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westernaustralia2011.com secures third place in thrilling race from Fremantle
Following up their crowd-pleasing second place in their home port of Fremantle, defending champions westernaustralia2011.com have secured another podium position, finishing third in Race 5 of the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race.
In a scorching race from Fremantle to
Clipper 07-08 is rapidly turning into an incredibly tight contest keeping race followers on the edge of their seats. westernaustralia2011.com finished just 55 minutes behind second placed Liverpool 08 crossing the finish line off Singapore at 1917 GMT (0217 Tuesday 15 January local time.)
Beating off fierce competition from Liverpool 08, winners
The lead in the 2430-mile race, which started in Fremantle on New Year’s Day, changed numerous times as the skippers and crews of the ten internationally-backed yachts battled it out on arguably the most tactically challenging of the 14 individual contests that make up Clipper 07-08 Race. Several of the yachts have been within sight of each other during the race in which they have weaved their way through islands, dodged floating hazards and fishing nets, adding to the tension and forcing the crews to maintain their concentration.
Following a traditional Indonesian welcome, skipper of the Western Australian yacht, Martin Silk, said it proved their performance on Leg 3 was no fluke. “Definitely not, we’ve worked very hard for this and we’re focussing on our aim of finishing in a top five position in every race.”
The result will keep alive their chances of retaining their title. “I don’t know whether we’ll keep the Clipper Trophy,” said Martin, “But I am confident we’re going to maintain this standard and finish well in July.”
Coping with the soaring heat and wringing as much boat speed as they could from the light winds that have dogged them for the last half of the race has been exhausting for those on board. Race Director Joff Bailey said, “This is perhaps the most difficult race for the Clipper crews. The weather conditions mean there are lots of tactical decisions to be made, particularly transiting the Monsoon trough where, like the Doldrums, very light airs combine with tropical squalls. The number of sail changes this entails in temperatures in the forties and high levels of humidity is physically exhausting and the rate of progress mentally draining for everyone.”
The westernaustralia2011.com crew will have plenty of time to get on with the task of deep cleaning their yacht, beginning their routine maintenance and enjoying some well-earned rest while they wait for their competitors to join them in
The fleet’s arrival in
Keppel Corporation’s Group Corporate Communications General Manager, Ms Look Fung Wang said, “When the Clippers make their
“The Clipper yachts will add colour and vibrance to this new premier waterfront lifestyle hub, fast taking shape in
Berths for the next race, Clipper 09-10, are now available. For more information on applying to become a crew member, contact Clipper Ventures on +44 (0)2392 526000 or email email@example.com.