*(Pic courtesy of Heather Ewing)
The penultimate race of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race is underway. At 1700 local time (1600 GMT) the cannon fired from the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s start line at Weaver’s Point near Crosshaven at the mouth of Cork Harbour to set the teams on their way in the 550-mile race to Ijmuiden, Holland. Peter Crowley carried out Race Officer Duties with assistance from Colin, John & Tom Morehead and Helen Guinan.
In wet and overcast conditions with a breeze of 15 knots from the south, the fleet got off to a flying start. Uniquely Singapore was first to cross the start line, closely followed by Spirit of Australia, whose crew has vowed to race hard for another podium finish, despite needing just one more point to clinch overall victory. Cape Breton Island was just a couple of boat lengths behind them, as Hull & Humber, Jamaica Lightning Bolt, California, Team Finland, Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, Qingdao and Cork began the long beat towards the Land’s End and the Scilly Isles, where they will turn into the familiar waters of the English Channel.