(June 13, 2018; Day 10) – PSP Logistics has claimed victory in New York City, topping the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race fleet in Race 11: Nasdaq Race, the 1900nm course that began June 3 in Panama. PSP Logistics Skipper Matt Mitchell’s team finished today at 14:41 (UTC) ahead of overall leader Sanya Serenity Coast which completed the course on 17:21 (UTC).
Within five miles of the finish, there is little between GREAT Britain and UNICEF for the final podium position, with fifth placed GARMIN over 20nm astern.
Beginning June 3, the 11 teams are competing in Race 11, named the Nasdaq Race, which extends 1,900 nm in the Atlantic from Panama to New York, USA.
Background: Held biennially, the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race got underway August 20 for the fleet of twelve* identical Tony Castro designed Clipper 70s. The 40,000nm course is divided into 13 individual races with the team having the best cumulative score winning the Clipper Race Trophy. The race concludes in Liverpool on July 28.
Each team is led by a professional skipper with an all-amateur crew that signs up for one, some, or all the races. The 2017-18 race, expected to take 11 months, has attracted 712 people representing 41 nationalities, making it the largest to date.
* Twelve teams began the first leg but one yacht (Greenings) ran aground just hours after the start on October 31 of the third leg from Cape Town, South Africa to Fremantle, Australia. The crew was safely evacuated but damage to the boat was deemed too extensive for it to continue in the 2017-18 edition.
Source: Clipper Ventures