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Qingdao Wins Final Clipper 2017-18 Race In Liverpool

27th July 2018
Liverpool 2018 was second into its home city this morning Liverpool 2018 was second into its home city this morning Photo: Clipper Ventures

#ClipperRace - Qingdao claimed victory in Race 13 of the 2017-18 Clipper Race when they crossed the line at Liverpool this morning (Friday 27 July) at 10:04:04 UTC (11.04am local time).

The Chinese team’s second win of the current circumnavigation sees 12 points added to their overall total.

Close behind was home team Liverpool 2018 at 10:32 UTC — a big improvement on their last-place finish in Derry-Londonderry — while Garmin completed the podium just minutes later at 10:38 UTC.

Fourth place was taken by Unicef, when skipper Bob Beggs and crew crossed the line an hour behind the leading trio at 11:41 UTC.

At time of writing, Visit Seattle was the next boat poised to finish with just half a nautical mile left to cover.

However, with the race order unchanged for days, Nikki Henderson and team likely haven’t done enough to take the Clipper Race trophy from Sanya Serenity Coast.

Sanya, meanwhile, is in a battle for sixth with PSP Logistics less than five miles from the finish, while Dare to Lead has 15 miles to go — and Conall Morrison’s maintains a slim lead over GREAT Britain in ninth as they round Anglesey for the home stretch.

Nasdaq will be the last boat to arrive before the trilling sprint finish up the River Mersey to the Royal Albert Dock. Crucial last-minute points are available to the first three teams over the line tomorrow, Saturday 28 July.

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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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