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#ClipperRace - Mail Online reports that offshore sailing legend and Clipper Round The World Race organiser Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is being sued by a woman over claims of harassment she experienced while crewing a yacht during the most recent edition of the race.
Ruth Harvey, an experienced lawyer by trade, paid £40,000 (€50,500) to join the crew of Jamaica Get All Right, which finished the race in eighth place, and raise funds for her chosen charity.
However, she was one of many crew across the fleet to drop out of the gruelling offshore challenge before the final leg.
Now Harvey is suing the race organisers over allegations that she experienced victimisation and harassment while crewing the yacht, and that she has a claim under employment and equality legislation.
A tribunal in November is set to decide whether Harvey can indeed be classed as an employee of the race organisers, even though she paid to take part in the race. Mail Online has much more on the story HERE.
#clipperrace – There were emotional scenes in the UK's capital city today as the Northern Irish team competing in the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race returned after narrowly missing out on a podium finish having conquered Mother Nature's toughest conditions.
Thousands of spectators lined the banks of the River Thames to welcome home 270 international amateur crew on 12 70-ft yachts as they formed a Parade of Sail which concluded with Tower Bridge lifting for the top three teams.
Derry~Londonderry~Doire narrowly missed out on a podium finish after being beaten by third-placed OneDLL by just four points.
A total of 670 crew members from 42 different countries have battled hurricanes, survived a tornado, dealt with medical evacuations and the miraculous rescue of a crew member who went overboard in the Pacific.
Derry~Londonderry~Doire went onto make international news back in March after Andrew Taylor went overboard in the Pacific Ocean for 90 minutes during Race 10 from Qingdao China, to San Francisco, USA.
"This has been an incredible experience and something that I will never forget," said Derry~Londonderry~Doire skipper Sean McCarter.
"It's unbelievable to be here in London. This last race was really important to us as a team as just three points separated us and OneDLL who went onto take third place. I couldn't be prouder of the team and how they have performed. They all worked so hard. There was never a point that they just thought lets settle for what we have, they kept pushing harder and harder all the way."
The normally reserved skipper continued to reap praise on his team after claiming an impressive fourth place in the ninth edition of the Clipper 2013-14 Race.
"As a team, it's hard to ever top anything like our homeport win into Derry-Londonderry but today has been spectacular. It'll be strange leaving the team, but I know we will always be great friends and LegenDerry."
Crew members range from doctors to lawyers, farmers, housewives, sports stars and students and are aged between 18 and 74. 40 per cent had never sailed before they participated.
Round the world crew member, Conor O Byrne, an Officer of the Garda from Dublin, Ireland was overwhelmed by the rapturous reception.
He said: "It was my dream to sail around the world and today I joined that elite group of people. The race has been absolutely incredible and I am so proud to stand alongside this group of people who have made this last year truly unforgettable for me.
"It is going to be a real culture shock not travelling to a different destination every few weeks and getting out of bed in the early hours to join my watch system."
The Mayor of Derry-Londonderry, Brenda Stevenson who was there to welcome in each of the 12 racing yachts to Foyle Marina during the Northern Irish stopover last month, was once again leading the celebrations in London today as she praised the team's incredible performance.
"Today was a really proud moment for everyone of Derry-Londonderry. Just weeks ago we saw the team win their homeport race into Derry-Londonderry and here we are at Race Finish. The city is already planning what we can do for the next race, and how we can make it even bigger for the Clipper 2015-16 Race. Today the team just narrowly missed out on third place overall, but for us they're winners."
The race left the UK's capital on 1 September 2013 and since then the teams have visited 16 ports in 11 countries and six continents during the 16-race series. The circumnavigation sees people from all walks of life join together in the only race of its kind for amateur sailors.
Each team is led by one professional skipper.
The Clipper Race was created in 1996 by legendary British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to give people from all walks of life and ages the opportunity to experience ocean racing including the option to complete a full circumnavigation.
Sir Robin became the first person to sail solo, non-stop, around the world 45 years ago, when he completed the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race on 22 April 1969 aboard his 32ft ketch Suhaili. At 75 the grandfather of five is still sailing competitively and will take on another transatlantic solo race this autumn in his open 60 yacht Grey Power.
#clipperrace–It was the perfect finale to a magical week on the Foyle; simply LegenDerry! A near cloudless sky greeted the 270 Clipper Race crew as they awoke this morning to prepare for the penultimate race in the 2013-14 Clipper Race series – number 15 – The OneDLL Cup to Den Helder in the Netherlands.
The near 800 nautical mile race will be a tactical challenge, navigating around Scotland, into the North Sea, and then on to the historic Naval port on the north west edge of Holland.
The crew was treated to gastro breakfast sandwiches prepared by local 'celebrity' chefs before the teams were led to their yachts by Derry-Londonderry Mayor Councillor Brenda Stevenson.
Skippers were presented with their locally crafted awards trophies and mementos of their stay in the city by the Mayor.
"You and your crews have all been very special," said Mayor Stevenson. "We've loved having you here. You're helping us tell our new story with pride and inspiring a new generation in this city."
Crowds swelled as the moment to slip lines approached, joined by VIPs of local dignitaries, including deputy first minister Martin McGuinness.
"This has been another remarkable week," he told the gathered crowds. "A united city celebrating together with the Clipper Race and looking forward to a brighter future. Look at all the visiting boats here. A great sight!"
Local skipper of Derry~Londonderry~Doire Sean McCarter is still coming to terms with the fact he clinched a win into his home port after a week of parties and celebration. He said:
"For the first few days the welcome party in Derry-Londonderry just didn't stop. It was lovely to see the whole family but whole city came out in numbers and it has been so nice. It's been really busy, which I knew it would be but I've had a little bit of time to catch up with friends and the family.
"Coming into Race 14 we broke the home port curse, for Race 15 we're looking to put the curse back in place and keep OneDLL out of the primary position."
The Derry~Londonderry~Doire team is just 5 points short of a podium place in the overall race standings. It will be doing everything it can to overtake OneDLL on points. Skipper Olly Cotterell, is already under pressure to win into their home port.
He commented: " This is out homeport race so we would love to that first yellow pennant which we have yet to achieve. We are going to sail our own race and see how it happens – we'll also be keeping a very close eye on Derry~Londonderry~Doire which is just five points behind us."
Meanwhile Dutch skipper Patrick Van Der Zijden aims to take Old Pulteney onto the podium in Den Helder after sailing around Scotland, home of 'The Maritime Malt'.
"We're going to have light winds which will be challenging, but we'll be working extra hard to arrive in Holland. We had a good boast from our last race and we'll be hoping to repeat our performance, and do it all again.
"At the moment we're seventh in the rankings two points behind Qingdao and the idea is to get ahead of them and be in the top half of the fleet in sixth place. So we will all be working hard to get there." said Patrick.
At the top of the leader board Henri Lloyd is 13.9 points clear of GREAT Britain on 130 points, But with 24 points still up for grabs it's not impossible for a late upset, especially with two short races.
Skipper of GREAT Britain, Simon Talbot, observed: "The pressure is on for the next race – we are a group of highly competitive a person who want to win and that is always our goal. We're realists; we know that this race is for Henri Lloyd to lose rather than for us to win. We could do everything right in the next two races and win both, but if Henri Lloyd do better than seventh they will still win."
The OneDLL Cup is going to be very hard to predict as the current forecast is for lighter airs which, combined with strong currents, could result in some upsets if teams get stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The race started at Greencastle, County Donegal at 1545 BST following a breathtaking display from the world famous RAF Red Arrows aerobatics team.
Possibly inspired by the airborne antics the home team Derry~Londonderry~Doire got off to a flying start across the line first ahead of GREAT Britain and Qingdao in second and third respectively. As at 1600 BST (1500 UTC) the race tracker showed Derry~Londonderry~Doire in a narrow lead ahead of Team Garmin and Old Pulteney.
The OneDLL Cup has an estimated arrival into Den Helder from 3 July subject to prevailing weather conditions.
#LegenderryTallShips – The Legenderry Maritime Festival held in the north-west city is where Lough Foyle has welcomed the return of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2014 but also some visiting tall-ships which too are open to the public.
So why not come along and board the tallships, Earl of Pembroke and Phoenix which together have appeared in many films and TV drama's and are berthed alongside McFarland Quay. From that quayside you can embark on board these wonderful sailing vessels which are open only today, (Thursday up to 6pm). For more details of festival programme visit here.
Since the festival began on mid-summers day and concludes on Sunday 29 June, the city and along Foyle Quay has been host for the homecoming festival in welcoming the 12 strong fleet of Clipper 70 yachts. Notably as previously reported, the Derry-Londonderry-Doire skippered by the city's hero, Sean McCarter following victory in race 14 from New York to the yacht's homeport as part of the world's longest ocean race.
There will also opportunities to visit these impressive racing boats as according to the festival organiser website click HERE, Clipper Ventures are making available two of the race yachts for tours today between (2-7pm), tomorrow Friday, June 27 (2-7pm) and also on Saturday, June 28 (9am-1pm).
Forming the focalpoint of the festival is at Foyle Quay where the summer promenade, complete with race village, marine marquees, award winning continental markets and a host of sea faring activities on and off shore will be held for all to enjoy.
So to soak up the action be it learning to canoe or sail a dingy or if you're happy to just go with the flow of the festival there's something to suit everyone. Come on, dive in and blow your inhibitions out of the water!
Last but not least will be the festival's farewell send-off in bidding bon voyage to the Clipper yachts as the Parade of Sail departs on Sunday (12 noon) from MacFarland Quay for the race start at Greencastle in Co Donegal.
The Red Arrows will perform their trademark formations with close-passes and dynamic loops and rolls at the mouth of the River Foyle between Greencastle in Co. Donegal and Magilligan/Binevenagh in Co. Derry.
For more information on the full programme of events or details on how to get involved, visit www.legenderrymaritimefestival.com
#clipperrace – Ever wondered what it takes to take charge of a crew in one of the world's most challenging ocean yacht races? With the Clipper Round the World Race nearing the final few stages before the crews race to the finish line in London in July, we ask Jan Ridd, skipper of Team Garmin, what it takes to inspire a group of 50 plus men and women from all walks of life and find out more about his involvement and history with this iconic racing event.
Q: What makes a good Clipper Round the World Race skipper?
The role of round the world skipper requires a very specific and varied skill set. Obviously sailing skills are essential but knowing when and at what level to push the boat and the crew without compromising safety is the key sailing skill. People management is a key skill and being able to vary your approach and leadership style to get the best from individual crew members, but I feel the most important quality a race skipper need is resilience. The emotional highs and lows of yacht racing will mentally wear you out; the crew will draw on your emotional strength which in itself can be challenging. You must realize that however tired, low or upset you are, you must put on your professional face and deal with running the boat.
Q: How and when did you first get involved in sailing?
I came in to sailing late in my life. I owned a small motor boat and decided to go to the local college for evening class to gain the RYA Day Skipper Course theory part. At the course I met a good group who had booked the follow up practical course and asked me if would like to join them. After a great week sailing in the West Country I was hooked! My life circumstances drastically changed with a divorce and I decided to sell up and move to Cowes and studied at the United Kingdom Sailing Academy to gain my professional sailing qualifications. After a couple of seasons jumping on and off any yacht I could get on, I applied to the Clipper Race to be a skipper on a fleet of 38ft yachts they used to operate in the Solent for corporate hospitality. This was back in 2001 and was the start of my relationship with the Clipper Race. When the 68s were delivered in 2005 I got involved in the training of the race crew, firstly as a mate, and later as a training skipper. The Clipper Race asked me to apply to be a race skipper in the 2007/08 race but I felt I was not ready so waited until the 2009/10 race.
Q: You have been involved in training in the Clipper Round the World Race since 2005 and skippered in the 2009-10. What do you think you learnt from that race and how has it helped you so far in the 2013-14 Race?
Stepping on the Clipper 70 in Singapore for the first time was a very daunting task, especially with a crew I did not know. I must admit having the experience of doing the race before made the adjustment a lot easier. The biggest lesson I learnt in the 2009/10 race is not to let the little setbacks upset you too much, accept that you cannot control everything, learn to pace yourself and know when to push yourself to attain the best boat result.
Q: 80% of the men and women taking part in the Clipper Round the World Race are inexperienced when they sign up for what is probably the most thrilling experience of their lives. It must be a huge challenge to prepare them for a race such as this. Tell us a little about what kind of training they have to go through before the race and any particular characteristics they should have to succeed in a race such as this?
The basic training involves three intensive weeks on board the yachts. Level one is their first introduction to big boat sailing with a big emphasis on safety. Level two training is a little bit more involved where the more evolved evolutions are taught, as well as basic race tactics. Level three training is the final part of the program where the crew is placed on their race boat with their skipper and involves several races to simulate the pressures of the race. This is a key part of the training and allows the skipper and crew to get to know each other and their boat.
Q: How do you keep your crew motivated when things aren't looking so great?
This is probably the hardest part of the job and I always find honesty is the best policy. By being open and frank about the situation and discussing the best thing we can do as a team to improve can turn most negatives into a positive. It is not a mistake if you learn from it.
Q: Do you have a favourite leg of the Race?
I was a little upset that I missed the South Atlantic and the Indian and Southern ocean crossings as the Clipper 70 definitely comes alive when it is sailing downwind. I would have loved the chance to have got the boat on a fast surf as I am sure they are capable of hitting 30+ knots. Although these legs can be very uncomfortable, they do provide the strong winds and the large seas required to get these boats surfing.
Q: Garmin has supplied each of the twelve participating boats with identical marine electronics specifically designed for ocean going racing yachts. How has this technology helped Team Garmin specifically and is there a particular product that has been invaluable to you during the Race so far?
I find the instruments very easy to use with a clear menu to adjust the display and a great range of preprogrammed settings which allow me to access all information from any of the displays on the boat. The most used item on the boat is the GPS chartplotter. Although we do not have any of the charts loaded as we use a separate marine PC for navigation, the chartplotter has so many versatile functions, it can be set up to display anything you require. I particularly rely on the graph function which records the wind strength over a set period (4 hours) allowing me to see the trend and decide the best time to make any tactical choices.
#legenderry – The Clipper Round the World Race course was shortened with a time limit placed on the race of 1200 UTC Sunday 22 June after unusual weather patterns caused by a persistent high pressure system centred just west of Ireland threatened to hamper the progress of the fleet.
The Derry~Londonderry~Doire yacht was the closest boat to the original finish line off Greencastle County Donegal at 155.1 miles, with Team Garmin and Old Pulteney in second and third places at 163.9 and 165.8 miles to the line respectively.
It was a very closely fought battle for podium positions with PSP Logistics, Jamaica Get All Right and GREAT Britain all jostling with Old Pulteney for the final podium place. All the fleet's finishing positions for Race 14 are published below.
Local 'hero' Skipper of Derry~Londonderry~Doire is Sean McCarter who was born in Donegal and brought up in Derry-Londonderry who put on a spectacular performance leading the fleet for the majority of the race. After the race office verified the fleet's results, the normally reserved skipper couldn't hide his pride after breaking the notorious homecoming race curse to come in first place into his homeport. The last time that happened was six years ago into New York in June 2008.
"We inherited the title of LengenDerry crew, but now it's official. I couldn't be any prouder of how this team has performed. We have always said this is our race and there was no way we were going to let anyone else stand on that podium in Derry-Londonderry ahead of us.
"To everyone back in Derry-Londonderry - we've waited a long time for this moment and we can't wait to celebrate it with you. See you tomorrow."
The happy ending was almost scuppered by Team Garmin after it narrowly took the lead, emerging from Stealth Mode in first place in the early hours of Saturday morning. However, Derry~Londonderry~Doire wasn't ready to give up and repositioned itself further north of the fleet where it regained its lead and maintained it through to the finish.
On board the Northern Irish entry is crew member Breidge Boyle, from Derry-Londonderry is looking forward to being reunited with her family on arrival:
"I am so proud to be a part of this fabulous team and this fabulous boat. I am so proud of our skipper, who throughout the hard times stood firm and led us to victory. This team is truly Legenderry and so is Sean.
"I can't wait to arrive in the city now – mum, I can't wait to see you."
The 12 points now places Derry~Londonderry~Doire just five points behind OneDLL on the overall leaderboard. The Northern Irish team is now in serious contention for an overall podium place in the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race, as just two races remain in the 16 race series.
Derry~Londonderry~Doire is estimated to arrive at Foyle Marina in Derry-Londonderry around 1100 BST Monday 23 June where thousands of local supporters and Clipper Race fans are expected to line the quayside, eager to get a glimpse of the winning local team.
The rest of the fleet is due to arrive at Foyle Marina throughout the day, with the last boats expected by Tuesday morning.
For those eager to get a taste of life at sea on board a Clipper 70 racing yacht, open boat tours will be running from Wednesday to Friday 25-27 June at 2-7 pm.
The 12-strong fleet will be berthed at Foyle Marina until Sunday 29 June when they will set off from Derry-Londonderry to start the next race from Greencastle. The RAF Red Arrows will provide a spectacular aerial display along the coastline ahead of the Race 15 start to Den Helder in the Netherlands for the OneDLL Cup.
Yesterday, the Clipper Round the World Race Race Office announced the race to Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland will have a time limit applied due to the challenging weather patterns hampering some of the fleet's progress.
The fleet's direct route to the finish passes through the centre of the high pressure system which will result in the yachts stalling and slowing down. The only alternative is for them to either go above or below the high pressure which will lengthen the time to finish.
The teams are now carefully analysing tactics to put their yachts in the best position by 13:00 BST (12:00 UTC) on Sunday 22 June when distance to finish at that time will be used to award places and enable boats to make best speed to Derry-Londonderry by motor-sail.
Sean McCarter, skipper of home port boat Derry~Londonderry~Doire, explained his team's decision regarding the current weather system.
"On receiving our daily instalment of weather information yesterday morning, it was immediately apparent that an important decision was needed. We could either continue with our plan of sailing into the high until the breeze dropped and tack south to start a long slow beat under it.
"After going over the routing for both options, we decided that heading north would mean sailing less miles on faster angles whilst dodging the light patches on the west coast that are also hindered by tides.
"The unfortunate part was that we would have to sacrifice a large portion of our lead to reposition ourselves for the new strategy. The hope is to gain some of this back in a day or two as we pick up a more favourable heading before the chasing pack. Only time will tell..."
GREAT Britain skipper Simon Talbot said he was facing a routeing tactical nightmare as the forecasts have varied day on day about the exact location of the high and how it will move.
The yacht went into Stealth Mode at 1200 UTC today where its tactics will be hidden for a 24 hour period.
"Now we have the time limit on the race, the conundrum becomes slightly different, in that we now need a route that will minimize our distance to finish, rather than actually necessarily getting us to Derry-Londonderry. This has proven to be a source of great head scratching today as we go over and over the scenarios and keep re-reading the weather to see if there is something in there that we have missed."
Simon Rowell, the Clipper Race meteorologist, added the high pressure system west of Ireland should start to edge slowly south in the next 48 hours.
"There should be a relatively narrow band of favourable winds to the north of this which some of the yachts are clearly trying to take advantage of, banking on faster boat speed to balance the greater distance involved, while to the south of it the yachts there will carry on beating into light to moderate headwinds."
Meanwhile, Old Pulteney is provisionally the fastest team through the Ocean Sprint so far with a time of 13 hours 57 minutes and 36 seconds. Qingdao and Mission Performance are still in the Ocean Sprint section of the course.
The first boat is expected to arrive in Derry-Londonderry on the morning of Monday 23 June with the remainder of the fleet due on the Foyle by the afternoon of Tuesday 24 June.
#clipperrace – New wind has arrived with boat speeds picking up and the frontrunners extending their lead over the rest of the Clipper round the world race fleet by more than 200 miles.
The nine yachts that didn't manage to outrun the ridge of high pressure that engulfed them are now running with their spinnakers up with the new south easterly winds.
The front three yachts are beating upwind on a north easterly course after getting as far east as they could to escape the complicated weather systems.
Derry-Londonderry-Doire has held onto its lead and has also started the Ocean Sprint section of the course. It is followed by Jamaica Get All Right and GREAT Britain in third.
PSP Logistics came out of Stealth Mode where its position was hidden for 24 hours and has moved up to fifth place on the leaderboard. Skipper Chris Hollis said: "It was a pretty successful phase for us, pulling back a lot of miles and then some on the middle of the pack, which has now given us a fighting chance.
"The problem is we still need to make an easterly heading at some point. So a pretty big knock on the other tack is to be expected at some point. It is just a matter of when you do to minimise the damage of the negative tack.
"We are in company of Henri Lloyd and OneDLL who snuck over the horizon yesterday afternoon while we were on the edge of the southerly and dead zone. It is great to have them behind us for once. However, OneDLL having been wounded early on this race is on a storming comeback mission, and Henri Lloyd... Well, the leaders of the regatta are just about unstoppable at times."
Fleet tracker: yb.tl/clipper2013-race14
#clipperrace – Derry~Londonderry~Doire leadsthe Clipper Round the world race fleet this morning with Team Garmin in second and Switzerland in third place in frustratingly light winds for the transaltantic crossing.
Clipper Race meteorologist Simon Rowell said the wind is expected to fill in a little today but after that a low will move slowly east north easterly into the Atlantic, and a smaller area of low pressure should move off the area between Sable Island and Newfoundland behind it, like a secondary depression.
Jan Ridd, skipper of Team Garmin, said: "Well it has been an interesting first 24 hours to this race, with gains and losses made by boats choosing different tactics in some light winds.
"After the start the boats all bunched together as we could sail our course but as the wind moved aft the plots on the schedule show a clear starburst effect as boats choose different tacks.
"Here on Team Garmin we decided to stay fairly close to the rhumb line and stay with the main fleet. Earlier this morning we saw a group of boats tack early to the south and disappear over the horizon. This afternoon they reappeared after making a few miles on the rest of the fleet."
Sean McCarter, skipper of Derry~Londonderry~Doire, said he had taken a more southerly route in the hope of picking up an eddy of the Gulf Stream and seemed to have found it.
"The trick now is to milk as much from it as possible without risking being taken too far out of position and into lighter breeze."
With just under two weeks to go until the LegenDerry stopover, today the Feast Day of the Patron Saint of Derry, Colmcille, is being marked. It is believed he founded the city of Derry in 563 AD before going to Scotland to spread Christianity.
The fleet will receive a rousing welcome when they sail into the home port of Derry. For details of the festival celebrations visit www.legenderrymaritimefestival.com
#clipperroundtheworldrace – The Derry~Londonderry~Doire yacht, one of twelve 70ft yachts competing in the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race, has set sail for its home port from New York this weekend following a spectacular parade of sail against the iconic Lower Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty.
This is the final leg of the 11 month, 40,000-mile race, the world's longest, which is expected to arrive on the Foyle between 21-23 June to kick off a massive festival that will run until the fleet's departure on 29 June.
For local skipper Sean McCarter it's going to be a unique experience sailing into his home port: "New York has been amazing, I think everyone has had a very enjoyable stopover and is raring to go for the final homecoming leg into Derry-Londonderry.
"I grew up in Derry-Londonderry it's my home town. It's a great place to sail in to but to do it as the skipper of the home team, and preferably in first place, is something I will remember for the rest of my life and I know the crew will too."
"I have been trying to prepare the crew for the stopover, as everyone knows what an incredible welcome the city put on for the fleet during the Clipper 2011-12 Race. If what everyone tells me is true, it's going to be even bigger this time around – truly legenDerry!