Derry is out of the Doldrums

Councillor Elisha McCallion (rear centre), Mayor of Derry & Strabane District Council and Stephen Gillespie (centre right), Director of Business and Culture for Derry City and Strabane District Council, pose with crew members of the Clipper yacht Derry 'Londonderry' Doire and its skipper Daniel Smith (centre left) during day seven of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race launch at St Katharine's Docks, London.
Councillor Elisha McCallion (rear centre), Mayor of Derry & Strabane District Council and Stephen Gillespie (centre right), Director of Business and Culture for Derry City and Strabane District Council, pose with crew members of the Clipper yacht Derry 'Londonderry' Doire and its skipper Daniel Smith (centre left) during day seven of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race launch at St Katharine's Docks, London.
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The Derry entry in the Clipper Round the World race is out of the Doldrums and in 3rd place as the boats race towards Rio.

All the boats are now charging down the down the eastern coast of South America at a speed of 9 to 12 knots.

The Derry Skipper Daniel Smith says the last 24 hours have been all about running repairs and keeping ahead of the Great Britain boat.

“When the sun came up we could see them but their perceived closeness depended a lot on how sunny it was and how brightly the sun shone on their kite. Every time the sun shone hard the team worked harder and we have a few very tired helms, trimmers and grinders,” he wrote on clipperroundtheworld.com

He said the crew were looking forward to some ‘r&r’ when they get to Rio

Derry~Londonderry~Doire is expected in Rio on Sunday.