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Clipper Race - Tension builds as the fleet enters the Pentland Firth By Clipper Ventures, , 10:37 PM Wed 2 Jul 2014
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, with less than 50 miles now separating the entire fleet, race 15, the OneDLL cup looks set to be one of the most contested races so far as the teams enter the notorious stretch of water known as the Pentland Firth. ...[more]

Clipper Round The World - Teams face light winds and strong tides By Clipper Ventures, , 8:27 PM Mon 30 Jun 2014
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, following a spectacular send-off from Derry-Londonderry by the red arrows and big crowds, the penultimate race of the series, the OneDLL cup to Den Helder in the Netherlands, is underway. ...[more]

Clipper Round The World - Simply LegenDerry! By Ruth Harrington, , 5:23 PM Mon 30 Jun 2014
The near 800 nautical mile race will be a tactical challenge, navigating around Scotland, into the North Sea, and then on to the historic Naval port on the north west edge of Holland. The crew was treated to gastro breakfast sandwiches prepared by local ‘celebrity’ chefs before the teams were led to their yachts by Derry-Londonderry Mayor Councillor Brenda Stevenson. ...[more]

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Closely fought battle in Race 14 By Clipper Ventures, , 2:13 AM Mon 23 Jun 2014
In Race 14 of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race the course was shortened with a time limit placed on the race of 1200 UTC Sunday 22 June after unusual weather patterns caused by a persistent high pressure system centred just west of Ireland threatened to hamper the progress of the fleet. ...[more]

Clipper Race - Derry~ Londonderry~Doire hanging on to its lead By Clipper Ventures, , 8:10 PM Sun 22 Jun 2014
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 - Varying wind and boat speeds are creating a lot of pressure for the crews and skippers as they fight for the final few miles in the closing stages of the race which will finish at 13:00 BST today (12:00 UTC). ...[more]

The Clipper Race - Derry~Londonderry~ Doire regains the lead By Clipper Ventures, , 8:21 PM Sat 21 Jun 2014
2013 - 14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - With just over 24 hours left in Race 14, Derry~Londonderry~Doire and Team Garmin are currently neck and neck as the Northern Irish entry continues its campaign to break the home port curse. Having regained a marginal lead, Derry~Londonderry~Doire is doing all it can to keep its closest rivals at bay as Race 14 looks set to be one of the closest finish ...[more]

Clipper Round the World - Skippers examine weather routing info By Clipper Ventures, , 10:45 PM Fri 20 Jun 2014
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, Derry~Londonderry~Doire is hanging onto its lead of 14.8 miles on the distance to finish over second-placed Great Britain as of 1200 BST (UTC+1) despite choosing to bear away and run north over the top of the new high pressure system. ...[more]

Clipper Round The World Yacht Race - Battle to break home port curse By Clipper Ventures, , 9:08 PM Thu 19 Jun 2014
Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14 - The boats in the north have been putting in better runs than the southerly yachts. But with a high pressure system centred west of Ireland and wind coming from where the boats need to go blocking progress, the leading yachts could be forced in to a much longer beat in the final throws of the race. ...[more]

Clipper Race - Boat speeds improve as fleet sails out of high pressure By Clipper Ventures, , 9:03 PM Wed 18 Jun 2014
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, the new wind has arrived with boat speeds picking up and the frontrunners extending their lead over the rest of the fleet by more than 200 miles. The nine yachts that didn’t manage to outrun the ridge of high pressure that engulfed them are now running with their spinnakers up with the new south easterly winds. ...[more]

Clipper Race 2013-14 - High pressure system engulfs majority of fleet By Clipper Ventures, , 9:43 PM Tue 17 Jun 2014
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, the front three yachts that headed east after the scoring gate have managed to outrun the ridge of high pressure that has engulfed the rest of the fleet. They will be able to start the Ocean Sprint part of the course in the next nine hours, racing across a section with the aim of achieving the fastest time and two extra points. ...[more]

Clipper Race - Skippers analyse complex weather forecasts By Clipper Ventures, , 9:06 PM Mon 16 Jun 2014
Amidst the changeable conditions, this kind of weather is very hard to predict meaning that a lot of the current tactical play is gut instinct combined with guesswork to try and cross the ridge. There is also a blocking high pressure system sitting just west of Ireland that remains in place and will cause the fleet a significant detour either north or east. ...[more]

Clipper Race 2013-14 - Jamaica Get All Right first across Scoring Gate By Clipper Ventures, , 8:00 PM Sun 15 Jun 2014
Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14 - The fleet is now past the Ice Mark Hollis after the Race Office moved its position a further two degrees south following Great Britain’s report that it spotted a growler on Friday (a smaller piece of floating ice protruding out of the water). ...[more]

Clipper Round the World: Ice gate moves as Great Britain spots growler By Clipper Ventures, , 7:49 PM Sat 14 Jun 2014
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the crews are on constant iceberg watch in cold and gusty conditions after Great Britain spotted a growler (a smaller piece of floating ice protruding out of the water). The Canadian Ice Service’s report shows no ice south of 43N but some of the teams are slightly altering course as a precaution as they monitor water temperature and their radars. ...[more]

Clipper Round The World - Unpredictable winds challenge crews By Clipper Ventures, , 9:14 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, conditions are testing the crews with headsail changes taking place on the foredeck in three metre waves amidst changeable winds. The crews are also on iceberg watch and regularly monitoring the water temperature as they near an area known for drifting ice floating down through the Labrador Current. ...[more]

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Wind strengthens and veers north By Clipper Ventures, , 2:05 AM Fri 13 Jun 2014
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the wind has strengthened dramatically and veered round to the north after a series of frontal squalls passed over the fleet, meaning the teams have gybed and are now racing with white sails up. ...[more]

Clipper Round The World - Boats prepare to gybe and race upwind By Clipper Ventures, , 9:54 PM Wed 11 Jun 2014
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, the fleet is making significantly better progress with the wind picking up and forecast to shift round to the north later. The skippers are weighing up their options of when to gybe onto course taking into account the unreliable wind. ...[more]

Clipper Round the World - Simon Rowell loves weird weather phenomena By Clipper Ventures, , 10:27 PM Tue 10 Jun 2014
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race meteorologist Simon Rowell (as opposed to Cowell) is a self-confessed geek and loves weird weather phenomena and always starts his day by checking his favourite websites, the Met Office’s Storm Tracker and then the US Navy’s weather site. ...[more]

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Another tense day of racing By Clipper Ventures, , 9:26 PM Tue 10 Jun 2014
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, it has been another tense day of racing with light airs, mixed sea currents and fog creating windholes and a game of snakes and ladders on the leaderboard. Switzerland is currently leading the fleet, with Derry~Londonderry~Doire in second place just a mile behind. ...[more]

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustration grows By Clipper Ventures, , 9:35 PM Mon 9 Jun 2014
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, it has been a second day of light winds and increasing frustration amongst the teams with some also sailing through fog. The yachts to the south have been making significantly better progress closer to the high pressure and also picking up on a more favourable current at times. ...[more]

Clipper Race – Race 14, day 1: Teams leave New York on 2,850 mile race By Clipper Ventures, , 9:21 PM Sun 8 Jun 2014
Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14 - Just four miles currently separates all 12 teams, currently sailing in light, flukey winds before it is expected to fill in again from the south west tomorrow. ...[more]

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