At sea. Clipper Round the World Race: Victoria takes the lead Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 April 2006
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After several days of playing tag with Durban, Ewan Hind and the crew of Victoria have sailed into the lead on the race to Victoria, Canada. Although anything could happen in the next 3000 miles this is a great achievement for the Canadian boat, especially as Ewan is still suffering from the knee injury he sustained on the race to Qingdao. Despite a leg brace and crutches, Ewan was determined to continue and, symbolically leaving his crutch behind on the dockside in Qingdao, assured everyone that he would not over push himself physically but would leave the crew to do the deck work. It has obviously paid off, and after the difficulties experienced on some of the earlier legs it is great to see them take the lead.

However they still have more than half way to go and the Durban crew will be looking for any opportunity to reclaim the top spot, and Liverpool remain less than 50 miles behind……….

Cardiff have not had a good day, seemingly suffering from the windless high pressure that has been affecting Glasgow so badly. Whatever the reason they have decided that a dive south is there best tactic, and depending on the movement of the systems behind them they may well be right. Of course it is always easy to question or rationalise boats movements for us armchair sailors, sighting tactics, good or bad, as the reason. Sometimes however it is purely that that is the only way the boat can sail, and that any other is either too slow or actually backwards!

The rest of the fleet have had a better 12 hours. Speeds are up and although most have lost some ground to Victoria, the performance difference is much less than over the past few days.

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