Clipper Round the World Race: Jamaica and Qingdao yachts cross Equator - Tourism Indonesia


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Clipper Round the World Race: Jamaica and Qingdao yachts cross Equator

Eight of the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race fleet crossed the finish line and arrived at their muster-point in Batam, Indonesia yesterday.

The final two of the ten internationally-backed yachts are still racing and are making good progress towards the finish line, 20 miles off the coast of Singapore. Jamaica and Qingdao both took a more westerly course than the rest of the fleet and fell behind, ground they were unable to make up.

The best estimate for their arrival is tomorrow morning (Thursday) local time, shortly after midnight GMT and both are expected in Nongsa Point Marina by lunchtime.

Qingdao has further to cover than Jamaica and Marcus Cholerton-Brown, skipper of the Chinese boat, reports that they are having to work hard.

In Nongsa Point Marina, where they received a traditional Indonesian welcome, complete with floral garlands, dancers and kompeng drummers, the crews are hard at work deep cleaning the boats and carrying out the routine maintenance and minor repairs necessary after the race from Fremantle.


1. New York: Finished 1412.20 GMT 14 January
2. Liverpool 08: Finished 1822.48 GMT 14 January
3. Finished 1917 GMT 14 January
4. Hull & Humber: Finished 2215.35 GMT 14 January
5. Durban 2010 and Beyond: Finished 2332.22 GMT 14 January
6. Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper: Finished 2334.26 GMT 14January
7. Uniquely Singapore: Finished 0448.45 GMT 15 January
8. Nova Scotia: Finished 0818.44 GMT 15 January
9. Jamaica: Distance to Finish (DTF) 93
10. Qingdao: DTF: 113

Heather Ewing

Earlier: Krakatoa welcomes the Clipper fleet to Indonesia


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