Published Monday, 30 December 2013
The Derry-Londonderry-Doire clipper in Hobart, Tasmania. (© Clipper Ventures)
The team claimed a class win and their first podium place in the the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race on Sunday evening.
The classic Australian offshore race saw a 12 strong fleet battle 628 miles from Sydney to Tasmania to cross the finish line at 18:42:28 GMT.
It began on Thursday, Boxing Day, and involved some of the world's best professional sailors in the 94-yacht spectacle.
NI's team also won Race 6 of the Clipper Race and the Clipper One Design class, created by the Rolex Sydney Hobart race organisers, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA).
Skipper Sean McCarter said: "It was very intense and definitely lived up to its reputation as one of the toughest races. It had a bit of everything. At first there was not enough wind, then there was almost too much wind at the end.
"The last 36 hours was a real slog and it was really difficult. Hats off to all the guys who have done a fantastic job. We have been close to winning a race a few times so to make it happen in one of the most famous races in the world is unbelievable.
"We are so grateful for all the support back home, it's almost like having an extra crew member. It means so much to us."
Race 7 to Brisbane will start on New Year's Day.
The 12 Clipper Race teams are almost half way round the world in their adventure of a lifetime and will return to London in July 2014 after sailing 40,000 miles over six continents, visiting 16 ports during their 11 month ocean odyssey.
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