THE ‘toughest’ leg of an around the world yacht race has been completed.
Pete Stirling and Gareth Glover, from Fareham and Gosport respectively, arrived in Qingdao, China, after finishing Race 9.1 of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race.
The 12-strong fleet have spent nearly two months sea racing from Brisbane to Qingdao via Singapore and Hong Kong.
Pete Stirling led Jamaica Get All Right but they had to retire due to equipment difficulties on board.
They now sit ninth in the overall race standings.
He said: ‘It was tough getting to Qingdao; it’s been a long race from Singapore with lots of trials and tribulations to deal with.
‘Even the last 200 miles were tough to deal with but the crew are all very happy to be here, after all of the challenges we have faced it has made the team even stronger.’
Qingdao, skippered by Gareth Glover, finished in seventh place and they are now sixth overall.
Gareth added: ‘This was a tough race, I mean really tough.
‘We were doing really well out of Singapore, I think we were second or third and we had devised some really good tactics.
Race 10, which is 5,800 miles from China to San Francisco, starts tomorrow.