DERRY CLIPPER IN PUSH FOR PODIUM FINISH AS 40,000 MILE CHALLENGE NEARS END
The 12-strong fleet has departed Holland on the final leg of 11-month 40,000 mile Clipper Round the World Yacht Race with the Derry “LondonDerry” Doire chasing a podium place.
The 250 mile race 16 left the Dutch port of Den Helder earlier today and are expected to arrive in London on Saturday morning,
On arrival, Henri Lloyd, skippered by Canadian Eric Holden, will officially be crowned the winner of the Clipper 2013-14 Race at the prizegiving ceremony in St Katharine Docks after the team’s fifth win and ninth podium overall into The Netherlands last week meant it could not be beaten.
GREAT Britain, in second, can only be beaten if it is disqualified and scores zero points in the final race.
OneDLL, currently in third on 127 points, could suffer an upset with Sean McCarter’s Derry Clipper in fourth on 124 points.
Switzerland is safe in fifth place on 110 points, but Qingdao (currently seventh) or Jamaica Get All Right (currently eighth) could overtake Old Pulteney, currently in sixth, and claim the mid fleet spot.
PSP Logistics, currently in ninth, could mathematically be seventh, Team Garmin, currently in tenth, could finish ninth.
Invest Africa, in 11th, could finish in tenth. Mission Performance will finish in twelfth.