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26 March 2003, 09:46 am
Triple Tussle in Taiwan Strait
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Clipper 2002/03 Round the World Race
Shanghai (CHN) - Hong Kong (HKG)

There are three good scraps raging between the Clipper racing yachts in the Taiwan Strait, bringing lots of interest into this Sinotrans Race to Hong Kong.
Firstly, Bristol and Jersey remain very close to each other with Bristol having the edge at present. They are looking to match Jersey's score of two race wins and know that they can not allow the Channel Islanders to creep further ahead on the overall points.

After 24 hours of better winds, the two frontrunners have now slowed down allowing the chasing pack to make gains and reverse yesterday's rather demoralising situation.

Rory Gillard and his crew aboard London Clipper have caught up 13 miles in the last 12 hours and are now just 32 miles behind the leading pair. The Londoners also have a 10-mile cushion on the trio behind, but this will reduce as the wind drops with them first.

Only 3 miles separate Liverpool, Hong Kong and Glasgow and these yachts will no doubt be swapping places all the way to the finish. With poor visibility and every type of fishing devise imaginable around them, they have a lot more to concentrate on than just racing as fast as they can.

Further back New York Clipper has sneaked past Cape Town, but these two look as though once again they are going to be racing each other all the way to the line.

The weather is overcast, but the wind is forecast to hold enough for the boats to keep going and if this is the case we could see the fleet arriving in the early hours of Friday morning.

When they finish the Sinotrans Race the yachts will cross the line at Waglan Island to the south of the eastern entrance to the harbour. This is a famous landfall which seafarers traditionally looked for when approaching the fragrant harbour, which was later to become known as Hong Kong.

The finish marks the important halfway stage of the Clipper 2002 series and is around 12 miles from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club; the yachts will therefore not get alongside until two hours after their finishing time.

With under 250 miles to run now, the warm showers and cold beers will be getting nearer and nearer - a fact that will not have escaped the gallant Clipper crews as they race down the coast of China.

Clipper 2002 Sinotrans Race Positions

26/03/2003 03:00:00

Pos Yacht Distance to Finish (nautical miles)
1 Bristol 253.68
2 Jersey 255.74
3 London 285.69
4 Liverpool 296.02
5 Hong Kong 296.85
6 Glasgow 298.9
7 New York 323.43
8 Cape Town 329.88
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