SAILING: Gould revels in Round the World win
6:00am Saturday 7th September 2013 in Latest News
SWINDON-BORN sailor Rich Gould, skipper of Invest Africa, has won race one of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race by five miles after race organisers had to shorten the course because of prevailing conditions.
GREAT Britain pipped Qingdao to second by just 0.07 miles, while two teams received time penalties for infringing the Dover Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). This resulted in Mission Performance and Old Pulteney slipping from potential podium places to the bottom of the table.
Gould said: “It is a really great way to start the race by winning race one. We took a gamble yesterday morning and sailed away from the fleet and it paid off. Everyone really concentrated on getting the spinnaker up and trimming all the time and it got us ahead of the rest of the fleet.
“Coming in in first place is a really nice morale boost and we worked the boat hard in some challenging conditions so it is fantastic to get 12 points in the bag already.”
GREAT Britain skipper Simon Talbot and his crew finished in second place. He agreed it was a real game of snakes and ladders but added his team are over the moon about their podium place.
“We fell into a wind hole off Dover but I kept telling everyone it's not over until you've crossed the line and the gun has gone. They kept pushing and never gave up and then we overtook Qingdao 15 minutes before the end of the race in thick fog with a tactical gybe to leapfrog them.”
Gareth Glover, skipper of Qingdao, added: “It was very difficult with some light winds after a good start. We had problems with our spinnaker but we managed to sort it then fell into a wind hole so it was a frustrating race.
“The boat and crew sailed well though and everyone is gelling brilliantly, so we are delighted with a podium spot.”
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