Da Nang – Viet Nam Starts 3,400 nm Race to Cape Town
7 October 2015: Rio de Janeiro: The second race in the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race series: The Stormhoek Race to Cape of Storms, has started off the Brazilian coast on its 3,417 nautical mile voyage to Cape Town, South Africa.
As at 2100 UTC, after three hours racing Da Nang-Viet Nam is in fourth place and just a mile behind the lead yacht as the fleet is closely packed together.
Ahead of the departure Skipper Wendy Tuck said: "I have three new crew joining, and we are a total of 17 this race. The current crew can help the new ones, and it's nice not having a huge crew turnover. We are aiming to finish up a lot higher than before, and we are being very positive about this.
"Race 1 was fairly easy and no tough conditions to speak of, so Race 2 is going to be very tough and a big wake up call. We are going to dip down into the Southern Ocean where we will have huge seas, a lot more wind and heavy downwind sailing – it will be a big change."
The Clipper Race teams departed in glorious sunshine and 28'C temperatures from the Rio 2016 Olympic sailing venue, Marina da Gloria. After parading out of Guanabara Bay and past the stunning back of Sugarloaf Mountain, teams reached the picturesque beachfront at Copacabana where the Start Line was located, although moved around half a mile further offshore at the request of local authorities today.
Speaking about the adventure that lies ahead for the crew, Clipper Race Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: "This race is when the fleet gets its first taste of really big weather. The speediest route is historically to go south, pick up the westerly winds of the Southern Ocean and use them to scoot in towards Cape Town.
"Getting down to those south-westerly winds can be tricky. You can get the South Atlantic High delaying you and if you try to take a short cut you will almost certainly get becalmed and slowed up. So it doesn't seem logical to take the shortest route, but quite often in ocean racing the shortest distance is not actually the geographical distance, the shortest distance is the fastest one even if it is more miles. In this case don't take the short cut, it seldom pays."
LMAX Exchange and Qingdao are anticipated to start racing on Sunday 11 October after repairs are completed following LMAX Exchange running aground while being delivered to another marina and Qingdao getting into difficulties while offering assistance.
The Clipper Race fleet is due into Cape Town, between 21-25 October and will be berthed at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront until 31 October.
To track the fleet's progress in the race you can follow the Race Viewer at www.clipperroundtheworld/raceviewer
Following Race 1, the Overall Clipper 2015-16 Race Standings are as follows:
- LMAX EXCHANGE 15 points (12 + 3 Scoring Gate points)
- GREAT Britain 12 points (10 + 2 Scoring Gate points)
- QINGDAO 11 points
- DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE 10 points (9 + 1 Scoring Gate bonus points)
- GARMIN 8 points
- ICHORCOAL 7 points
- CLIPPERTELEMED+ 6 points
- VISIT SEATTLE 5 points
- MISSION PERFORMANCE 5 points (3 + 2 Ocean Sprint bonus points)
- PSP LOGISTICS 4 points
- DA NANG - VIET NAM 2 points
- UNICEF 1 point