14. Girl Power!

As I discussed in my last blog, the 2017-2018 edition of the Clipper Round The World Wendy TuckYacht Race finished in Liverpool on Saturday 28th July and was indeed won by a woman skipper. The Australian Wendy Tuck, skipper of Sanya Serenity Coast, not only became the first women to win the Clipper Round The World since its inception in the mid 1990s, she also became the first woman to win ANY round the world yacht race thus making sailing history, not just Clipper history. As if that was not enough, second place in the overall race went to Visit Seattle,BBCBreakfast skipper by Nicki Henderson and the difference between first and second place, after 11 months and 40,000 miles racing ………… was just 4 points. Not surprisingly, and entirely appropriately, this example of ‘girl power’ has attracted  much media attention. The final Race results were:

1st   Sanya Serenity Coast (16 women) – 143 points

2nd   Visit Seattle (16 women) – 139 points

3rd   Qingdao (18 women) – 135 points

4th   Garmin (18 women) – 125 points

5th   PSP Logistics (14 women) – 121 points20180730_131032

6th   Unicef (18 women) – 108 points

7th   Dare To Lead (19 women) – 106 points

8th   Great Britain (16 women) – 90 points

9th   Liverpool 2018 (11 women) – 79 points

10th   HotelPlanner.com (16 women) – 69 points

11th   Nasdaq (14 women) – 61 points

A total of 198 women (out of a total crew of 712) raced in the 2017-2018 edition and at least 27 of them (plus Wendy and Nikki) sailed around the world.

IMG-20180729-WA0000In a further example of ‘Clipper girl power’, male ‘survivors’ from Level 1 training back in April who made it to Liverpool for the end of 2017-2018 Race party for crews of the (next) 2019-2020 edition of the race were outnumbered 2 to 1!

More of my weekend in Liverpool and tours of the Clipper 70 fleet in my next blog ……..




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