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8 Aug 2013, 02:59 AM
Rogu-va sa nu va imbulziti la urna :); timp este, aveti putzina rabdare!

27 Aug 2013, 01:05 AM
Clipper Race: Leg 8 - Homecoming - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoZwP3xMa_M)

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27 Aug 2013, 10:03 AM
Clipper Race: Leg 7 - America, coast to coast - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01hVAg9xpLs)

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27 Aug 2013, 07:32 PM
Clipper Race: Leg 6 - The Pacific Ocean - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBMWNBEe-0E)

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28 Aug 2013, 07:43 AM
Clipper Race: Leg 5 - Asia-Pacific challenge - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItHJnffCK_M)

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29 Aug 2013, 08:35 AM
Clipper Race: Leg 4 - Back to the Southern Ocean - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwTqQ0SlzK0)

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30 Aug 2013, 07:29 AM
Clipper Race: Leg 3 - The Southern Ocean - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9qbmx1zGPs)

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31 Aug 2013, 09:03 AM
Clipper Race: Leg 2 - The South Atlantic - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE7D0f6X0UU)

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1 Sep 2013, 09:28 AM

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1 Sep 2013, 09:29 AM

2 Sep 2013, 11:25 AM

4 Sep 2013, 05:14 AM
Jamaica, nu se simte all right (, :D prea mult rau de mare?

6 Sep 2013, 01:42 AM

6 Sep 2013, 08:15 PM

Pentru unii, viatza, viatza, legata cu atza...!


6 Sep 2013, 08:46 PM
Race 1 - Day 2

Tasha Hacker

02 SEP 2013 - Race 1

When you think of yacht racing, you probably think of high pressure moments like the ones you see on YouTube, where a team tacks around a fixed race marker with the crew grinding on the winch or scrambling to the other side of the boat, or when a string of boats are packed hull-to-hull as they beat into the wind towards the finish line.

But, despite all the pressure of performing on deck, it's the Mother Watch - the 24-hour below-deck rotation in which two crew at a time are responsible for all the day's meals -- that is the mother lode of high-pressure responsibility.

Just imagine, if you will, the look on my skipper's face at 6:40 am on Race Day when he'd asked for the crew to be fed and on deck for work by 6:30 am at the latest, and yet I and the other "mother" on duty had to admit that the hot

porridge was nowhere near ready to be served.

(Lesson #267 in onboard living: When the porridge package instructions say "2-4 minutes to cook on the stove" they are NOT referring to a 20-person serving.)

Jo and I, having thoroughly disappointed the skipper during the morning shift of Mother Watch, were determined not to disappoint anyone at lunch or dinner. So we made sure to be below deck, cooking away in the galley at least an hour and a half before meal serving times.

This, unfortunately, meant missing out on a lot of the first-day-of-Clipper-Racing action (I had to pop my head up on deck every half an hour to check what the status was - essentially, were we beating or losing to my husband's boat, PSP Logistics

? "Priorities, people! I'm slaving away in the galley - the least you can do is make sure we beat my husband!")

What this also meant was Jo and I spent a lot of time below deck, which is the worst place to be if you're at all feeling seasick. So, it was lucky that one of our Leg 8 crew members, Emma, had provided the boat with homemade meals to get us through the first two days of racing without having to do any heavy cooking. [Thanks Emma!!]

Today's dinner was reheated Thai Curry, courtesy of Emma, and rice made in our giant rice cooker. Thank heavens reheating and serving was all we had to do, too, because by 5pm that was about all we could handle.

The winds had kicked up, making tacking a violent experience down below with

bowls flying out of the cupboards at our faces, an olive oil bottle shattering all over the floorboards and Jo (the other Mother) lying face-down on a sail, retching into a garbage bag while I crawled periodically to the head to vomit.

Let's just say we were not the same ravenous crew that the previous night had scarfed down two entire chocolate cakes in honor of Maura's birthday, which was our first Clipper Race birthday on board Henri Lloyd 50 Years of Pioneering Spirit. It may be a long time before we see chocolate cake again. But, then again, it may be a long time before any of this crew wants to see chocolate cake again.

11 Sep 2013, 06:04 AM
in coltzuri se baga "plecaciuni."

Dace 2 Day 2

Vicky Ellis

10 SEP 2013 - Race 2

So let me start by backdating this log to the last day of Race 1. We rounded Alderney that morning with the first of the favourable tides to sling us towards the rest of the fleet a few miles ahead. The news of the shorten course was received just after lunch which was to the surprise of most as it meant we only had 3 hours

of racing left, a very short course to finish. The challenge was to change strategy from our longer term goal of picking the weather route to Oussant to a drag race to a finish mark against the other boats. And race we did, OneDLL was 1.7 miles ahead, as were 3 others just in front of them - the challenge was on - could we sail 1.7 miles faster than them in 3 hours?

We don't have a slow boat, or a slow crew, and we outpaced three boats during those 3 hours and it was not like the others were not trying! The trimming was faultless and the helming near perfect and that was all the crews’ hard work! When OneDLL loomed out of the fog with 15 minutes to go we knew we had proven that we could put the foot down when needed.

Well, how things come round. You will be pleased to know, followers, that the foot is going back down again (I think it is proportional to the coffee output on board which has just started again since Brest and was distinctly lacking overnight, instead replaced by seasick buckets at every corner!)


14 Sep 2013, 01:15 AM
Asymmetric spinnaker area 3,555.75 ft2 330.34 m2...


25 Sep 2013, 08:27 AM
Leg 2 - Powered by Yellowbrick Tracking (http://yb.tl/clipper2013-leg2)

2 Oct 2013, 06:07 AM
CV21 Henry Lloyd

CC 93

Viteza 671.6 nd./ora?!

Leg 2 - Powered by Yellowbrick Tracking (http://yb.tl/clipper2013-leg2)

7 Oct 2013, 03:42 PM

31 Oct 2013, 05:12 AM

8 Nov 2013, 08:46 AM


12 Dec 2013, 11:16 PM

15 Dec 2013, 12:27 PM

Am vrut inital sa postez la Australia si dupa am vzt acest topic asa ca va las sa savurati....poze facute sambata 14 dec...cand am ajuns in marina, intra in urale Garmin....e un sentiment aparte, sa-i vezi intampinati de familii, de fotografi, de pasionati...din pacate eram doar in trecere si pe graba, si nu am apucat sa aflu f multe si nici prea multe poze nu am apucat sa fac.

Iar barcile sunt....waw, si echipamentul si ei si tot ce se intampla la nivelul asta...sper sa mai ajung in marina pana la startul Hobrat...si sa mai aduc poze proaspete!


15 Dec 2013, 05:15 PM

Am vrut inital sa postez la Australia si dupa am vzt acest topic asa ca va las sa savurati....poze facute sambata 14 dec...cand am ajuns in marina, intra in urale Garmin....e un sentiment aparte, sa-i vezi intampinati de familii, de fotografi, de pasionati...din pacate eram doar in trecere si pe graba, si nu am apucat sa aflu f multe si nici prea multe poze nu am apucat sa fac.

Iar barcile sunt....waw, si echipamentul si ei si tot ce se intampla la nivelul asta...sper sa mai ajung in marina pana la startul Hobrat...si sa mai aduc poze proaspete!


Multumim Danutza!

"During the fleet’s stay in Sydney there are opportunities for free tours of the yachts:

Wednesday 18 December
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron: 1600-2000

Thursday 19 December

CYCA: 1000-1800

Friday 20 December
CYCA 1000-1800
Cockle Bay 1200-1900

Saturday 21 December
Cockle Bay 1000-1400

Sunday 22 December
CYCA 1000-1800"

Poate ne aduci ceva fotografii si la timona lui Heidi.

24 Dec 2013, 04:48 AM

pai daca tot am primit informatii proaspete despre ce se intampla la mine in sat, noroc de omuleti ca simba...am fost la locul cu pricina si "m-am sacrificat" sa vizitez barcutele, am urcat pe qindao si swetzerland, am discutat cu echipajele si uite ce a iesit...

Switzerland a fost amplasata spre vizitare in unul dintre cele mai vizitate porturi din Sydney, Darling Harbor, si membrii ai echipajului stateau pe chei si rugau oamenii sa vina sa-i vizteze...nu stiu daca au avut 50 in 2 zile, mi s-a parut ciudat si trist...in gandul meu, daca ar fi fost la romanica, era coada pana la timisoara...dar spuneau ca au avut f multi curiosi la Albany...
oameni incredibili. unii care nu mai calcasera pe vreo barca inainte, acum sunt pe apa, mai ceva ca acasa...tineri, varstnici, oameni carora li se schimba viata in urma acestei competitii, oameni care au abandonat tot sa participe la toata competitia....debordeaza de sanatate si implinire, cand ii asculti, zici mananc paine si apa urmatorul an, numai sa pot strange banii pt un leg...este o experienta aparte, si inspira si schimba multe vieti! Foarte frumos...sa zicem ca am mai adaugat o dorinta la the bucket list...:)

Spor la privit si Un Craciun plin de vise implinite!

24 Dec 2013, 05:59 AM

pai daca tot am primit informatii proaspete despre ce se intampla la mine in sat, noroc de omuleti ca simba...am fost la locul cu pricina si "m-am sacrificat" sa vizitez barcutele, am urcat pe qindao si swetzerland, am discutat cu echipajele si uite ce a iesit...

Switzerland a fost amplasata spre vizitare in unul dintre cele mai vizitate porturi din Sydney, Darling Harbor, si membrii ai echipajului stateau pe chei si rugau oamenii sa vina sa-i vizteze...nu stiu daca au avut 50 in 2 zile, mi s-a parut ciudat si trist...in gandul meu, daca ar fi fost la romanica, era coada pana la timisoara...dar spuneau ca au avut f multi curiosi la Albany...
oameni incredibili. unii care nu mai calcasera pe vreo barca inainte, acum sunt pe apa, mai ceva ca acasa...tineri, varstnici, oameni carora li se schimba viata in urma acestei competitii, oameni care au abandonat tot sa participe la toata competitia....debordeaza de sanatate si implinire, cand ii asculti, zici mananc paine si apa urmatorul an, numai sa pot strange banii pt un leg...este o experienta aparte, si inspira si schimba multe vieti! Foarte frumos...sa zicem ca am mai adaugat o dorinta la the bucket list...:)

Spor la privit si Un Craciun plin de vise implinite!

Felicitari Danutza! Amintiri frumoase si pretioase din asta viata!

Sarbatori fericite!

25 Dec 2013, 10:59 AM
Merry Christmas from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISKed6-wny4)

22 Jan 2014, 11:09 AM
Lume...! lume...! hai (din nou) la urne!


25 Mar 2014, 04:57 AM

26 Mar 2014, 12:02 PM
Qingdao's navigation and communication systems are working again after the yacht was struck by lightning on Friday, affecting all data communication systems onboard.

The yacht lost all navigational instruments - wind, GPS, AIS and the navigation and media PC, along with all the lighting in the yacht. While the systems were restored the yacht used its back up hand held GPS, paper charts and NUC lights rigged up in the galley for lighting at night.

Crew are also now able to send crew diaries again. Skipper Gareth Glover wrote in his skipper report today: "Well we’ve

had a few days of not being able to get weather info or send or receive emails after a lightning hit us on Friday night. Gladly, no one was hurt apart from Qingdao itself.

"The bolt hit the windward side which turned to dust and it travelled down the cable to the Nexus instruments, then jumped to the navigation PC and travelled to the AIS (Automatic Identification System) where the power surge stopped. There was a nice bang and flash as the yacht went dead and all the lights when out in the navigation station, where I was sat at the time.

"The crew on deck say there was a flash coming out of the end of the boom on the back stays. After getting the phones back working and VHF, I called the Race Office to let them know what had happened.OneDLL was only a few miles away so I also called them to pass on our position.

"After a few days of open heart surgery in the navigation station, working out which bits were damaged and what we can get working, in the end I had to take the hard drive out of the navigation PC and the media pc which is not as easy as it sounds under torch light and under spinnaker

in the middle of the night, whist trying to hold a phone, talking to Tim, the Clipper Race Technician on what was the best way to repair us (thanks Tim).

"So we now have email weather and Sea Pro back online but will not be able to get the GPS or instruments back working so will have to put in our position by hand and the only GPS we have is the back-up hand held, which give us everything we need.

"We can now work out better tactics with the weather and knowing the positions of the other yachts again."


31 Mar 2014, 09:57 PM

31 Mar 2014, 11:15 PM
Skipper Gareth Glover wrote in his skipper report today:
"Well we’ve had a few days of not being able to get weather info or send or receive emails after a lightning hit us on Friday night.
Sarmanii de ei!
Probabil au avut parte de suferinte si privatiuni cumplite fiind pusi in situatia grea de a nu putea citi mailuri si raspunde la ele
si chiar mai rau - fara sa-si poata accesa pagina de Facebook!

Navigatorii de acum 100 de ani trebuiau sa fie niste brute retardate mental,
daca se multumeau sa citeasca cate o telegrama sau scrioare
(doar cei mai bogati sau capitanul, care oricum era intr-o pozitie mai favorizata)
o data la 2-3 luni, dupa terminarea voiajului.
Lasand gluma la o parte, 80% din echipamentul electronic modern este gunoi si rebut tehnologic.

Si nu doar cele Made in China
(la acelea puteti fi siguri ca sansele de supravietuire la/dupa o descarcare electrostatica de energie moderata sunt f. mici sau nule, deci la scenarii mult mai "blande" fata de o lovitura directa de traznet).

S-a fortat (si se forteaza in continuare) ideea de a minimiza consumul de energie.
Tranzistoarele sunt - cu f. putine exceptii CMOS, minuscule (linii de 60..40 si mai nou 20 nanometri, deci in diametrul unui fir de par uman incap cateva sute pana la 1000 de linii/structuri elementare)
Stratul de izolatie intre poarta (gate) si canalul drain-source se strapunge - fara protectie la cca 80..300 V.

Daca v-a piscat vreodata vreo scanteie pe nas sau ureche pe cand v-ati dezbracat de un pulovar de lana, sau camasa cu molt poliester ( plastic), luati in considerare:
- "scanteiuta" respectiva a luat nastere in urma unei acumulari de sarcini cu diferenta de potential (tensiune) lejer peste 4000..12000 volti.

Cum de nu ne omoara aceea tensiune teribila?
Foarte simplu:
energia acumulata (si disipata in timpul descarcarii) este minuscula (max. de ordinul micro sau mili-Joule)

Raportate la ce poate "absorbi" corpul uman fara consecinte este in domeniul nepericulos,
dar pentru stratul de izolatie a unui tranzistor CMOS minuscul este o "lovitura de gratie" definitiva.

Am de-a face destul de frecvent cu analiza elecrica a unor asemenea eroi, cazuti la datorie,
apoi urmeaza colegii de la analiza fizica si cristalografie,
pentru a stabili daca defectul intervenit
- se datoreaza unui defect de fabricatie (defect cristalografic, intrepatrundere a straturilor epitaxiale, contaminare cu argint, aur, CuNi sau ce se mai foloseste la metalizare)
- moartea subita a circuitului integrat a intervenit in urma unei descarcari , de regula electrostatice (ESD - electostatic discharge event)
- sau o supratensiune de moment (voltage surge)

Circuitele integrate sunt incomparabil mai sensibile fata de tuburi (care oricum au disparut, exceptand putine domenii , cu 40-50 ani in urma)

Pe cand la un circuit integrat nivelul "sigur" de descarcare garantata rareori trece de 2000-4000 V (descarcare de energie mica)
si asta in ipoteza unor structuri de protectie ESD rapide si bine proiectate,
tuburile faceau fata - fara masuri speciale de protectie
la descarcari de ordinul 30.000 - 50.000 V si chiar si in caz /dupa descarcare prezentau sanse bune de supravietuire /regenerare.

Problema este ca sisteme de navigatie (de pe barci) , oricum destul de scumpe, de regula nu sunt proiectate cu redundanta.

Situatia se inrautateste si mai mult daca proiectul este lasat pe mana unor "experti" ca in cazul reclamei la chinezarii Quingdao...
Caci pentru a economisi vor insira toata electronica fain-frumos intr-un lant,
fara separare galvanica, ca pe niste margele....

Evident o singura descarcare va putea da gata tot lantul (energia se propaga, exact dupa cum s-a lamentat skipperul).

Masurile normale (de altfel obligatorii la avionica) sunt
- separare galvanica (--> optocuploare)
- redundanta (mai multe sisteme care functioneaza in paralel, si dispuse in locuri FIZIC SEPARATE)
- arestoare (dispozitive de protectie care pot "absorbi" energii rel. mari la descarcare, fara sa dea ortul popii)
- bus de date robust (de ex fibra optica, care prin definitie nu este conductiva)
Dar de la cei care au finantat toata campania aceea de Qingdao nici nu m-as astepta la mai mult fata de alti producatori de chinezarii.

Asteptarile generale sunt:
- sa luceasca,
- sa ia ochii clientului (in cazul acesta a presei)
ca la anu' oricum cade in bucati (sau inbatraneste moral) si se face altul, nou.

O lume perversa, care iroseste cu nesat... dar in pofida progresului tehnologic a pierdut capacitatea de-a construi lucruri durabile si pe care sa te poti baza.

Pana la urma distrugem planeta fortand cicluri de productie rapide si fara prea mult rost.

1 Apr 2014, 01:32 AM
Foarte interesanta si binevenita disertatia. Daca erai in echipaj si de la bun inceput luai la puricat aparatura de bord, cu ceva schimbari, Clipper Ventures economisea cateva mii de lire sterline.

Echipajul de pe Qingdao a avut noroc. Urmarile puteau fi altele si chiar tragice.

Cand am avut barcutza cu vele, odata, am fost si eu prins intr-o situatie asemanatoare. Mare aparatura nu aveam la bord, oricum, iute am deconectat tot ce a fost de deconectat (antena, radio, CD player, baterie). Aveam si un booster cablu la bord si am vrut sa ies pe punte sa agat un capat de postamentul catargului iar celalalt sa-l las la apa. Auzind ce fel tuna si bubuia afara mi-a fost tarsha sa ies pe punte sa ma plimb cu cablu in mana si foarte rapid m-am retras in cabina la prova, cat mai departe de catarg si tot ma gandeam sa nu ma trezesc cu vreun orificiu, ceva, pe undeva prin santina.

Dupa s-a terminat cu distractia si toate cele, nu stiu cum, m-am uitat din greseala in oglinda si am observat ca aveam paru' de pe cap ondulat spre cretz:)

1 Apr 2014, 09:06 PM
Here is an updated skipper report from Sean McCarter.

After a dramatic day yesterday I am both happy and relieved to report that all the crew are healthy and in good spirits.

Yesterday morning the breeze was easing off after a fairly heavy night and we decided to unhank the Yankee 2 from the foredeck and hank on the Yankee 3 in its place, then pole out.

I was unhanking and round the world crew member Andrew Taylor was assisting. We needed a pair of pliers and Andrew was preparing to go back when we managed to free the offending hank and continue on with our work.

Suddenly the boat leaned heavily to leeward and I watched Andrew in slow motion slide out over the top of the Yankee 2 and guard rail and into the sea.

Assuming he was clipped on, I shouted to helm, round the world crew member, Kristi Wilson to stop the boat by bringing it around into the then 35 knots of wind. I made my way back to the helm as quickly as I could giving the 'Man Overboard' shout as I went. I was shocked to see one of the crew pointing behind us and calling distance to the MOB.

Andrew hadn't been clipped on. We can only guess that somewhere between going to get the pliers then not needing them, he got distracted and forgot to clip on again.

The crew reacted perfectly, nobody panicked, everyone went through the procedures that we practice religiously in Clipper Race training. The MOB button was pressed giving us the position on the electronic chart plotter, the

engine was started, boat checked for ropes in the water and staysail dropped all within minutes.

At this stage we were getting blown away from Andrew slowly but at a range of about 200 metres we still had visual contact. Getting the boat to go through the wind and over the 4 to 6 metre seas was a struggle for the engine even at full RPM, but we managed it.

I asked for a heading to the casualty and got the reply I dreaded most; 'We've lost visual'. All of a sudden the North Pacific became a very big place.

We began making our way back along our track and arrived at the MOB charted position and continued past it without any sign of Andrew. The waves were the size of bungalows and the wind was whipping up spray off the crests with streams of foam running down the faces.

We put Kristi Wilson up to the first spreader for a better view and had round the world crew member Conor O'Byrne who is also an ex-RNLI mechanic initiate search patterns. We guessed Andrew’s rate and direction of drift and searched accordingly.

We put out a MAYDAY and were relieved to get a response from Olly Cotterell on OneDLL. They were just under two hours from us and began making best speed into the wind and sea to help us with the search.

About half an hour after Andrew went into the water, a massive black cloud approached bringing gusts into the 50s, hail-stones and reducing visibility to a matter of metres. After about ten minutes, the cloud passed and visibility

improved somewhat. We continued our search going further and further downwind of the MOB position and short-tacking our way up the probable drift line but to no avail.

Andrew had been in the 11 degree water over an hour at this stage. He was wearing a dry-suit but would still be going hypothermic at this point if he hadn't been already. Although no one was saying it, everyone was starting to fear the worst.

No sooner had these thoughts began creeping in than Conor O'Byrne shouted up from the Navigation station that Andrew's Personal Locator beacon had just activated.

He gave us a course to steer and a distance of over 1 mile from our position. We made best speed to the position but took longer than I expected. Andrew's beacon then explained it; he was drifting at up to 4 knots where we had been expecting him to be doing 1 to 2 knots max.

Kristi spotted Andrew first from her position aloft. She put him at about 400 metres.

It took another 30 seconds before we could see him at about 200 metres in the mountainous seas.

At first I had a huge sense of relief. This was quickly followed thoughts of Andrew's condition; what if he was unconscious or worse. As we approached, Andrew began waving his arms and shouting.


It took us two attempts but in the end, Andrew practically pulled himself onboard!

He was stretchered below efficiently just as we practice in training and cut out of his dry-suit much to his dismay. He was rotated through as many dry sleeping bags as we could muster, all of which were stuffed with warm water bottles to slowly bring up his body temperature.

Over 24 hours later, Andrew is in good form, chatting readily about his experience with myself and the crew. He got a bang on his leg by the rudder which we hope isn't too serious but all in all is very happy.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to skipper Olly Cotterell and his crew on OneDLL for coming to our assistance. Luckily we were picking Andrew up just as they came on the scene but had Andrew's personal locator not activated, a second boat in the search would have been invaluable.

Thanks also to Deputy Race Director Mark Light and Falmouth Search and Rescue who were both in contact allowing us to continue with the search.

There are three main factors that contributed to Andrew's survival. First was the rigorous training that both skipper and crew go through with the Clipper Race in the UK before starting the race.

Everyone knew exactly what had to be done and went about it in a calm and controlled manner. Second was Andrew's Henri Lloyd drysuit, without which he could not have survived for what ended up being 1 hour 40minutes in the cold water of the North Pacific. Finally his Personal Locator Beacon, without which the already long search would have taken a lot longer.

Clipper Race - Skipper Report - (http://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/skipper-report/3168)

13 Apr 2014, 01:06 PM

2 May 2014, 08:11 AM
"The 2013-14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, when competing across the Pacific Ocean on the 5,600 mile leg from Qingdao, China to San Francisco, USA, endured the dramatic rescue on March 31 of Derry~Londonderry~Doire’s 46-year old crew member Andrew Taylor.

The incident occurred in rough weather and 35 knots of wind, with Taylor enduring the cold water of the North Pacific for 1 hour 40 minutes. At the time it was reported that Andrew’s Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) had contributed to his rescue. However, an inquiry by H.L. DeVore prompted Race Director Justin Taylor to clear up the facts…

The skipper’s report regarding the Man Overboard (MOB) on Derry~Londonderry~Doire is actually incorrect. The crew member who went over board was actually equipped with an AIS personal beacon which is not a PLB or personal EPIRB (Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon). There is often confusion between the two devices.

AIS works by transmitting a VHF signal and a PLB transmits to a satellite. (Race organizer) Clipper Ventures do not recommend personal EPIRBs (PLBs) because they need to be registered correctly and they do not assist a yacht you have just fallen from to locate you instantly which AIS does do.

PLBs send a signal to the closest MRCC via a satellite, who will then relay a message to the yacht. However, this relay will come through the person or organisation listed as the contact point by the owner of the PLB. This causes inevitable delays. Clipper Ventures do not dissuade crew from purchasing their own AIS locator beacons as they inform the yacht exactly where the MOB is, as happened in the recent incident. But it is the crew member’s responsibility to ensure they are fitted correctly.

What is more important and something Clipper Ventures emphasises a great deal is being clipped on to the yacht – especially on the bow. We stress this very important fact throughout training, on refresher sails and I also tell crew at every crew briefing. If this is done then it renders a PLB obsolete. The emphasis is on prevention, not what gear you have if you should fall in. (Editor’s note: Andrew was not clipped on at time of the incident).

There is also the question of what activates the beacon. If it activates when immersed then we would have, on average, 15 going off on each boat on each leg of the race, or some 2,800 activations in one race, based on the number of times lifejackets inflate. Clearly this would not be acceptable to the rescue authorities. If the beacons are manually activated then the casualty has to be conscious to do this. In the recent incident the casualty was hit very hard on the leg by the rudder. Had he been hit hard on the head and made unconscious he could not have set off his AIS beacon.

There is a need for something that is 100 percent reliable, whether the casualty is conscious or not, and this does not currently exist. We have already instigated some enquiries within the industry to see what can be created to deal with this.

However, the Clipper Ventures cannot ignore the role that the personal AIS played in the recovery of the recent MOB in the North Pacific. For this reason we are fitting each of the yacht’s Danbouys with an AIS beacon. When the Horseshoe and Danbuoy are deployed, the AIS beacon will be activated too."

8 May 2014, 02:03 PM

Team Garmin, Team Garmin, Team Garmin, this is Race Committee, alternative software, "over...!"


13 May 2014, 10:19 PM
"The first set of Clipper Race yachts have completed the transit of the Panama Canal.

Derry~Londonderry~Doire, OneDLL, Old Pulteney, Henri Lloyd, Team Garmin and Jamaica Get All Right

completed the transit yesterday evening while Qingdao, PSP Logistics and Switzerland started the world famous passage this morning.

Invest Africa, Mission Peformance and GREAT Britain

will be the final set through setting off from Flamenco Marina tomorrow.

Once each team has transited the canal the fleet will motor to an offshore start where they will perform a Le Mans style start to begin Race 12, to Jamaica."


14 May 2014, 06:21 PM
The 12 teams are headed for the start line of Race 12, the Spirit of Jamaica Chase, having successfully transited the Panama Canal.

The teams went through the 51-mile long Panama Canal, named one of the world’s seven modern wonders, in its centenary year and amidst a US$5.25 billion expansion programme.

It is one of the busiest waterways in the world, playing a vital role in world trade and transport linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.

Skipper of Jamaica Get All Right, Pete Stirling, said the transit will be one of the highlights of Leg 7 and an experience all the crew will remember.

“This was my fourth transit of the canal but it never ceases to be an awe inspiring experience. This year is the 100th

anniversary of the opening of the canal and it currently employs 9,500 people and carries more than 14,000 vessels a year between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

“The six Clipper 70s were dwarfed in the locks which are each 1,000 feet long and 150 feet wide,” he added.

Skipper of Switzerland Vicky Ellis, who is also an engineer, added that three locks took the convoy of Clipper 70s up 26 metres from Pacific sea level to the inland lake and another series of three locks dropped it back down to Atlantic sea level.

“Our jolly pilot, Edgar, boarded in the early morning and guided us through the whole route. He is a senior pilot with over 20 years’ experience so usually pilots the major cargo vessels or cruise liners.

“However that day he had been put on a Clipper 70 yacht full of 20

people keen and eager to know all about the canal. Luckily he didn't disappoint and spent the whole canal transit explaining about its history, the new centenary extension plans and the role of the pilots on the route,” she added.

A Le Mans start 30 miles off the Panama coast at first light local time (around 12pm UTC Wednesday) will mark the commencement of the 590 mile sprint to Jamaica.

The short upwind race will be punctuated by easterly trade winds of 10 to 15 knots moving their way through the Caribbean Sea.

Clipper Race Director Justin Taylor added the race will be won or lost on helming skills.

“It’s possible to get round the eastern end of Jamaica in one tack and those

boats that do that will do well. The race will require a lot of concentration and as the fleet will be so tightly packed, it will be pretty stressful. I don’t think the skippers will get any sleep between Panama and Jamaica.

“Every little bit counts in every race, but this one will be particularly intense and I anticipate a very close finish.”

The boats are expected to arrive into Errol Flynn Marina, Port Antonio between 17-18 May.

To read all the skipper reports please click here


22 May 2014, 10:26 PM

23 May 2014, 06:03 PM

CLIPPER RACE – The world’s longest ocean race is seeking 12 extraordinary skippers to lead its novice crews around the globe in the tenth edition of the unique sailing challenge – the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race. Are you good enough to take it on?

Founded by legendary sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race gives skippers the opportunity to tick off the ultimate sailing bucket list – circumnavigation.

Clipper Race skippers are extremely special individuals, able to withstand huge physical and mental challenges to successfully lead their team through Mother Nature’s toughest environments.

To apply you’ll need to hold a Yachtmaster Ocean certificate [commercial endorsed] and have at least 30,000 miles offshore experience on big boats, but the skills needed go well beyond the professional requisites or normal job requirements.

As well as outstanding sailing skills, successful skippers will need excellent people management and leadership skills. They will also need to be prepared to fulfil a busy schedule of sponsor and media requirements during stopovers.

Clipper Race founder and chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston warns skippers must be prepared to be truly exhausted, physically bruised and battered, mentally fatigued and sleep deprived during the 11 month voyage:

“Your aptitude and attitude to excel in this type of sailing environment and this style of team is key. We are looking for the best, and at the end of the race, our skippers have proven that they are the best,” added Knox-Johnston.

The Clipper 2013-14 Race has so far taken teams to Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Australia, including entry in the classic Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Singapore,

Qingdao, China, San Francisco, Panama and Jamaica. The Clipper 2015-16 Race will visit 16 global ports across six continents, crossing four oceans.

Those who make it through the tough selection process will be rewarded with a job like no other as they sail into the world’s most famous ports, having built a team in challenging and hostile environments.

They will get to sail by iconic landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Sydney Harbour Bridge and start races by locations such as Table Mountain in Cape Town and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Successful skippers will be offered an 18 month contract and a competitive tax free salary.

Clipper Race skippers can also enjoy exceptional career progression, as Alex Thomson, the youngest ever winning skipper in the Clipper Race in the 1998-99 edition has displayed.

Clipper 2013-14 Race skipper, Olly Cotterell currently leads third-placed OneDLL. He explained the professionalism, excellence and complete commitment needed to succeed:

“Tactically you need to keep the yacht on the edge of its ability all the time, a bit like a Formula 1 car turning a corner at 100 mph. However if you push too hard you could face disaster. In bad conditions, everyday life is a challenge but scars are souvenirs you never lose.”

Clipper 2015-16 skipper interviews for are taking place right now. Read below for the full list of qualifcations and skills and how to apply.


UK MCA Recognised Yachtmaster Ocean with commercial endorsement or IYT (International Yacht Training) Master of Yachts
ENG1 Seafarer’s medical certificate
STCW Proficiency for Persons in Charge of Medical Care Aboard Ships
GMDSS GOC/ROC certificate with sat-com endorsement
RYA Yachtmaster Instructor or Cruising Instructor
Note: Qualifications in progress may be accepted under certain circumstances.


Fluent English (spoken and written)
Excellent interpersonal, man management and leadership skills [please give examples in your covering letter]
Ability to build, inspire and motivate teams
Strong communications skills
Significant offshore/ocean experience (c. 30,000nm), with a significant proportion in command
Significant time in command of crewed yachts greater than 50-foot
Strong background in sail training
Commercial and media awareness and a professional image
Offshore yacht racing experience and competitive nature
High level of seamanship, practical yacht husbandry and maintenance skills
UK Work Visa.

To apply for the role please send your CV and a covering letter stating why you would make a great race skipper/ leader, to sirrobinknoxjohnston@clipper-ventures.com.

24 May 2014, 04:56 PM

2 Jun 2014, 05:50 PM
Henri Lloyd celebrated its latest win on arrival into Liberty Landing opposite Manhattan this evening local time, strengthening its lead in the overall race standings with 137.9 points.

Canadian skipper Eric Holden and his team widened their lead over second placed GREAT Britain after scooping sprint and scoring gates on top of their first place in Race 13 from Port Antonio, Jamaica to New York, USA, to clinch the Grange Hotels Trophy.

Skipper Eric Holden comenteed emphatically “It was pretty intense but we collected the triple crown of Ocean Sprint, Scoring Gate and line honours, this has been an amazing race. There are only five weeks left so it is really now or never. It is time to really up our game. The crew are really great, they are pushing really hard, and they are hungry for the win.

Noting his teams welcome party, Eric acknowledged: "We’ve always said New York is our unofficial home port as we have a lot of North American’s, a lot of Americans, and a few New Yorkers even on the team. It has been fantastic and probably our best reception on the race yet."

The first Clipper Race teams started to arrive at dusk with the bright lights of Manhattan creating an iconic skyline to welcome the triumphant crews.

GREAT Britain duelled with all the podium contenders but lost out to Henri Lloyd in the end, maintaining their second place 14.9 points behind on 123 points overall.

“It is not what we were hoping for in this race, we really needed to net a bunch of points but unfortunately that’s ocean racing for you, especially coastal ocean racing, which is what this has been. We’re still really pleased to have got the result we got," said GREAT Britain skipper Simon Talbot.

"It was a fairly frustrating race in some ways. I briefed the crew on what to expect before we left and it was exactly what it has been every other time I have sailed into New York; wind on the nose, wind behind and wind holes and unfortunately Mother Nature did not play our way this time. She took the Ocean Sprint from us and took our lead from us in separate squalls, both of which our arch rivals Henri Lloyd managed to benefit from. Arriving into Manhattan however was always going to be spectacular and it didn’t disappoint."

To complete the podium places OneDLL’s distinctive blue hull appeared out of the darkness after midnight in New York, still maintaining third place overall with 116 points.
br />Skipper Olly Cotterell remarked: "Credit to the team on OneDLL, they performed exceptionally well. It was an extremely close race, often crossing within feet of other boats. At one point I was having a conversation with Eric on the rail of Henri Lloyd.

"I’m pleased we got back onto the podium in this race and that overall we’re eating away at GREAT Britain’s lead on us, while increasing our margin ahead of Derry~Londonderry~Doire. There are still three races to go so there’s plenty of points up for grabs. The yellow pennant has escaped us so far; it would be magic to claim it into our home port of Den Helder."

Derry~Londonderry~Doire and Switzerland also put in competitive performances and are now sitting in fourth and fifth overall on 105 and 96 points respectively. Both teams are expected into Liberty Landing marina between 0300-0400 local time (0700-0800 UTC)

Grange Hotels, a team partner of the GREAT Britain entry, is London's Leading Luxury Hotels group; in addition to the winner’s Trophy there is a hamper for the winning team. The award recognises that London and New York have an exceptionally close cultural, economical and historical relationship and Grange Hotels enjoys a special relationship with many corporations, organisations and individuals from New York and across the US.

The full overall Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Race standings at the end of Race 13, The Grange Hotels Trophy, are as follows:

1 Henri Lloyd 137.9
2 GREAT Britain 123.0
3 OneDLL 116.0
4 Derry~Londonderry~Doire 105.0
5 Switzerland 96.0
6 Qingdao 82.0
7 Old Pulteney 79.0
8 Jamaica Get All Right 74.0
9 PSP Logistics 70.3
10 Invest Africa 61.0
11 Team Garmin 58.0
12 Mission Performance 37.0

Pentru conformitate :)


4 Jul 2014, 08:09 AM
Comori si plonjoane! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyGN-O4arkA)


6 Jul 2014, 07:03 AM
Henri Lloyd has received the plate for the OneDLL cup at a prizegiving event in Willemsoord, Den Helder.

Second-placed Old Pulteney and third-placed Switzerland also collected their pennants for Race 15 from Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland to Den Helder, The Netherlands.

The prizes were handed out by Odd Wagner, Vice Mayor of Den Helder, Jan Kusters, executive board member of De Lage Landen, and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, chairman and founder of the Clipper Race.

The prizegiving was followed by a party with tunes from DJ Oscar Bigalow.

The win is Henri Lloyd’s ninth podium overall and Canadian skipper Eric Holden and his crew have secured enough points to be unbeatable in the series. They will look forward to being crowned champions of the Clipper 2013-14 Race in London on 12 July.

Eric said: “We knew we were in a good position going into the race, but that anything could happen.

“It was a very stressful race with wind holes, strong tides, busy shipping lanes and oil rigs to look out for.

For us, the race really did finish here. This win is what we wanted. It is a relief to be over. The last race will be tricky with all the sandbars and tides that go on in the Thames Estuary, and so we wanted the race to be over in Den Helder and that’s what happened.”

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “It was an extremely interesting race to watch as the boats were so close they could see each other. That rarely happens, and they navigated the Pentland Firth well, which is notorious for being extremely nasty with its very strong tides.”

“Well done to all the crews who are

so near to completing their circumnavigation now.”


14 Jul 2014, 12:05 PM



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