Gosport man leads yacht to podium finish

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A GOSPORT skipper has led a Chinese yacht team to third place in the first leg of a race.

The Chinese team Qingdao came third in Race 1 of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race.

Captain Gareth Glover, from Gosport, said: ‘It was very difficult with some light winds after a good start.

‘We had problems with our spinnaker, but we managed to sort it then fell into a wind hole so it was a frustrating race.

‘The boat and crew sailed well though and everyone is gelling brilliantly, so we are delighted with a podium spot.’

First place went to Invest Africa, and second to finish was Great Britain.

It was a close finish between second and third place teams.

Great Britain finished 0.07 miles ahead of Qingdao.

The skipper for second-placed yacht Simon Talbot, said: ‘We fell into a wind hole off Dover, but I kept telling everyone it’s not over until you’ve crossed the line and the gun has gone.

‘They kept pushing and never gave up and then we overtook Qingdao 15 minutes before the end of the race in thick fog with a tactical gybe to leapfrog them.’

The first leg of the race is from London, UK, to Brest in France.

There, sailors stop over for four days, before they carry on with the remainder of the first race, which finishes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The entire race has eight legs, stretching over 11 months. Visit