SPORT — <I>Gold Coast Australia</I> takes another victory in Clipper Race

SPORT - Gold Coast Australia takes another victory in Clipper Race

Monday, May 28: Gold Coast Australia

, the Australian entry in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race has secured its ninth win out of 11 races into New York this morning (GMT).

“I am elated with winning this race as at different stages in the race it could have been won by any of the yachts in the fleet. The fleet was so close this race and the pressure was on the entire duration of the race,” said Gold Coast Australia skipper Richard Hewson.

“This is our ninth victory and yellow pendent in the series of races and every win feels so incredibly special.
We are working hard and realising our objectives, our goals and our dreams together and the team has really bonded well. I am very impressed with the performance of the boat and crew and the slickness of each sail change evolution throughout the race,” he said.

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finished in second place crossing the finish line at 0736 GMT (0336 local time) while Dutch entry,
De Lage Landen, claimed third place crossing the line at 0849 GMT (0449 local time) in the 2100nm race from Panama to New York.

The Dutch entry skipper, Stuart Jackson says: “What a final 24 hours. It has been quite a battle between second to fifth place, with only miles separating the fleet. After a good start and lying in a good position for the start of the race our position slid to seventh and it was looking dubious if we were going to make up the miles.

“Fortunately, the weather worked in our favour and we managed to secure third place, so myself and the crew are delighted, especially as we have a Manhattan resident as one of our round-the-world crewmembers! Adding our two gate points we are delighted with our overall result,” he said.

Besides the podium positions, Geraldton Western Australia managed to take fourth place crossing the finish line at 1004 GMT (0604 local time) ahead of Edinburgh Inspiring Capital who crossed the finish line only 70 minutes later at 1114 GMT (0704 local time). Whilst having slipped from third place to fifth yesterday, it’s the best position
for the Scottish entry so far.

The rest of the fleet is expected to finish today local time. The teams will arrive at Liberty Landing Marina, New Jersey approximately six to seven hours after crossing the finish line. The whole Clipper Race fleet then sails in a formal parade across to North Cove Marina in Manhattan’s financial district for a busy programme of activity with Clipper Race sponsors.

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