Derry boat crew gets Jaws moment at sea

Out at sea.... The Derry Clipper boat (pic by onEdition)
Out at sea.... The Derry Clipper boat (pic by onEdition)

The crew of the Derry-Londonderry-Doire Clipper boat had their very own Jaws moment this week as they raced from Sydney to Hobart.

The Derry boat Skipper Daniel Smith revealed on Wednesday that the crew had a close encounter with a shark after it started circling their boat the day before.

Speaking about the episode, Daniel said: “We’ve had an eventful day again on Derry~Londonderry~Doire. Yesterday we saw a shark circling the boat which has been a first for this trip.

“Other than that we haven’t seen much wildlife during this race. It may well have been there but we probably missed it due to the high concentration level of the crew who are performing brilliantly.”

Undeterred and despite challenging weather conditions the crew remained on course and managed to dock at the capital of Tasmania on Wednesday.

Overall, the Derry boat is now sitting in third place among the 12-strong fleet of competitors, with 37 points to Great Britain’s 43 and leader LMAX Exchange’s 49.

Daniel said he has bene impressed with the crew onboard and how they have performed.

The final fight to the finish line of Race 5, the 71st Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (RSHYR), proved to be a tight and tactical for the Clipper 70s as they battle for the podium and points.

A spokesman for Clipper said the last 24 hours on the race proved to be “a cruel game of wind-hole snakes and wind-funnel ladders”.

The Clipper race is renowned as one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other.

With no previous sailing experience necessary, it’s a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht, divided into eight legs.