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Clipper Round the World: Tidal power determines the leaders of the pack

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10-July-2012. Day 4 in Race 14 to Den Helder, the Netherlands has seen the fleet of ten ocean racing yachts competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race take on the tactical challenge of timing the notorious tidal gates of the North Sea, in an attempt to win a coveted podium position.

Gold Coast Australia continues to lead the pack whilst in the last 24 hours Singapore has successfully challenged Visit Finland for second place. With just two miles separating the yachts, the race continues to heat up.

Singapore  skipper, Ben Bowley described the power of the tides and the importance of timing them correctly, “We were being swept along at ten knots whereas Visit Finland was being pinned back by the tide and making no more than four knots over the ground.  This allowed us to slip on the inside of them, cutting the north Shore of Stroma Island by around half a mile.”

With just 19 miles currently separating first place Gold Coast Australia and fifth place De Lage Landen, the race is still anyone’s for the taking, “With less than 400 miles to go until we reach Den Helder, this race is going to be decided fairly quickly. There is still everything left to play for, as there are only a few miles separating all ten yachts,” explained Stuart Jackson, skipper of the Dutch entry, De Lage Landen.

During the fleet’s stay in Den Helder, Recruitment Manager David Cusworth will be holding free hour long presentations for those interested in taking part in the future races. Click here to find out more about the Clipper Race Roadshow.