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Great Britian wins leg 12 of Clipper Round the World Yacht Race by 31 seconds

Race 12 of Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The Spirit of Jamaica Sprint
Race 12 of Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The Spirit of Jamaica Sprint
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, used with permission

On Saturday, May 17, Henri Lloyd crossed the Folly Point Lighthouse finish line in Port Antonio, Jamaica, a mere 31 seconds ahead of Great Britain in Race 12 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race making for a very exciting finish.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in Jamaica
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in Jamaica
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

“It was probably one of our closest races and toughest battles we’ve had together, but it was good. Everyone was very excited. We love finishes like that,” said Eric Holden, the skipper of Henri Lloyd.

Switzerland took third place, claiming its second podium finish of the Clipper Race so far.

“The race was won and lost over one main decision, simply when to tack east. The boats that chose to tack earlier in the race, reaped the rewards as they picked up good breeze and managed to maintain the best speeds along the rhumb line,” explained Clipper Race Deputy Race Director Mark Light.

The 2013-14 Clipper Race started September 1, 2013, from St Katharine Docks London, and will finish nearly a year later on or about July 12, 2014, after completing its 40,000-mile circumnavigation route. It is the world’s longest ocean race.

To view overall fleet results for Race 12: The Spirit of Jamaica Sprint, go to clipperroundtheworld.com/race-standings.