As I discussed in my last blog, the 2017-2018 edition of the Clipper Round The World Yacht 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, 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 points
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.
In 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 ……..