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#rshyr – Ireland's boat in the Clipper Round-the-World Challenge, the 70ft Castro-designed Derry-Londonderry-Doire, is on target to win her 12-boat class in the Sydney-Hobart Race today writes WM Nixon.

Skippered by Sean McCarter of Lough Swilly Yacht Club, and with Garda Siochana member Conor O'Byrne as a Watch Leader, DLDD had been consolidating a lead which she established around the mid-point of the 628 mile offshore classic, and is now (10.30 hrs our time) racing through the Tasmanian night over the final 35 miles to the finish.

But McCarter and his crew are under no illusions that this last inshore leg across Storm Bay and up the Derwent Estuary to the finish off the Hobart waterfront can see hard-earned leads wiped out in a couple of hours. Even with a margin of 12 miles over the next boat, the going is tricky, for they know that until three hours ago they'd manage to stretch it out to nearly 14 miles.

The boats still at sea in this annual offshore classic had a bit of a pasting during the past 24 hours with winds up to gale force. Of the nine retirals, one was the much-fancied 55ft Wedgetail aboard which Adrienne Cahalan was sailing as navigator. Wedgetail was dismasted, but until then she'd been challenging another boat of Irish interest, Matt Allen's new Carkeek 60 Ichi Ban helmed by Gordon Maguire.

Although Ichi Ban was first to finish in Division 1, her handicap lead in that class was soon taken by one of the German entries, the Ker 51 Varuna (Jens Kellinghusen), and then she slipped to third as the remarkably low-rated Swan 82 Nikita (Tom Brewer) came up the Derwent in stately style to push Ichi Ban back to third in class, a position she'll probably retain.

Overall, boats around the 50ft mark fitted this challenging race's changing demands very neatly, and it looks as though the oveall winner will be the Cookson 50 Victoire. Owned by Sydney plastic surgeon Darryl Hodgkinson, this boat was formerly Chris Bull's Jazz. If her expected Hobart race success holds good, it will add yet further lustre to a brilliant and enduring design which already lists the overall win in the Fastnet and the RORC Caribbean 600 in her CV, plus of course the recent comprehensive victory by Adrian Lee's Cookson 50 Lee Overlay Partners in the Dubai-Muscat Race.

Of the larger boats which attracted so much attention before the race, the neck-and-neck finish between Karl Kwok's new 80ft Beau Geste and the two Volvo 70s, Giacomo (ex-Groupama) and Black Jack (ex-Telefonica) would have been even more exciting had it not happened in the dark, when one nav light is much the same as another.

Black Jack tacked across one minute and 11 seconds ahead of Beau Geste, which in turn was one minute and six seconds ahead of Giacomo. But thanks to her slightly lower rating on handicap, Giacomo (Jim Delegat, New Zealand) corrected ahead of the other two in Div 0, getting third place just ahead of line honours winner Wild Oats XI.

The First 40 Breakthrough being skippered by Barry Hurley of the Royal Irish YC has had her moments of glory, and at one stage in mid-race she was shown as third overall. Currently she still has 98 miles to sail, which puts her in 7th place in Division 3.

Published in Sydney to Hobart

#clipper – The northern Irish entry competing in the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race has started the 2150 mile fifth stage to Sydney from Albany, Western Australia. Race 5 is the fleet's second dip into the Southern Ocean which will provide a final shakedown for the amateur crews before the 12-strong fleet debuts in the classic Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race –Race 6 of the 16 Race series.

Following a Parade of Sail in King George Sound, Derry~Londonderry~Doire was second over the line after Great Britain with the Chinese entry Qingdao in third.

Sean McCarter, skipper of Derry~Londonderry~Doire said ahead of race start. "After such a dramatic finish in the last race, we are pretty pumped ahead of Race 5. It will be nice to do a shorter race as this sprint to Sydney will only be 10 or 11 days.

"We hope we can carry on learning from the last race and stay consistent the whole way through. There will be some tactical differences in this race as it is about going fast right from the go and keeping up the pressure without burning ourselves out or risking any damage to equipment ahead of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race."

Published in Clipper Race

#clipperroundtheworldrace – Derry Lononderry skippered by Sean McCarter is leading the Clipper Round the World Race in the first major Ocean crossing of the 2013/14 race. Although not considered a compulsory gate for the race, the first three yachts through will be awarded valuable points, 3, 2 and 1 respectively. With no change at the top of the leader board overnight, these extra points could make a big difference to those challenging the leaders Derry~Londonderry~Doire.

Gareth Glover, skipper of Qingdao currently in fifth place who also skippered in the 2011-12 edition of the race, understands all too well how important it is to make the right decision at this crucial point in the race.

"We are now around 600 miles from the Scoring Gate, so we are still deciding whether to head that way or take a different route to cross the ITCZ (Intertropical Convergence Zone, the Doldrums) and head south. 600 miles sound like a long way, but to make up the lost miles to the lead yachts we would have to sail a lot faster, and that's easy said than done."

You can keep an eye on the fleets progress by checking the Official Race Viewer here. To catch up with all of our skippers, you can read the daily skipper reports here

Published in Clipper Race

#Clipper - A Fastnet Race veteran hopes to secure enough votes from the public to earn a place in a leg of the next Clipper Round The World Yacht Race.

Patrick Madden is applying for the Asia Pacific Challenge, the fifth leg of the global race from December 2013 to February 2014, via Gore-Tex Experiencer Tour's Clipper Ventures.

"This is quite simply the best opportunity to achieve my wildest dreams," he says. "I did the Fastnet Race in 2011 - a long held dream of mine ever since I sat in a caravan near Crookhaven being blown about in a storm force gale back in August 1979. My brother was doing the that race. I have never seen my father look so frightened in his whole life.

"Now I have nothing but the greatest respect for the sea," he adds. "And I can think of no greater honour than doing a race like this one. It is the true test of a person, no one can do a race like this and not be changed by it. This is my wildest dream and I would truly love to win a place onboard."

You can show your support for Patrick by visiting his profile page and clicking the 'Vote Now!' button.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, a serving member of An Garda Siochána has also launched a bit to compete in the next Clipper race.

Conor O'Byrne, who describes himself as "a keen sailor" with a "burning desire of sailing around the world", has started a blog to record his preparations for and participation in the race.

Published in Clipper Race

#Clipper - A serving member of An Garda Síochána has launched his bid to compete in the next edition of the Clipper Round-The-World Yacht Race.

Conor O'Byrne, who describes himself as "a keen sailor" with a "burning desire of sailing around the world", has started a blog to record his preparations for and participation in the race, the first leg of which kicks off from England this coming August.

The garda hopes to use his place in the epic voyage to raise awareness for the Irish Underwater Search and Recovery Unit, but also has more personal reasons in mind for the challenge.

"My reason for undertaking the race and being such a long time away from home and sailing in some of the world's most punishing seas was to hopefully build on my character and to learn more about myself and other people in the most extreme conditions.

"I like to be pushed beyond my comfort zone as I enjoy a challenge."

Follow Conor's preparations for the year-long race - which takes a route via South America, South Africa, Australia, China, the USA, Panama, Canada and Northern Ireland - at his Garda Around The World blog HERE.

Published in Clipper Race

#CLIPPER COVERAGE - To mark the stopover in Londonderry of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, BBC 1 Northern Ireland will present an hour-long programme tomorrow evening at 7pm.

The show presented by Claire McCollum and Gavin Andrews, will bring viewers a flavour of the north-west city where celebrations are expected to attract thousands of families and sightseers.

The homecoming celebration is one of the biggest events to be held in preparation for Derry-Londonderry's year as UK City of Culture in 2013, as the city welcomes the racing yachts to the Foyle including a very special boat bearing the city's name.

Published in Maritime TV
Yorkshire is set to take on the world with the announcement today that it is to compete in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race as the only English entry in the ten-strong field for the 40,000-mile global contest which is 'raced by people like you'. The world's longest yacht race will start from Southampton, on the south coast of England, on 31 July 2011.

Boasting striking pink livery, the Welcome to Yorkshire yacht is sure to attract attention as she spearheads a global marketing mission to raise the profile of the county.

This will be the third consecutive edition of the Clipper Race, now in its 15th year, in which the county has been represented and the project will build on the impact of its predecessor, Hull & Humber, which raced in Clipper 07-08 and Clipper 09-10, hosting successful business to business, tourism and cultural events in many of the ports of call.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said, "Yorkshire is a world class destination and deserves to be seen on a global stage. The Clipper Race is the perfect event to showcase Yorkshire in key global markets. This is the third edition running that Yorkshire has had representation in the Clipper Race; we are building on the success of those endeavours and hope to make this race our most successful to date."

Media coverage for Hull & Humber's participation has been valued at more than US$17 million, while evaluation by Yorkshire Forward, the Regional Development Agency, showed the impact of previous campaigns helped raise the regional profile, aid inward investment, change local perceptions and increase tourism and educational opportunities.

Founder and chairman of the Clipper Race, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, said, "I am very happy to say, Welcome to Yorkshire' for Clipper 11-12. This is the third race in which the county has been represented and it has always been a strong contender, both in the race and in ports of call where Welcome to Yorkshire has already shown itself to be an organisation that comes up with inspiring and effective ways to promote tourism and giving a warm Yorkshire welcome around the world."

The Clipper Race was established by Sir Robin, the first man to sail solo and non-stop around the world, in order to give ordinary people the chance to do something truly extraordinary. Approximately 40 per cent of the crew have never sailed before embarking on their rigorous pre-race training and those taking part come from all walks of life, representing more than 230 professions and 40 nationalities. Among those in the Welcome to Yorkshire team are 14 natives and residents of the county.

Each of the ten teams is led by an elite skipper and taking charge of Welcome to Yorkshire will be Englishman, Rupert Dean. Rupert is no stranger to the Clipper Race having skippered a team twice before in Clipper 98 and Clipper 2000. But, having come in as a relief skipper at short notice he has unfinished business and is looking forward to running a race campaign from start to finish – and he's out for victory.

"I have every intention of winning Clipper 11-12," says Rupert, 39. "Everyone knows the importance of preparing oneself, the yacht and her crew before the start line, so to manage a complete campaign from start to finish, with everything that entails, is an opportunity I relish."

Rupert and some of his crew joined Welcome to Yorkshire representatives for the announcement in the historic town of Whitby, home to one of the world's greatest explorers, Captain James Cook.

Speaking on board a replica of Cook's boat, the Bark Endeavour, Rupert said, "I am very proud to be leading the Welcome to Yorkshire team in our biggest endeavour to date. We will do our very best as ambassadors for the county."

The 40,000 mile circumnavigation is contested by ten identical stripped down 68-foot racing yachts, each sponsored by a city, region, country or company. Joining Welcome to Yorkshire for Clipper 11-12 are the Keppel Corporation sponsored Singapore and, representing China's Olympic sailing city, Qingdao, both entering the race for the fourth time. Returning for a second time is Visit Finland, backed by the Finnish Tourist Board and Scottish entry Edinburgh Inspiring Capital. And making their debut in the race are Derry-Londonderry, celebrating their status as UK City of Culture 2013, and De Lage Landen, the global provider of asset-based financing programmes, which will race under the Dutch flag. For the first time there will be two Australian entries vying to keep the Clipper Trophy down under: Geraldton Western Australia and Gold Coast Australia. The name of the final yacht is due to be announced next week.

Published in Clipper Race
The start of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race from Southampton is just one month away. Celebrations to mark the start of the 40,000-mile race around the globe will take place all weekend in Ocean Village, beginning with the arrival of the ten 68-foot yachts on the afternoon of Thursday 28 July and culminating in their departure and parade of sail in Southampton Water on Sunday 31 July.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to visit Southampton over the weekend for the colourful, atmospheric and emotional spectacle. As well as the ten yachts, each named after a city, region or country around the world, the event will include live music, stalls and entertainment and the line up on the main stage will be announced in the coming weeks.

There will be a raft of free, family-friendly entertainment in the race village while the yachts and their crews, 'people like you' drawn from all walks of life and representing more than 40 nationalities, make their final preparations before they say goodbye to their loved ones and set sail on the 12-month challenge – the sailing equivalent of climbing Mount Everest.

For the large south coast sailing community the event offers the chance to be a part of the first round the world yacht race to start from the iconic sailing grounds of the Solent since 2004.

The Clipper Race organisers are keen to make the event one that everyone can be a part of and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, founder and Chairman of the Clipper Race and the first man to sail solo and non-stop around the world, says, "I am personally very keen to ensure as many local boat owners, crew and general boating enthusiasts as possible have the opportunity to enjoy this event."

Many are expected to turn out to join the small boat flotilla escorting the race yachts as they pass in formation down Southampton Water and cross the historic Royal Yacht Squadron line at the start of their epic journey around the world.

To register their intention to take part in the flotilla or to get involved in an official capacity on the water, boat owners can email [email protected]

Those who don't have access to their own vessel can still get up close to the action on one of the larger spectator boats including those operated by Red Funnel. Full details of spectator boats and how to book places can be found on the official race website, www.clipperroundtheworld.com.

On Sunday 31 July the teams will take to the stage from noon for the departure ceremony, which will be followed by a fleet blessing before the yachts begin to slip their moorings and head out of Ocean Village at 1.30pm.

The parade of sail will begin at 2.30pm just off Mayflower Park and the ten yachts, battle colours flying, will sail in formation down Southampton Water towards the start line.

The race itself will start at 4.30pm from the Royal Yacht Squadron start line in Cowes and the yachts will head out of the Solent eastwards towards the forts.

Southampton City Council and MDL Marinas, owner of Ocean Village Marina where the yachts will be berthed, are working in partnership to host the Clipper 11-12 race start, the eighth edition of the event established by Sir Robin to give people from all walks of life the opportunity to take part in the life-changing experience of ocean racing.

As the official host port for the race start Southampton can expect a significant economic return from the tens of thousands of visitors expected to visit the city over the four days the fleet will be in Southampton, generating millions of pounds worth of revenue into the local economy.

Local businesses will also be briefed on international trade opportunities alongside the race and benefit from networking events with the international sponsors and business partners visiting Southampton for the start of Clipper 11-12.

Latest details about the race start events for the public will be posted on the Clipper Race official web site, www.clipperroundtheworld.com.

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The Qingdao naming ceremony at St Catherine's Dock in London.
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the only global competition where people from all walks of life can step out of their comfort zones and sign up to race 40,000 miles around the world. They come from backgrounds as varied as marketing executives, nurses, bankers, carpenters, IT specialists, engineers and chief executives who represent more than 40 nationalities. Almost half of them have never sailed before embarking on their training for the worldÕs longest ocean race.

Published in Clipper Race
Sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has announced a brand new fleet of 70-foot racers for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Top naval architect Tony Castro has been commissioned to design the Clipper 70 fleet that will compete in the race from 2013 onwards.
The new yachts, to be built in China and fitted out by international suppliers, will have an increased crew capacity of 22, and feature a new hull design optimised for performance that should see speeds increase to more than 30 knots in the right conditions.
Other features include twin helms, twin rudders and a six-food bowsprit which will allow for the use of a huge Code Zero sail to complement the Yankee headsails, staysail and mainsail.
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is open people from all walks of life regardless of previous sailing experience.
In its 15-year history the race "has changed people’s lives and turned almost 3,000 sailing novices into experienced ocean racers", according to Knox-Johnston.
Clipper Ventures chief excective William Ward added: "Crew places on the last race sold out well in advance and Clipper 11-12 is set to do the same. We will therefore be using the 2011 London International Boat Show to launch our crew recruitment drive for Clipper 13-14 and beyond.”
The Clipper 11-12 race - the last to feature the Clipper 68 sailing the 40,000-mile (64,000 km) round-the-world course - will commence this August.

Sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has announced a brand new fleet of 70-foot racers for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Top naval architect Tony Castro has been commissioned to design the Clipper 70 fleet that will compete in the race from 2013 onwards.

The new yachts, to be built in China and fitted out by international suppliers, will have an increased crew capacity of 22, and feature a new hull design optimised for performance that should see speeds increase to more than 30 knots in the right conditions.

Other features include twin helms, twin rudders and a six-food bowsprit which will allow for the use of a huge Code Zero sail to complement the Yankee headsails, staysail and mainsail.

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is open people from all walks of life regardless of previous sailing experience. 

In its 15-year history the race "has changed people’s lives and turned almost 3,000 sailing novices into experienced ocean racers", according to Knox-Johnston.

Clipper Ventures chief excective William Ward added: "Crew places on the last race sold out well in advance and Clipper 11-12 is set to do the same. We will therefore be using the 2011 London International Boat Show to launch our crew recruitment drive for Clipper 13-14 and beyond.”

The Clipper 11-12 race - the last to feature the Clipper 68 sailing the 40,000-mile (64,000 km) round-the-world course - will commence this August.

Published in Clipper Race

Sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has launched his latest search for ten exceptional skippers to lead the internationally sponsored teams in the next edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Clipper 11-12 will start form the UK in August next year and on board the matched fleet of stripped down 68-foot ocean racing yachts will be teams of novice crews representing all walks of life. The only professional sailor on board, the skipper has the challenge of turning such a diverse mix of people into a finely-honed racing team and it's one that professionals understand can deliver valuable benefits to their CV.

Sir Robin says, "Tackling this unique challenge, with its roaring gales and towering seas, as well as the frustrations of tricky calm spells, is no mean feat. The skippers we are looking for need to be up to the challenge of competitively racing our 68-foot yachts around the world with a non-professional crew onboard.

"The successful individuals must have the ability to draw the line between competitiveness and safety, whilst also motivating a sometimes exhausted crew into an enthusiastic and committed team.

"Leading a team of novice sailors in a race around the world is one of the hardest and most challenging jobs that any skipper could ever undertake and not everybody is up to this challenge."

Successful candidates will skipper one of the Dubois designed Clipper 68s and must also have an understanding of the commercial and media demands of this high-profile global event which can help launch a skipper's career.

The youngest skipper to win the Clipper Race was Alex Thomson who was just 25 when he led a team in the 1998 edition of the race. Twelve years later and Alex is getting his brand new IMOCA Open 60, Hugo Boss, ready for the double-handed Barcelona World Race which starts in December. The Gosport based sailor is widely considered to be one of the UK's top solo ocean racers and once he has returned for the Barcelona World Race he will be hoping to fulfil his dream by becoming the first non-Frenchman to win the Vendee Globe.

Other Clipper skippers who have gone on to secure sponsorship for solo ocean racing include Hannah Jenner who skippered in both the Clipper 07-08 and 09-10 Races. Hannah will be taking part in the Global Ocean Race next year, a 30,000-mile double-handed race around the world. Similarly Clipper 09-10 skipper, Chris Stanmore-Major is about to set off on his 2,500-mile qualifying passage for the VELUX 5 OCEANS race onboard his Open 60 Spartan having secured sponsorship to take part in what is deemed to be 'The Ultimate Solo Challenge'.

Interested skippers need to have the correct level of qualifications, including an MCA approved Ocean Yachtmaster. They need to be excellent sailors who put seamanship and safety first, have a proven track record in sail training and can demonstrate that they are strong team leaders.

Clipper Race Director Joff Bailey, skipper of New York in the Clipper 05-06 Race, says, "Being a race skipper in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race was one of the hardest jobs I have ever done. However, the reward and satisfaction when you see the crew that you have trained react to situations as though they were full-time professionals and the look of achievement on their faces when they have crossed an ocean and finished a race, is the best high in the world."

If you think you are up for the challenge and have the right characteristics and experience contact Sir Robin by email on [email protected] to request an application form.

 

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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