Derry crew in South Africa ‘charge’

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Derry’s clipper crew is aiming to make a charge up the leader board as the fleet heads for South Africa.

Two days into Leg Two of the Clipper Round the World Race, captain Mark Light says his team are preparing to battle back into contention after experiencing poor winds in the Leg One race to Rio De Janeiro.

As the last boat into Rio, the crew had their work cut out to prepare for the start of Leg 2 on Saturday but ready they were when the gun fired to start the Southern Ocean challenge.

“As a team we enjoyed our stop in Rio but everyone also worked tremendously hard to turn the boat around and make sure she was fit and ready to go back to duel with the South Atlantic Ocean once again,” Mark said.

The skipper added that he was very happy following an “informative and well-structured crew briefing” focusing on how the ‘Derry-Londonderry’ personnel operates as a team with the aim of picking up a podium place into Cape Town.

Currently lying in fifth place, Mark is confident his team can move up the leader board. “We’ll see what unfolds throughout Leg Two, but definitely keep your eyes open for a Derry-Londonderry charge.” he said.

The Clipper 11-12 fleet is expected to arrive in Cape Town between 26 and 29 September

Leg Two started well for the Derry Clipper which was one of the six boats to log a 12-hour run of over 100 miles.