Derry in fifth in latest Clipper leg

The Derry-Londonderry boat pictured in San Francisco during the 2012 Round the World Clipper race. Massive crowds are expected in both Derry and Inishowen when the boats complete the trans-Atlantic leg on the last weekend in June. With Derry hosting the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention the same week, it promises to be a few days to remember!
The Derry-Londonderry boat pictured in San Francisco during the 2012 Round the World Clipper race. Massive crowds are expected in both Derry and Inishowen when the boats complete the trans-Atlantic leg on the last weekend in June. With Derry hosting the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention the same week, it promises to be a few days to remember!

The Derry entry in the world’s longest ocean race is currently in fifth as the yachts make their way towards New York.

Skipper Mark Light says the crew are in the midst of “beautiful sailing conditions as the fleet make its way past the eastern coast of Jamaica.”

“This is definitely genuine Caribbean sailing with an easterly wind of about 15 knots true filling our sails and carrying us north easterly towards the only race mark and Scoring Gate in the middle of the Windward Passage between the islands of Cuba and Haiti.

“Under full sail - full main, Yankee 1 and staysail we are making speeds up to 10 knots over the ground and getting a lovely lift towards the middle of the gate! During today we have had three other Clipper 68s in sight and are very pleased to be up with the leading group of boats. It is great to be racing in such close proximity to our competitors and we hope desperately that De LageLandendoesn’t make a mistake as we are currently following their single white stern light diligently - with so many reefs and hidden rocks around the navigators are working hard to pick the right courses and I have told my crew, “if you see De LageLanden stop suddenly then alter course very quickly!” (passage plans don’t get much simpler!)

“All is well on the good ship ‘LegenDerry’ as we charge north and onwards towards ‘The Big Apple’.”

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