New York wins transatlantic leg of the Clipper race 24/7/06

New York Clipper claimed first place position in race 11 of the Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race, racing from their host port in New York, across the formidable Atlantic Ocean to Jersey in the Channel Islands – taking 15 days.

This marks the New York boat’s first win in the 35,000 mile race which is now on its home leg (leg 7) to Liverpool after setting sail over ten months ago from the same city. After racing for over 3,000 miles, the last hours once again came down to a photo finish with New York crossing the shortened finish line at 0954 GMT, closely followed by at 1030 GMT and the VictoriaClipper chasing at 1048 GMT.

It wasn’t an easy run for the New York crew as both westernaustralia.comand Victoria were close on their tail for ten days solid.

Back on land, the beautiful Island of Jersey has become a hive of activity as they prepare for the arrival of the ocean-weary crews. The Jersey Clipper is currently lying in fifth place position.

The fleet will remain in Jersey until the final race to Liverpool starts tomorrow (25 July), which makes a brief pit stop in Holyhead.