Frustration with foul weather continues to mount for the Derry clipper crew as they close in on the Australian Gold Coast.
Sitting in last place with the top three yachts having just around 60 nautical miles to go to the finish line, the Derry~Londonderry crew have been run ragged in recent days. Skipper Mark Light said yesterday: “We have been well and truly hammered once again by a small, vicious low pressure that has come off the land. This system, although not very big, has been very fast moving and particularly aggressive with massive changes in wind speeds.”
Sail changes in rapid succession, reefs in and out and torrential rain have exhausted the team. The captain added: “I feel so sorry for the crew as they have put in so much effort, yet we still slip further down the rankings. I’m sure it is not the case but right now it feels like we are the only boat who is getting hammered while others seem to sail away from us. I hope our fortunes change for the better before very long. We certainly deserve a break.”
However, Mark praised the hard work of his crew.
“I have told my crew not to be disappointed too much as we have sailed well with no significant errors and no major damage.”
Last night Visit Finland and Gold Coast Australia were in joint first place with De Lage Landen seven nautical miles behind.
The Derry clipper was 108 nautical miles behind the leaders.