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Cork Clipper crosses the Equator first

12th October 2009
Cork Clipper crosses the Equator first
Cork, Ireland crossed the Equator at 0316 UT today and offered their gifts to Neptune but will hold off on the ceremony until later today when the watch system brings the entire crew together for an hour. Our onboard video is over the fold. Normally this is the time the skipper holds his daily team briefing; today King Neptune’s court will also be called into session.

Reaching this major milestone has given the crew’s spirits a huge boost. “With the chat on board you would think we are just about there,” reports skipper, Richie Fearon. “But I suppose with 1,500 miles to go in steady breeze and, taking into account some of the light weather we have had, we are good as there. Our position is still strong being east of the pack of three just ahead of us and, with some wind movements in our favour, hopefully it will strengthen our position further.”

Cork has had a busy time over the last five days dealing with the ever changing conditions. "The last couple of nights have been really mixed," said Richie. "Firstly we had no wind, then rain squalls, and finally a lot of wind. “

However spirits onboard are high with chat on deck about what they miss and what they are looking forward to in Rio. High on the list is the lack of contact with family and friends followed by a homemade dinner, a night’s sleep and clean laundry.

Showers of course are a luxury that the crew is looking forward to in Rio after spending so long with the stifling temperatures above and below deck. Some of the crew took advantage of a rain squall to have a freshwater shower whilst some of the other crew had to rely on a salty splash on deck.

It is estimated that the crews will arrive in Rio de Janeiro around 19/20 October for a week long stopover before departing for Capetown on 27 October.

The Clipper Round the World yacht Race will stop in Cork for 8 days of festivities from 01 July 2010.

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About the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is undoubtedly one of the greatest ocean adventures on the planet, also regarded as one of its toughest endurance challenges. Taking almost a year to complete, it consists of eleven teams competing against each other on the world’s largest matched fleet of 70-foot ocean racing yachts.

The Clipper Race was established in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo, non-stop, around the world in 1968-69. His aim was to allow anyone, regardless of previous sailing experience, the chance to embrace the thrill of ocean racing; it is the only event of its kind for amateur sailors. Around 40 per cent of crew are novices and have never sailed before starting a comprehensive training programme ahead of their adventure.

This unique challenge brings together everyone from chief executives to train drivers, nurses and firefighters, farmers, airline pilots and students, from age 18 upwards, to take on Mother Nature’s toughest and most remote conditions. There is no upper age limit, the oldest competitor to date is 76.

Now in its twelfth edition, the Clipper 2019-20 Race started from London, UK, on 02 September 2019.


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