China. Less than 24 hours before Dame Ellen starts next leg of Clipper Round-the-world race Print E-mail
Friday, 07 April 2006
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Countdown Begins – 24 Hours to go: With less than 24 hours to go until Dame Ellen MacArthur starts Race Seven by leading the fleet out aboard her famous trimaran B&Q, crew and skippers are frantically getting together final provisions before they embark on the epic sail from Qingdao, China to Victoria, Canada.

Victualing is well under way and food supplies are being stowed in each of the ships interiors. The teams are well aware that this next race will see them encounter big waves and great storms as they battle the cold weather heading north into the Pacific Ocean.

The Race re-start is set to achieve its largest global audience of all time tomorrow, when CCTV, China’s national television station will beam footage from the Olympic City of Qingdao to around half a billion people throughout China. With so many people watching the re-start with anticipation and excitement, all of the teams will be hoping it is they who make the best possible start.

Pacific Yachting Editor Gears up for Ocean Crossing: Joining his ‘home team’, Victoria Clipper, for Race Seven across the Pacific Ocean, Peter A. Robson, editor of Pacific Yachting magazine, is preparing for his latest adventure – aboard the Clipper Race.

“I climb aboard and gaze about the decks, marvelling at the complexity of it all and wondering – even being an experienced sailor – how I’m ever going to figure it out. A steep ladder leads below to her damp and cavernous interior. There is obviously lots of preparation still to be done before the race starts, and gear, clothing, sails and provisions are strewn everywhere. This is a racing yacht, and there is clearly no resemblance between it and the luxury yachts we write about in Pacific Yachting.

“Aboard the Victoria, I find the only empty bunk. Half its length is a mere foot from the fibreglass overhead. I heave up my duffle and claim it as my own, wondering what I don’t know about it and why no one else has claimed it. I’m sure I’ll find out soon enough.”
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