The first victory points in the Clipper Round the World Race 2017/18 belong to the crew around the German skipper Chris Kobusch. The team on the "Qingdao" was the first to pass the gate abeam Mauritania on the starting section from Liverpool to Puntdel Este in Argentina on Saturday and still led the fleet one day later on Sunday. The teams on "Great Britain" and "SanySerenity Coast" came second and third.
Clipper Race 2017: The "Qingdao" crew (yellow boat) with skipper Chris Kobusch was the first to score the first points
Chris Kobusch is one of twelve skippers in the Clipper Race 2017/18
The official ranking for this gate will not be published until all boats have passed it. After the partial success at the start, Kobusch saw no reason for premature cheers: "With the Doldrums corridor, the sprint across the ocean and about 4000 nautical miles to the destination port, there is still a long way to go. It will be a lot about tactics A lot can happen, and positions can change again. " In Puntdel Este the first yachts are expected from September 20th.
Two weeks ago the Clipper crews embarked on the adventure of a lifetime off Liverpool in Great Britain
From there the Clipper Round the World Race will continue with a course for the Australian port of Perth. The race is considered to be the greatest amateur challenge in international sailing. The participating crews sail around the world over a total of 40,000 nautical miles on twelve identical 70-foot yachts, which are led by a professional skipper. Co-sailors can - even without previous sailing experience - book for individual stages or the entire race. Every participant must take part in intensive training camps before the start of the race. The Clipper Round the World Race was once launched by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and in the current edition consists of eight stages and a total of 16 individual races. The crews have been at sea for two weeks.
Here you can find the tracker and the intermediate results