Clip­pers head­ing to Freo

Canning Times - - SAILING -

THE third stage of the Clip­per 2017-18 Race has started its trek from Cape Town to Fre­man­tle.

The race across the South­ern Ocean is seen as the first ma­jor test of the 11-month ad­ven­ture around the globe.

The 12 Clip­per Race teams will head into the no­to­ri­ous Roar­ing For­ties, re­spected by sailors as one of the best places to ap­pre­ci­ate Mother Na­ture.

A to­tal of 222 crew, in­clud­ing 17 Aus­tralians, are tak­ing part in the race to Fre­man­tle, which is the first of four Aus­tralian stopovers in­cluded on the Clip­per Race’s 40,000 nau­ti­cal mile global route.

Lo­cal Trevor Tay­lor, who is on board PSP Lo­gis­tics said he hoped he would do all right com­ing into Fre­man­tle.

“We have got a new skip­per Matt Mitchell who has done this sec­tion of the Clip­per Race twice be­fore; he will bring a bit to the ta­ble,” he said.

“Hope­fully we can build on what he’s achieved pre­vi­ously and go from there.”

The Clip­per Race fleet of 12 70-foot ocean rac­ing yachts is ex­pected to ar­rive in Fre­man­tle be­tween Novem­ber 21-25 and will be berthed at the Fre­man­tle Sail­ing Club.

Tay­lor, a mem­ber of the Fre­man­tle Sail­ing Club, said it would be an amaz­ing stopover for ev­ery­one.

“The Fre­man­tle Sail­ing Club is world class and the fa­cil­i­ties are as good as any­where,” he said.

The Clip­per Race fleet will de­part from Fre­man­tle for Syd­ney on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 2, then join the Syd­ney Ho­bart Yacht Race on Boxing Day, be­fore end­ing the All-Aus­tralian Leg 4 with a sprint up the east coast from Ho­bart to the Whit­sun­days.

The Clip­per Race in Cape Town.

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