Jersey Clipper's run away performance over the last 3 days has been amazing but finally, with a staggering lead of 136 miles over second placed Hong Kong, the haemorrhaging has at least been halted.
It is a complement to Simon ROWELL and the crew of Jersey, that Glasgow Clipper has hit the headlines by taking a mere 4 miles out of their gigantic lead.
Apart from three isolated and small gains by Cape Town and Hong Kong, Jersey have pulled away from everyone for 10 consecutive radio schedules coving the last 5 days. No wonder Rory GILLARD reports sardonically that London Clipper's wind is ENE 8 knots and probably ESE 25 knots for those good guys on Jersey.
The wind has returned and although not strong most of the boats have managed 24-hour runs of around 190 miles. As is so often the case though, the poor get poorer and London and New York at the back have not faired so well.
New York's Ross DANIEL will not be happy with his 135 miles for the day and is going to have to pull some pretty sensational rabbits out of his hat to counter the cruel luck they have been having.
Cape Town's move to the west that showed promise two days ago does not seem to have been sustained and the boats to the middle and east of the direct line have now had the advantage. Although Cape Town is closing again they could still find an advantage on this side and maybe will be able to creep up the leaderboard once again.
After Adam KYFFIN'S success against Bristol Clipper yesterday, he and the crew of Liverpool have managed to keep the gap constant on Bristol. They will be getting lots of encouragement from Jersey at present as fourth place for Bristol means that the points for the overall lead are the same, although Bristol still will be ranked first for having the better set of results (four first places).
There is now a 326-mile gap between the first and last boat, so this could mean the boats will finish over a 48-hour period when they reach New York. Jersey Clipper presently has 1,424 miles to run but the conditions will be variable and an estimate of the time it will take her is difficult.
Rather than commit himself at this early stage, Race Director Colin de MOWBRAY asked Mike at his local newspaper shop what his thoughts were. As an avid Bristol Clipper supporter he agreed with Binks that Bristol would still win. He also said that if Jersey managed to average 200 miles a day they would finish in 7 days time on 20 August. If he is right that would be a great achievement for both Jersey and the Martock News Agency!
Clipper 2002 - Race 14 Positions
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