The amazing battle on Race 14 of the Clipper 2002 Series is now finally in its closing stages, but not without further interests.
Hong Kong Clipper's fine second place was the focus of everyone's attention at the Intrepid Museum yesterday evening. In the most beautiful conditions imaginable, Justin TAYLOR proudly brought his crew up the Hudson River, past the Statue of Liberty, along the famous Manhattan waterfront and into the dock behind the vast aircraft carrier
Meanwhile, out at sea things were not so marvellous. The boats were beating against a 25 to 30 knot headwind trying to close the last remaining miles. Bristol Skipper, Richard BUTLER lamented that if this was not bad enough, they had found one of the swirling Gulf Stream eddies which gave them an adverse current of up to 4 knots at one time.
The NW winds are now slackening and as the next high pressure comes, the calms will return.
With these conditions the arrival times for those sailing at the rear of the fleet, such as Glasgow and Liverpool, were starting to slip even further. At 03:00 GMT today Rupert PARKHOUSE in Glasgow Clipper, as the last placed racing boat, applied to take 'Racing Retirement,' which meant that for operational reasons they could retire and keep their
Although a great disappointment not to reach the final furlong this was a very practical decision and had the total support from everyone. His decision was then followed by Adam KYFFIN in Liverpool who was some 20 miles ahead of Glasgow but had no prospect of catching Bristol.
Liverpool Clipper therefore retains their fourth place and is now also heading towards New York under power.
Bristol clipper's position was better than that of both Glasgow and Liverpool, so they will continue to race to the finish. Skipper Binks predicts that they will cross the Race 14 finish line off Ambrose Light-tower at 17:20 GMT today, which will see them dock alongside the mighty USS intrepid at about 17:00 local NY time after motoring up the
Clipper 2002 - Race 14 Positions
||Dist To Finish (Nautical Miles)
||FINISHED 23/08/03 at 15:45 GMT
||FINISHED 24/08/03 at 18:24 GMT