Crews finish 5,000-mile leg in global yacht race

CELEBRATION Skipper Gareth Glover, from Gosport, and his crew on board the Clipper 70 yacht Qingdao
CELEBRATION Skipper Gareth Glover, from Gosport, and his crew on board the Clipper 70 yacht Qingdao

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TEAMS from across the area racing around the world have arrived in Australia.

Pete Stirling, from Titchfield, led his Clipper 70 yacht Jamaica Get All Right in at sixth place, while Gosport’s Gareth Glover brought his yacht Qingdao into port in fourth place.

As reported, the two skippers are leading amateur crews across the globe in the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race, which has its headquarters in Gosport.

Both finished the 5,000-mile leg from Cape Town, South Africa to Albany in Australia yesterday after battling some of the toughest sailing conditions on the globe.

Pete said: ‘We didn’t have a good start out of Cape Town as we went too far south, but we had a good Ocean Sprint and were second fastest and we have gone up four places in the last three to four days so we are really happy.’

The Fareham-based firm sponsored boat, PSP Logistics, came seventh and another Fareham-based company’s sponsored yacht, Mission Performance, came in in 10th place.