The 8th contest in the 2015-16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has started as The Sailing City • Qingdao Cup began today from Da Nang, Vietnam’s coastal city, following a magnificent send-off ceremony.
Visit Seattle was the very first squad over the line on Da Nangin blustery terms, though was quickly overtaken. By the 1st mark LMAX Exchange was in the first spot, followed by GBR, Mission Performance as well as Derry~Londonderry~Doire, and this order remained throughout the three mark round-the-can starting before the pack went to north-east to China.
The Sailing City • Qingdao Cup has the power to be the most challenging of the fourteen race worldwide series so far as the squads face a huge beat into the wind. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the Clipper Race Founder and Chairman, told that this is going to be a huge bash. up north of here and level with Taiwan and you’ll be getting waves without anything behind them so the boat slams down.
He added that this is when one gets tides and winds working against the other, but the winds seem to come from the north – across Mongolia and northern Russia so they are very cold. There would be sleet and snow, crew really need all the warm clothing they can find.
Race no 8 from Da Nang to Qingdao, China is around 1700 nautical mile, but given the tide, sea state and weather conditions that stay in wait, the squads might end up recording a huge mileage as they assemble their way upwind as well as zig-zag against challenging currents and head winds.