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  1. #1
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    Default Clipper round the world

    Anyone here doing the Clipper round the world yacht race ?
    cicumnavigators?
    Leggers?

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    Default Re: Clipper round the world

    No, not my thing, but know people who have done it and enjoyed it.
    Cynical Scottish very nearly retired engineer who sails a Gib'Sea 96.

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    Default Re: Clipper round the world

    Pretty sure at least one of our forumites (comrade red?) has done a leg. We also had contributions from a circumnavigator filling in some of the missing pieces on the employment lawyer who was taking clipper ventures to court. However I suspect you may get a better response in scuttlebutt as the clipper "race" isn't really the type of racing this sub-forum usually deals with

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    Default Re: Clipper round the world

    Race departed from Southend at 10:00 this morning. It’s now nine hours later and these slick racing machines haven’t passed North Foreland. Even my boat could have done that distance within that time.

    Anyone know why progress seems to be so slow?

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    Default Re: Clipper round the world

    Because they aren't actually slick racing machines, they've just been made to look that way. They might shift downwind in the southern ocean but they are absolute dogs in lighter stuff. They looked miserable in RTIR. Even now in F4/5 on the nose only doing 6 or 7 knots

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    Default Re: Clipper round the world

    Quote Originally Posted by ridgy View Post
    Because they aren't actually slick racing machines, they've just been made to look that way. They might shift downwind in the southern ocean but they are absolute dogs in lighter stuff. They looked miserable in RTIR. Even now in F4/5 on the nose only doing 6 or 7 knots
    Yep... Right now they are in 15-20 knots, with about a knot and a half of tide under them. The leader's SOG is 9 knots, so about 7.5 STW. That's barely over my target upwind speeds in a 32 footer... But at some point tonight they will get into 25ish on a reach. That could be more interesting.
    I think Clipper absolutely has a place. What they are doing to bring sailing to a broader set of participants is awesome. But as a spectator event... Nope. They are strict OD, but after 24 hours there is a 14 mile delta from 1st to last. That's an average of over half a knot slower, which is just massive in an OD.
    By chance I was wandering around St Kats on Saturday, and they had lots of info about the training they are given. Almost no mention at all about race training in terms of trimming and helming etc. So not overly surprising.
    You never know, I might be right!

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    Default Re: Clipper round the world

    I know one of the amateur crew members on Qingdao. He's doing a fair chunk of it, first leg is to Uruguay, then goes across to South Africa and on to Western Australia. He then misses out the Pacific legs before picking up the race again for the final leg from New York back to London.
    Graham. "Scala" now sold. Boatless.

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    Default Re: Clipper round the world

    Quote Originally Posted by flaming View Post
    Yep... Right now they are in 15-20 knots, with about a knot and a half of tide under them. The leader's SOG is 9 knots, so about 7.5 STW. That's barely over my target upwind speeds in a 32 footer... But at some point tonight they will get into 25ish on a reach. That could be more interesting.
    I think Clipper absolutely has a place. What they are doing to bring sailing to a broader set of participants is awesome. But as a spectator event... Nope. They are strict OD, but after 24 hours there is a 14 mile delta from 1st to last. That's an average of over half a knot slower, which is just massive in an OD.
    By chance I was wandering around St Kats on Saturday, and they had lots of info about the training they are given. Almost no mention at all about race training in terms of trimming and helming etc. So not overly surprising.
    Sorry, not familiar with racing I am afraid. What does OD stand for?

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    Default Re: Clipper round the world

    Quote Originally Posted by Gitane View Post
    Sorry, not familiar with racing I am afraid. What does OD stand for?
    One Design. Identical boats

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    Default Re: Clipper round the world

    Couldn’t quite see amongst all the pennants flying, but I trust they had their Maltese ensigns and Courtesy flag flying correctly when heading down the Thames

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