Ferocious weather rips through fleet

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 the City of 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 h
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 the City of 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 h
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The ‘Roaring Forties’ have bared their teeth in the Clipper Round the World challenge with the ‘Derry-Londonderry’ yacht experiencing the full force of a ferocious weather system bringing with it hail, ice and gusts of up to 70 knots.

Despite recent damage to their mast track following a crash gybe, Mark Light and his crew on the Derry vessel - currently in ninth place in the race - have managed to jury rig a solution which enabled them to fly their heavyweight spinnaker.

“We were flying it happily for a few hours until we heard a crack when the beak end of the pole broke for the second time this race and we were left to gain control of the pole and drop the spinnaker,” Mark said. “As the wind built further, just before dark we put the second reef in the main and now the boat feels very fast and very comfortable.”

“We also have a perfect full moon - the fullest moon you could ever see. This Southern Ocean looks beautiful yet menacing all at the same time and it’s a real privilege to be sailing here,” he said.