LMAX Exchange is still doing well after winning the Hobart to Airlie Beach leg of the Clipper Around the World race.
LMAX Exchange is still doing well after winning the Hobart to Airlie Beach leg of the Clipper Around the World race. BRENDAN ESPOSITO

Clipper around the world update

SINCE leaving the calm shores of the Whitsundays in late January, the Clipper round the world fleet has encountered some wild seas and strange occurrences.

From Airlie Beach the Clipper fleet headed to Qingdao in China for leg five of the eight-leg race.

Before they got there LMAX exchange encountered what appeared to be an abandoned yacht called Sayo 60 miles off the coast of Surigao del Sur, in the Philippines.

A Clipper crew member jumped overboard and swam to the stricken vessel to investigate.

He discovered the mummified body of German sailor Manfred Fritz Bajorat frozen in what looked to be a final mayday transmission.

LMAX Exchange logged the position of the yacht and continued racing following clearance to do so.

Race 8 winner was Derry~Londonderry~Doire. The win saw the yacht leapfrog Great Britain in the overall race standings before the crossing of the North Pacific ocean in leg six.

The Seattle Pacific Challenge was nearly over at the time of printing - Derry~Londonderry~Doire led from LMAX Exchange and Uniceff.

The crossing of the North Pacific has thrown up challenges for the crews - big seas and strong winds have caused Da Nang Vietnam to retire after she was hit by a storm.

Bringing up the rear of the fleet, Da Nang Vietnam was struck by 45-knot westerly winds on April 12.

"The wave damaged the port side binnacle and helming bars. As a precaution, the team has made the decision to retire from the race," the Clipper website reported.

Australian skipper Wendy Tuck said she and some crew sustained minor injuries, with some shaken by the incident.

Earlier in the crossing, 40-year-old English sailor Sarah Young, onboard Ichor Coal, was swept overboard and drowned.

One minute's silence was held by all the sailors taking part in the race preceding her burial at sea.

Race founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has promised a full investigation into her death.


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