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Frustrated skipper quits

MARCH 17 -- One of the skippers competing in the 2005–’06 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race announced Tuesday his resignation from the race.

Team skipper David Pryce said doubts that organizers would be able to meet the race restart date of March 25, and stick to the revised race program, fueled his pulling out of the race, according to a news release on the race Web site. Pryce had left Subic Bay in the Philippines to return to Australia.

"David was an excellent skipper and will be missed by his crew and the other skippers in the race," race director Tim Hedges says in the release.

"We are doing everything in our power to ensure that the boats are ready to go on 25th March and are sad to lose David in these circumstances," Hedges adds.

Keel problems have sidelined the 10 boats, during the sixth leg of the race. The boats are being worked on at Subic Bay in the Philippines.

Clipper Ventures, which organizes the race, announced that the competition would restart March 25. Because of the lengthy delay, however, the organizers decided also to cancel the stop planned for Yokohama, Japan, and to switch the stopover at Curacao in the Caribbean to Port Antonino in Jamaica.

-- Jason Fell