Clipper Race resumes – Liverpool 08 leads

from liverpool08.com

27/3/2006
Clipper 05 06 Race resumes – Liverpool 08 leads
The 10 Clipper 68s competing in the Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race crossed the start line in Subic Bay for Race 6 to Qingdao, China. After a false start from Victoria, New York was the first to cross the start line but Liverpool 08 soon took the lead.

When the boats crossed the line this afternoon, it was an extra special moment for all concerned, following the fleet’s unscheduled stop in the Philippines to sort out keel problems.

A phenomenal amount of work has gone into getting the boats ready to sail today. Teams have been working flat out to get everything up and running and tested in time for the today’s restart. Despite a break of seven weeks, the racing was tight in a gentle breeze, and the fleet split into two separate groups at opposite sides of the bay where they got involved in various tacking duels.

Skipper Tim Magee said: “The crew have shown an unbelievable commitment in the last few days, as they have since the start of the race. That is reason we’re doing so well in the race is because of them. We’re only half way through the competition and, standing in third place that number one slot is still in our sight.”

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Chairman of Clipper Ventures Plc, who was out on the water in a local yacht to see the re-start, said: “The Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race is back on!”

“Thanks to an almost super human effort by the Clipper team, Green Marine and a small army of Filipino laminators, the remedial work on the Clipper fleet was completed in an impressive time frame.”

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