Thursday, September 08, 2011
Together with taking in the sights that Rio de Janeiro has to offer, including Sugarloaf Mountain and Corcovado, the crew members of the Clipper Race have been busy preparing their racing yachts for the next leg of the 40,000-mile adventure.
High on the list of priorities this week has been sail repair, with work needed on a number of the teams’ sail wardrobe after their first Atlantic Ocean crossing, from Madeira to Rio.
Martin Newman, Yacht Sail Production Manager at Hyde Sails, has been on hand to offer advice to the crew as maintenance began on spinnakers, mainsails and Yankees.
“It’s been great to see a number of the crew with their sewing machines and hand sewing thread out, getting on with their repairs in the Rio sunshine,” says Martin.
“The end results of their days of labour, sweating over sails, are something they should all be proud of and something they will definitely benefit from in the long run as the race progresses.”
Hyde is one of the world’s largest volume sail producers and will be providing support to all the teams of the Clipper Race throughout the event.
Race 3 sees the fleet set sail for Cape Town, South Africa, on Saturday 10 September.