Clipper Race Leg 1, Race 1: London to Portimão | Clipper 2019-20 Race
The Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race got off to a great start with a fantastic first race down to Portimão. Just over six days of intense racing saw the fleet cover over 1,200nm and encountered a massive variation in sea and wind conditions.
All eleven teams experienced everything, from strong tidal conditions in the Thames Estuary and English channel, very light winds during the early and latter parts of the race, to strong upwind conditions for the first three days which saps energy and takes even the hardiest sailors massive efforts to keep racing hard.
The notorious Bay of Biscay, brought the downwind surfing conditions that everyone was waiting for. Strong winds from behind with a following sea are what the racing sailors dream about and the fleet absolutely screamed down the west coast of Portugal, surfing waves and hitting speeds of up to 30 knots.
Punta del Este claimed victory into Host Port, Marina de Portimão with Dare To Lead taking secord and Qingdao finishing third.
Clipper 2019-20 Race start from London, UK
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race start Sep 1, 2019: more than 700+ international Race Crew from all walks of life leave from St. Katharine Docks, London, for the start of an 11 month, 40,000 nautical mile global adventure.
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Clipper 2019-20 Race Prep video
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race video published Aug 14, 2019: Clipper Race HQ is a hive of activity for Prep Week! Hundreds of Clipper 2019-20 Crew are busily getting the fleet ready, organising food and taking part. The race starts September 1 from London, England, UK.
- Official website: clipperroundtheworld.com
- Route map: clipperroundtheworld.com/race/route-map
The Clipper Race is 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 around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht. The brainchild of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world, the event is now preparing for the start of its twelfth edition, the Clipper 2019-20 Race. Starting from London on 1 September 2019, the fleet will complete its circumnavigation when it returns eleven months later, in August 2020.Tweets by ClipperRace
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