Well, as you know, Henri Lloyd won Race 8A.
Since then, the fleet has had a more relaxed time, swimming, training and generally tidying up. There has been some bartering of supplies between the boats as well.
Then we saw that the leaders of the fleet seemed to have missed the start of Race 8B and were all making their way along the coast of Borneo where a re-fuelling had been arranged. This was undertaken in Kota Kinabalu in East Malaysia. The next news from Clipper on 8th February explained what will now happen.
Justin Taylor, the Race Director of the Clipper Race, has reviewed the expected weather forecasts for the South China Sea for phase B of Race 8 and it is clear that there is not enough wind to race to Singapore.
It will be faster and more predictable to continue motor sailing. Therefore he has taken the decision to abandon the race and the finishing positions for phase A will now become the final results of the race with Henri Lloyd, GREAT Britain and OneDLL in first, second and third places respectively, subject to final confirmation by the Race Office.
The boats will now make best speed by motor sail to One15 Marina at Sentosa Cove, Singapore and are expected to arrive on Friday 14 February.
This wasn’t a surprising decision as there had been mutterings along these lines on Facebook. Clipper has a schedule to keep. New leggers will be flying out to Qingdao and San Francisco and plans are also being made for the Race Finish in London in July. Anita certainly has plans for when she leaves the boat (temporarily) in Qingdao – watch this blog for more details!
It has now been announced officially that Henri Lloyd is the winner of the Old Pulteney Navigator Cup. They are now second overall with 79.9 points to One DLL with 81 points.
Very well done indeed – their second race win!!
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