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An event­ful cross­ing of North Pa­cific Ocean

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

SINCE leav­ing the calm shores of the Whit­sun­days in late Jan­uary, the Clip­per round the world fleet has en­coun­tered some wild seas and strange oc­cur­rences.

From Air­lie Beach the Clip­per fleet headed to Qing­dao in China for leg five of the eight­leg race.

Be­fore they got there LMAX ex­change en­coun­tered what ap­peared to be an aban­doned yacht called Sayo 60 miles off the coast of Suri­gao del Sur, in the Philip­pines.

A Clip­per crew mem­ber jumped overboard and swam to the stricken ves­sel to in­ves­ti­gate.

He dis­cov­ered the mum­mi­fied body of Ger­man sailor Man­fred Fritz Ba­jo­rat frozen in what looked to be a fi­nal may­day trans­mis­sion.

LMAX Ex­change logged the po­si­tion of the yacht and con­tin­ued rac­ing fol­low­ing clear­ance to do so.

Race 8 win­ner was Derry~Lon­don­derry~Doire. The win saw the yacht leapfrog Great Bri­tain in the over­all race stand­ings be­fore the cross­ing of the North Pa­cific ocean in leg six.

The Seat­tle Pa­cific Chal­lenge was nearly over at the time of print­ing – Derry~Lon­don­derry~Doire led from LMAX Ex­change and Unic­eff.

The cross­ing of the North Pa­cific has thrown up chal­lenges for the crews – big seas and strong winds have caused Da Nang Viet­nam to re­tire af­ter she was hit by a storm.

Bring­ing up the rear of the fleet, Da Nang Viet­nam was struck by 45-knot west­erly winds on April 12.

“The wave dam­aged the port side bin­na­cle and helm­ing bars. As a pre­cau­tion, the team has made the de­ci­sion to re­tire from the race,” the Clip­per web­site re­ported.

Aus­tralian skip­per Wendy Tuck said she and some crew sus­tained mi­nor in­juries, with some shaken by the in­ci­dent.

Ear­lier in the cross­ing, 40- year-old English sailor Sarah Young, on­board Ichor Coal, was swept overboard and drowned.

One minute’s si­lence was held by all the sailors tak­ing part in the race pre­ced­ing her burial at sea.

Race founder Sir Robin Knox-John­ston has promised a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion into her death.

“The wave dam­aged the port side bin­na­cle..”

FULL TILT: Ichor Coal in ac­tion on the high seas.

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