Sunday, October 23, 2005

Clipper 05-06 | Round the World Race

Found the Clipper 05-06 Around the world Ocean Race. Ten state-of-the-art ocean racers that originated from the drawing board of celebrated yacht designer Ed Dubois started the race in Liverpool on Sunday 18th September 2005. The boats will be returning to Liverpool on 1st July 2006. The boats are 68ft long, they are 8ft longer than the highly successful Clipper 60s in use since 1996.

The leg 2, race 3 is about to start (October 25th, 2005), which will see the competitors cross from Salvador Brazil to Durban South Africa (ETA November 17th 2005). The Race began in Liverpool and has finished Leg 1 race 1, Liverpool to Cascais Portugal and Leg 1 race 2 Cascais Portugal to Salvador Brazil.

Here is the animated route map with rollovers to designate the stop over points and race legs. The official race website has the leg results and times for finishing. Each boat is set up with email and blogs to keep people in touch while on the water. Great reads here.

There is a Canadian boat as well. "Victoria" from B.C. Kind of partial to this one as it is the name of my daughter! Have been following the crew posts. Looking forward to the start of the next leg. Crew are drinking heavily and relaxing as good sailors on a long voyage should! Wishing them luck.


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