Derry Clipper takes Atlantic victory

Published Sunday, 22 June 2014
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The Derry~Londonderry~Doire has won the New York to Londonderry leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

The yacht has been battling its way across the Atlantic over the past couple of weeks to forge an unassailable lead in the 2,850-mile stage.

Originally the yachts were scheduled to finish at Greencastle, however, unusual weather patterns and lighter winds hindered the transatlantic crossing and racing was halted at 12pm on Sunday and the boats distance to the original finish line measured.

The Derry vessel finished the race 11 nautical miles ahead of its nearest rival, Team Garmin with Old Pulteney finishing third.

The local crew had traversed the Atlantic in a time of 14 days, 15 hours and 17 minutes.

It is expected to dock in the Foyle at around noon on Monday.

The win is the first time in six years a team has won its homecoming race.

An overjoyed skipper Sean McCarter said: "We inherited the title of LengenDerry crew, but now it's official.

"I couldn't be any prouder of how this team has performed. We have always said this is our race and there was no way we were going to let anyone else stand on that podium in Derry-Londonderry ahead of us.

"To everyone back in Derry-Londonderry - we've waited a long time for this moment and we can't wait to celebrate it with you.

"See you tomorrow."

The win places Derry~Londonderry~Doire just five points behind OneDLL on the overall leaderboard.

I am so proud of our skipper, who throughout the hard times stood firm and led us to victory. This team is truly LegenDerry and so is Sean.

Crew member Breidge Boyle

The Northern Irish team is now in serious contention for an overall podium place in the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race, as just two races remain in the 16 race series.

Crew member Breidge Boyle, from Derry added: "I am so proud to be a part of this fabulous team and this fabulous boat.

"I can't wait to arrive in the city now - mum, I can't wait to see you."

The arrival of the 12 boats competing in the race will mark the centrepiece of the LegenDerry Maritime Festival, which started on Saturday.

Visitors will get the chance to meet the crews at the Foyle Marina as part of a huge week of celebrations in the Maiden City.

Other highlights will include one of Derry's biggest ever combined local and continental markets, music events and arts and crafts, leading up to party finale next Saturday.

The clippers will then set sail for the Netherlands on the 15th leg of their journey around the globe.

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