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5 June 2001, 06:06 pm
Jersey Takes Leg Four - Panama to Galapagos
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The Time Clipper Race 2000

At the end of a race that saw the final hours turn into a light wind tacking match, Jersey managed to hold onto their lead to cross the line in first place shortly after 3 pm local time (2100GMT) on Friday.
Approaching the first finish line in the southern hemisphere it looked at one point as if the wind might die leaving the front runners within the reach of those further back. Bristol and London pulled up abreast of Jersey but just out of sight, and all three boats slowed right down.

Meanwhile the boats behind were still making good speed, 8 or 9 knots, and Leeds now only 12 miles behind, looked increasingly threatening. As the breeze near the island moved ahead of the leaders the tactical situation changed and for a while London had the advantage as the windward boat. But a further wind shift served to push Jersey over the line first. London and Bristol, only yards apart, tacked across each other with what Clare Shortridge observing from Jersey described as several near misses. Eventually London managed to at last win one of her now familiar last minute duels to take second place by a couple of boat lengths.

Leeds finished a short time later in 4th place, a satisfying result for Paul Burke and his crew, and Martin Clough on Portsmouth contacted me this morning to confirm his finish time of 0656GMT. Plymouth, Glasgow and Liverpool, though further back, are still making good progress and should arrive later on Friday or Saturday.

Results Leg Four

1 Jersey
2 London
3 Bristol


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