The Clipper Round the World Race is unique in that its crews are primarily amateurs who pay to sail one or more of the eight legs or the full 3,000-mile circumnavigation.
Organizers supply the 12 identical 70-foot racing yachts and each is led by a qualified skipper. The biannual race began Sept. 1 in London and will end there in July.
The sailors — from taxi drivers and CEOs to stay-at-home moms and students — continue to be tested and are now on Leg 4, a five-day, 180-mile run from Hobart to Brisbane, Australia, against the East Australian Current and headwinds from prevailing northeasterlies.
Within a 24-hour period, the yacht PSP Logistics retired as a precaution after a deck failure around the base of the starboard running backstay and Old Pulteney recovered a man overboard.
“John Yuen slipped from the bow and was left hanging on his lifeline next to the boat,” Old Pulteney skipper Patrick Van Der Zijden said. “With quick help from the crew and a halyard, John was craned back on board with a bit of a shock and a wet suit but otherwise unharmed.”
Click play for a taste of the conditions the Clipper fleet faces (from the 2012 race.)
The fleet is expected to begin arriving in Brisbane on Tuesday. Click here to track the fleet’s progress.