Tuesday, August 02, 2011
The 10-strong Clipper race fleet set sail yesterday, powered by Hyde Sails…
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race started from Southampton on Sunday, with the 10-strong fleet heading for a pitstop in Maderia before continuing on their first ocean leg, across the Atlantic to Rio de Janerio in Brazil. The race will return to the Solent in July, 2012.
It was the first time since 2004 that a round the world yacht race had started from the Solent and the large community of sailing and boating enthusiasts turned out in force to witness the spectacle under blue skies and 8-10 knots of breeze. The Royal Navy’s helicopter carrier, ‘HMS Illustrious’, and hundreds of spectator boats gave a spectacular send off to the amateur crews.
First to charge across the line was race debutant, ‘Gold Coast Australia’, closely followed by ‘Geraldton Western Australia’ and Keppel Corporation-sponsored ‘Singapore’, with ‘New York’, ‘De Lage Landen’ and the bright pink ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ in hot pursuit. By the first mark ‘Gold Coast Australia’ had extended their lead to a quarter of a mile while ‘Singapore’ had moved up to second.
The Hyde Sails team was out in force to witness the 10 yachts, all powered by Hyde’s sails, make their way out of the Solent. “It was an amazing sight,” said Paul Austin from Hyde’s. “We’re so pleased to be the fleet’s sail supplier for the second race in succession. It was good to see the boats, clad in the sails we made, setting out on their challenging journey round the world.”
As the official sail supplier for the Clipper 10-11 Round the World Yacht Race, Hyde has been closely involved with the boats as they prepared for their round the world test, helping the crews to train in sail repair and maintenance, which will be a necessary part of their trip. Hyde Sails will power all 10 of the Clipper yachts as they race round the world. Over the course of 10 months and 35,000 miles of racing, the yachts and their sails will face some of the most testing sailing conditions possible, including the challenges of the Southern Ocean. As well as the benefits of the highest quality workmanship, skippers will receive specialist support at key stopovers.