Clipper Race 4 intro
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston introduces race 4 in the 2015-16 edition of the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race.
Will crews risk the infamous Westerlies or take a shorter route but risk lighter conditions. What will the boat speeds get up to as they surf 70ft ocean racing yachts down these huge swells?
As the official timekeepers for the Clipper Round the World Race 2015 -16 we were asked if we’d like to name one of the races. Choosing race 4 was a natural choice - massive surf, relentlessly strong winds and hopefully some sun on their backs to keep spirits high. 2,088 nautical miles 11-14 days non stop, wind permitting.
The heat is on to Sydney.
As the fleet sets sail to Sydney, our watches will take yet another battering from mother nature both on the wrists of Skippers and Crew but also mounted to the Clipper 70' race yachts without the relative warmth and comfort of a human wrist.
How could any watch survive this 50,000 mile marathon and 11 months at sea?