Cork Clipper Rises From The Ashes

29 April, 2010

A little over 3,000 miles to the east of the race track a phoenix is beginning to rise. Cork has left Antigua and is now en route for Panama where she will rejoin the race.

Stuart Jackson, who has been working with the Clipper team in Antigua and is skippering the delivery, says, “There is great excitement and anticipation on board as we make this voyage to rejoin the rest of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet. The importance of this voyage is recognised and understood by all on board, but is very special for two of the nine delivery crew members, Dave Paton and Jacqui Browne both of whom are Cork crew members.”

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Dave and Jacqui were both on board the original Cork yacht when she grounded in the Java Sea and helping to get the team back in the race has been one of their goals since then.

Stu, who knows the boat inside out and will be able to pass on some of his knowledge during the transit to Panama, continues, “The weather forecast for the voyage expected to take up to a week is good with mostly easterly winds, Force 4 to 6 predicted. This should provide us with good downwind sailing and give us the opportunity to try out some of our new spinnakers for the first time on the Challenge 67-foot yacht.

“Jacqui and Dave are looking forward to the week on board Cork and to meeting up with all of the rest of the Cork crew for what will undoubtedly be a very special reunion.”

That reunion is sure to be an emotional one and will take place when the rest of the Cork crew, who are racing aboard the other nine yachts in the fleet, arrives in Panama in a little under two weeks’ time.

Cork’s skipper, Hannah Jenner, has taken temporary charge of Qingdao after Chris Stanmore-Major got caught up in the fall out from the volcanic ash cloud; Qingdao was the third team to pass through the scoring gate, collecting their first gate point of this contest and is quickly approaching the rendezvous with her charge.

The Cork Clipper project is funded by Fáilte Ireland, Cork City Council and Cork County Council with the main objective of promoting Cork as a tourism and business destination around the world. Working alongside Tourism Ireland, Cork will be promoted to consumers, trade and the media in key markets that the race visits. The culmination of the project will be the arrival in Kinsale, Co. Cork of the ten yachts competing in the Clipper Race in July 2010. Eight days of festivities here will showcase Cork and Ireland to a global market.

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