Ports & Ships Maritime News

Nov 19, 2005
Author: P&S

CLIPPER RACE UPDATE Durban Clipper arrives at home port

Saturday 19 November

Durban Clipper crosed the finish line at 0649 local time (0449 GMT) off Durban at the end of race 3 from Salvador.

After a night of thunder, torrential rain and high winds, the clouds cleared to welcome Craig Millar and his crew home to Durban. Dolphins were playing around Durban's bow as they coasted towards the finish line in light winds.

Mother Nature tested Craig and his crew right up to the line into their home port, when the wind died right off a couple of miles from the finish. Crowds gathered at the Durban Yacht Mole to welcome home the city's favourite sailor and Durban first ever entrant in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Durban was expected to arrive at the Yacht Mole at 07.30 local time, and a host of local dignitaries, Zulu warrior dancers and supporters are gathering for the much-awaited homecoming of the local yacht.

Glasgow is approximately 35 miles behind Durban and is expected to arrive later this morning (Saturday) and Jersey has just over 500 miles left to run after making a pitstop in Cape Town to investigate rig problems.

- this report and image courtesy Clipper Ventures

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