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5 November 2002, 11:55 am
Hong Kong Sneaks in at the Finish
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The Crew of Hong Kong Celebrate© Clipper Ventures

Clipper 2002 Round the World Yacht Race

Six of the eight boats ended up leading this race at different times but only one led at the start and one at the finish.
After his flying start over seven days ago, Justin Taylor brought Hong Kong home first in a most impressive show of skill and determination.

Just over 6 minutes astern Jersey crossed the line after a thousand hard fought miles. These two had been battling it out with London and New York chasing hard astern. Despite her lead yesterday Sam Fuller's western bias finally let her down and she crossed the line the line 5 minutes astern of Chris Hazeldene in London to take fourth place.

Hong Kong's win is more significant than Justin or the crew appreciated. There have been three previous Clipper races and Hong Kong, which is boat number 3, has never recorded a win before. His victory was in part due to a brave and well thought out tack north of Cape Finisterre where he decided to bite the bullet and get west before being forced to tack on an unfavourable wind shift. This initially put him right at the back but the dividends slowly rolled in and he and his crew must have enjoyed his last few days picking off those ahead of him.

Bristol finished at 12 minutes past 3 this morning, maintaining the tradition of keeping the Race Staff up throughout the night. In fifth place, and some 4 hours after the winner, Richard Butler confirmed that their downfall was 6 days ago after leading the fleet round Anglesey and then getting into a position where he was forced to keep to the east of the course to Cape Finisterre. At one point yesterday they had recovered and were close to Hong Kong but close does not get the cream buns in this game.

Glasgow has just ghosted across the line having with a glorious dawn sky behind her. Rupert Parkhouse has been the Duty Skipper for this race and has done a magnificent job of coordinating the skippers during the 12 hourly radio schedules. These schedules become a way of life and are the only means the skippers and crew know where the others are and what their standing is.

Liverpool turned all the heads by a sensational inshore dash down the coast yesterday but appears to have slowed right down. It is expected she will arrive in Cascais at about 1100 this morning. Cape Town has got well and truly stuck in a windless patch and did not enjoy the benefit from the fresh northerly. It is expected that she will arrive AM Wednesday, probably well after the 0300 graveyard slot! The fleet is alongside at Cascais and now sleeps - but all good things come to an end. Today will see lots of action as the boats are cleaned, maintained and mended.

The start for Race 2, from Cascais to Cuba, will start at 1200 on Sunday 10 November. This is one day later than originally programmed.

Leg One Results

Pos Yacht Status Time Date
1 Hong Kong FINISHED 22.59 04/11/02
2 Jersey FINISHED 23.06 04/11/02
3 London FINISHED 0.05 05/11/02
4 New York FINISHED 0.49 05/11/02
5 Bristol FINISHED 3.45 05/11/02
6 Glasgow FINISHED 7.25 05/11/02
7 Liverpool ETA 11 05/11/02
8 Cape Town ETA AM 06/11/02
Colin de Mowbray/ISAF News Editor
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