jersey Clipper expected to berth alongside USS Intrepid at 15:30 local time in New York.
The breeze has now veered to the north west, causing a headache for the chasing Clipper 2002 fleet. This change of direction means the other yachts will have to sail the last few hundred miles into strong headwinds that will eventually be replaced by weakening winds, neither being what they would have ordered.
The bitterest pill is that the yachts at the back will suffer most. Hong Kong and Bristol may have lost miles to Jersey, but they have both gained on Liverpool and Glasgow. Though less important for Hong Kong who have a fairly safe margin, this is still quite crucial for Bristol Clipper, who will want to maintain their third place at all costs.
At 03:00 this morning the Bristolians were charging along at 9 - 10 knots, obviously benefiting from the wind Jersey had encountered earlier whilst Glasgow Clipper reported little more than a Force 3. For the moment at least, there is unlikely to be much change in the positions.
Liverpool Clipper has been successfully extending her slight lead over Glasgow and this is the one redeeming feature for the two teams at the back. At least they have each other to focus on; coming in last and on your own can be quite soul destroying.
The London and New York teams have not sent their positions with the others at 03:00 this morning, but from a report sent late last night we see that they are making good progress towards New York. Cape Town too had a successful pit stop in Bermuda, following her retirement from Race 14, and is catching the rest up fast. Although it will have been a blow to pull out of this race, at least they will have the consolation of not
missing too much time in the wonderful Big Apple.
Clipper 2002 - Race 14 Positions
03:00, 23 August 2003
Pos Yacht Dist To Finish (Nautical Miles)
1 Jersey FINISHED 23/08/03 at 15:45 GMT
2 Hong Kong 204
3 Bristol 363
4 Liverpool 453
5 Glasgow 474