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Derry–Londonderry–Doire Claims Second Podium in a Row in Clipper Race

8th January 2014
Derry–Londonderry–Doire Claims Second Podium in a Row in Clipper Race

#clipper – Derry~Londonderry~Doire has won its second podium position in a row, coming in second in Race 7 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race from Hobart to Brisbane to complete the Australian leg. 

With some very tough racing and the equivalent of three Sydney to Hobart races in as many weeks, the Northern Irish yacht has now completed half of the eight-stage round the world ocean odyssey.

After leading the fleet for the majority of the race, Derry~Londonderry~Doire was overtaken in the closing stages by Switzerland and crossed the finish line at 8:59:53pm local time, 10:59:53 UTC, 32 minutes behind winners Switzerland and ahead of OneDLL in third.

It was the second podium position for the team after victory in the prestigious Sydney to Hobart Race on 30 December.

Skipper Sean McCarter said: After six days of full on racing we are delighted to have obtained our second podium finish of the race so far. We gave it our all to get over the line ahead of Switzerland and I am extremely proud of the crew for pushing themselves to the max.

The addition of OneDLL hot on our tails also added to the nail-biting finish, as they grabbed third position over the line. Hats off to their team and thanks for putting your foot down to keep us going!

We talked about keeping the momentum going and thankfully managed to do it. We were leading a lot of the way and dropped a little bit at the end but it wasn't for the want of trying.

Mayor of Derry Londonderry, Cllr Martin Reilly congratulated the team and said: Congratulations and best wishes to Sean and the team. Everyone is very proud of their achievement. It is a fantastic start to 2014 and may their Legenderry winning form continue!

Published in Clipper Race Team

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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.