Second place for
Photographs with thanks to
- THE Liverpool 08 clipper has
secured second place in Race 1 of Clipper 07-08. Arriving in La
Rochelle, Skipper Ben Galloway said he was, “over the moon!”
at the result and praised his crew for pulling together
Ben, 26, the youngest skipper on the
race, said:- “The best part definitely was surfing down the
Irish Sea, but the last 24 hours has been extremely frustrating.
had the lightweight spinnaker up and we could see Glasgow, Scotland
with style Clipper getting closer and closer and closer and kept
wondering, ‘how are they doing that?’
But fortunately for us they
ended up in the same patch of flat calm as us.”
- Glasgow, Scotland with style
Clipper came in just 3nm behind Liverpool 08 when the race
was ended at 0000 GMT. After finishing with just over 44
miles left to run to the original finish line, Hannah said:-
“We would have had them if we’d have had another few hours!
The first spoils of victory went to Hull & Humber, who
crossed the finish line at 1756 GMT last night..
Due to the short length of the stopover and the lack of
wind, the Race Committee took the decision to end the race
for the rest of the fleet at 0000 GMT, allowing the
remaining boats to motor towards La Rochelle.
Race Director Joff Bailey said:-
“It’s frustrating to
have to call the first race prematurely for the rest of the
fleet, but in the current conditions the crews would not have
the chance to rest, refuel and victual their boats before
the departure on Sunday for Salvador.
- It is never an easy
decision, but we took it in the best interest of the crews.”
Liverpool 08 finished second, 41.2 nm from the finish line
when the race was called, with Glasgow, Scotland with style
Clipper very close behind at 44.1 nm. They will officially
receive their race pennants at a prize giving ceremony at a
civic reception at the town hall in La Rochelle this
Race 1 is a half-points race, with five points on offer for
first place rather than the usual ten, down to half point
for tenth place. After this short sprint, all the other
races revert to full points with 10 points for first, nine
for second and so on.
- Jamaica will receive half a point
after retiring from Race 1 following a medical evacuation,
representing half of the normal one point awarded to boats
that retire from a race.
The Race Committee has also decided to award the first
penalties of Clipper 07-08 to yachts for infringing the race
rules. During the start course in the River Mersey, Qingdao,
New York and Jamaica left the Northern Mark (MV Gullmaren)
to starboard rather than to port, infringing RRS rule 28.1.
After considering various witness statements, video evidence
taken from the helicopter and photographic evidence, the
Race Committee has decided to apply a five-minute time
penalty to New York and Qingdao reflecting that no advantage
was gained. Jamaica will not be penalised due to her
This is the sixth edition of the Clipper Race and the
stopover in La Rochelle marks the first ever time the fleet
has visited France. Crews are looking forward to visiting
the largest international floating boat show, Le Grand
Pavois, which is on at the same time as the fleet visit.
The ten 68-foot yachts will be berthed in the Bassin des
Chalutiers in the centre of La Rochelle where, with their
vibrant forestay banners and battle flags, they are expected
to prove a colourful attraction for the 100,000 people set
to visit the French town over the next five days.
Joff Bailey added:-
“I would like to thank the team of
volunteers from the Société des Régates Rochelaise who
helped us set the finish line and escort all the yachts into
port. We are all looking forward to the crew barbecue at the
yacht club on Saturday night.”
The rest of the fleet is motoring towards La Rochelle and is
due to arrive by the end of Thursday, 20 September 2007.
Berths for the next race, Clipper 09-10 are now available.
For more information on applying to become a crew member,
contact Clipper Ventures on +44 (0) 2392 526000.
Photos of start
and video etc.
The Clipper 07-08 route:-
Liverpool in Sept. 2007- La Rochelle – Salvador da Bahia – Durban – Fremantle –
Singapore – Qingdao – Hawaii – Santa Cruz – Panama – Jamaica – New
York – Nova Scotia – Cork – Ending in Liverpool in 2008.
The Brickwall Inn Gives
money to charity!
A CHARITY presentation of a check will be taking place at The
Brickwall Inn, Netherley Road, Tarbock, Merseyside for the money
that the pub raised on over a bank holiday charity fun day.
The event will be held on the 28 September 2007 from 7pm till late.
Everyone welcome to join us for the Buffet and LIVE entertainment on
that night for only £3.50. Also Prizes are to be won.
Contact Michelle or Paul on 0151 487 0790 for tickets!
See you there!
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IT'S not what you say it’s about what people think you said!
… For Merseyside
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