Clipper gaining ground

20111005 Copyright onEdition 2011�'Free for editorial use image, please credit: Bruce Sutherland/onEdition''Derry-Londonderry races away from Cape Town, South Africa, at the start of Race 4 to Geraldton, Western Australia, in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race.''The Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race started from Southampton on the south coast of the UK on 31 July 2011. The route will take the crews of the ten, identical 68-foot yachts via Madeira, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Geraldton Western Australia, New Zealand, Gold Coast Austraslia, Singapore, Qingdao in China, California, Panama, New York, Nova Scotia, Derry-Londonderry in Northern Ireland and the Netherlands before returning in July 2012 to the south coast of England.'For further images please go to: http://www.w-w-i.com/clipper_1112_race/'For more information and to arrange interviews contact Heather Ewing: hewing@clipper-ventures.com, telephone +44 (0) 2392 526000 or visit www.clipperroundtheworld.com.''If you require a higher resolu
20111005 Copyright onEdition 2011�'Free for editorial use image, please credit: Bruce Sutherland/onEdition''Derry-Londonderry races away from Cape Town, South Africa, at the start of Race 4 to Geraldton, Western Australia, in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race.''The Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race started from Southampton on the south coast of the UK on 31 July 2011. The route will take the crews of the ten, identical 68-foot yachts via Madeira, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Geraldton Western Australia, New Zealand, Gold Coast Austraslia, Singapore, Qingdao in China, California, Panama, New York, Nova Scotia, Derry-Londonderry in Northern Ireland and the Netherlands before returning in July 2012 to the south coast of England.'For further images please go to: http://www.w-w-i.com/clipper_1112_race/'For more information and to arrange interviews contact Heather Ewing: hewing@clipper-ventures.com, telephone +44 (0) 2392 526000 or visit www.clipperroundtheworld.com.''If you require a higher resolu

Derry’s clipper gained some ground yesterday as it closed in on seventh placed Singapore in the Clipper Round the World Race.

The crew managed to put quite a distance between themselves and Edinburgh Inspiring Capital in ninth place overnight on Sunday and were expecting more great sailing.

Captain Mark Light said: “A good day yesterday (Sunday) spent in fairly light winds under medium weight spinnaker - made good speeds while not over stressing our broken spinnaker track. We managed to pull clear of Edinburgh Inspiring Capital after crossing swords with them early yesterday morning. We dropped the kite early evening in preparation for the heavier weather coming in during the night and while we enjoyed a dinner of meatballs with rice followed by fruit cocktail crumble and hot custard, we watched the apparent wind begin to rise.”

Crew members were yesterday making efforts to make sure they fully prepare for the next few days’ likely conditions of continued strong winds.

The skipper added: “The wind built to a very steady 24 knots apparent, the sky remained clear and the sea was fairly flat all night long. As day broke this morning we are romping along with a decent serving of blue skies and boat speeds of 11 to 12 knots. This is great sailing and long may it continue.”