4,000 miles of hard racing as Derry crew finish seventh in SA

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So here we are in Cape Town after two weeks of hard racing the 4,000 miles from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town, South Africa.

It’s amazing to see six or seven boats finishing within five hours of each other; unfortunately we were towards the end of these six or seven boats but the difference between the positions was five or six hours so looking back there is not much more we could have done to make it better.

We will take everything we have learned from this race and take it forward to the next race to Albany and hopefully we will get better. I keep telling the crew it’s great to be consistent but it’s better to be consistently great.

We are hoping to take a few days off as a team before we even contemplate taking on the challenge of Leg 3 Race 4 to Western Australia.

The crew have proved to me on this race that they are capable of completing complex sail changes and evolutions and I feel confident that myself and the team will do all we can to stand on a podium into Albany Western Australia. Right now, it’s time to enjoy the South African hospitality.

Reporter Ian Cullen adds: “After two weeks of close racing Derry~Londonderry~Doire crossed the finish line into Cape Town at 6pm Saturday evening, claiming seventh place in Race 3 of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race.

The remainder of the fleet was expected to arrive in Cape Town by yesterday evening.

Leg 3 Race 4 to Albany Western will start next Monday.

The clipper yachts’ progress in the 40,000 mile circumnavigation can be tracked through the Clipper Race Viewer which can be found at www.clipperroundtheworld.com/raceviewer