Derry clipper crew look ahead to South Africa

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Derry’s clipper crew is planning to put Leg One of the Round the World Race behind them after arriving in Rio de Janeiro in last place.

The crew - with some changes in personnel - is now looking forward to taking on the Southern Ocean en route to South Africa as leg two (race 3) of the race gets underway tomorrow.

The ‘Derry~Londonderry’ clipper arrived in Brazil on Monday after a torrid time at sea. The team was cheered into the marina by friends and family at the end of the 3,500-mile race across the Atlantic from Madeira. Earlier in the day skipper, Mark Light, had responded to an offer by the Race Committee to accept tenth place and make best speed towards Rio by using the boat’s engine in order to allow themselves enough time to prepare for the start of the next race.

“Having to put the engine on is never an easy decision to make. I took it quite personally, actually, but it was probably the right thing to do in the end. We’ve got to rest the crew and get the boat ready for the next leg. The crew were really good about it.”

“It’s been a tough race with lots of tactical decisions. I thought we crossed the Doldrums really well but then we got stuck on the other side. It’s been a long race but we stuck at it, that’s the main thing.”