Qingdao – Clipper Round the World Yacht Race © Sarah Lacey

Two of the three Chinese teams, Visit Sanya, China and Qingdao, who are competing in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race have taken the two top spots in Race 2: to Yacht Club Punta del Este, in Uruguay.

After 26 days of racing around the clock and covering more than 5,000nm, a tightly fought battle played out between Visit Sanya and Qingdao, but it was the Qingdao team which clinched victory.

Chris Brooks, Qingdao skipper said: “It could have been either us or Visit Sanya, China in first place – they played an amazing hand and were leading the race most of the way. It was snakes and ladders on the course all the time. Going through the Doldrums and the equator it was really hot below deck. The conditions haven’t been great, but the team are so strong and rock solid – all there to help each other out and that is the ethos we want to keep on the boat throughout the race round the world.”

The win for Qingdao was twice as impressive as the team had chosen to play its Joker on this race, meaning that its points for Race 2 will be doubled, scooping 22 points instead of the normal 11 points for a win.

Race 2: The Commodore’s Cup is the second of 15 races that makes up the 11 month, 40,000nm Clipper 2019-20 Race. What makes the challenge of racing around the world all the more incredible is that the Clipper Race crew are non-professional sailors.



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