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19 March 2006, 11:19 am
Clipper Re-Launches Continue For Restart
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Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2005-2006
Subic Bay, Philippines

As the crews returned to Subic Bay over the weekend, the boats have continued to be re-launched ahead of next Saturday's race restart. Four boats are now in the water - Qingdao, Glasgow, New York and Victoria. Uniquely Singapore is due to be launched later on Sunday evening.
Liverpool 08 is also ready to be launched, with the rest of the fleet close behind with all the keels now drilled and ready to go.

The hydraulic hose failed on the hoist on Sunday morning, just to test the team's nerves and slow down the re-launch schedule for a short while. But within a couple of hours it was fixed and back in action, moving the Clipper 68's around the confines of the busy yard. No ALT tag specified

Two professional riggers from The Rig Shop in Southampton have been busy stepping the rigs of the boats that have been re-launched. New York and Qingdao both have their rigs in and are looking like boats again - an uplifting sight for the workers, the Race Team and crews alike. New York went for a spin around the harbour this morning sporting her rig, and made an appearance at the Subic Bay Yacht Club where the fleet were originally berthed upon arrival.

During the afternoon Assistant Race Director Simon ROWELL took crews on a tour of the Water Craft boatyard, where all the work has been taking place, so that returning crews can get a first-hand view of the rectification work before the remaining boats are re-launched.

Chris GLADISH, the Mecal surveyor, has also been on site along with surveyor Richard LAMBLE for the final safety survey, and to ensure the work has been carried out to the highest standards.

Sails and bunks are out of storage and being prepared to be put back onboard. The final week of preparations is now underway. Crews, having spent a few weeks away from the boats, are itching to get back on board and get racing again.

Clipper Chairman Sir Robin KNOX-JOHNSTON will be arriving in Subic Bay on Thursday ahead of Saturday's re-start.

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