CLIPPER RACE NEWS

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Marlow Ropes is proud to be the official supplier of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, a 17 year long partnership. The full Clipper 70 yacht fleet are equipped with specialist Marlow products, and along with the 712 amateur crew, will experience one of the greatest challenges and an endurance test like no other as they circumnavigate 40,000 nautical miles.

CLIPPER ROUND THE WORLD
 YACHT RACE

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15,620 metres of rope will travel 40,000 nautical miles around the world in one of the toughest endurance races in the World. 

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Race 11, Day 17 

It's been a while since we've been in touch, so what have Stitch and I been up to?

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Race 11 Day 3 - Reflections

It's taken a couple of days to traverse Puget Sound and the Straits of Juan De Fuca as we depart Seattle.

Between the training exercises and inevitable practice man-overboard, there is time to chat and think about our stopover. Certainly, in the early hours of 2nd May when there is almost no wind and the sea is a millpond; reflections of many sorts.

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Hi all, I was asked for a little background on my mascot, Stitch:

Back in 2019 when we were all younger, as a family, my wife, son and I wanted something to take around the world with me on the race.

Despite having been around dinghys for decades and yachts for the last 15 years or so, there are some things I'd never done before on the practical side.

As the race approached, the team looked for people to take on a variety of roles: media, team coordinator, treasurer and the more boaty engineer, bosun for the deck hardware and sail repair.

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I'm still tingling with excitement from having started Leg 6, Race 10 of the Clipper 2019-20 Race.

Sent off with a Filipino traditional dance troupe performing for the invited guests but visible from our pontoon.

1215 local time and we slipped lines, snubbed on a short rope around the end of the pontoon to get a great departure to join the Parade of Sail. As we all congregated, a fleet wide call was made for a rendition of Happy Birthday to our very own Matt, 19 on the day of departure.

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Here at Marlow Ropes, we're delighted to be back with the action and crews' for Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Marlow Ambassador and crew member on Imagine Your Korea, James Anderson will be providing reguular updates on each leg of the race.

JAMES ANDERSON, IMAGINE YOUR CAREER - BLOG

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Apollo dips to the horizon, a shimmer and disappears. I descend the mast and reach the deck just as the golden chariot rushes beneath the earth to prepare for a new dawn.

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Neptune arrived as promised on 1st February. Crossing the equator about 21:00 local time on 31/1/20 (11:00 in UK) it was no time for the Trial of the Pollywogs. So at a watch change over in light winds, the Pollywogs assembled before Neptune and the Court of His Loyal Shellbacks. While many fine offerings were made in interpretive dance, poems, limericks and recitations, the guilty were duly punished, absolved of their heinous crimes against the Sea (including peeing in it!) and anointed Shellbacks.

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Undulating silk smooth waters have given way to waves, cresting and occasionally spattered by rain. Squalls erupting from low flying clouds bring fresh winds, exciting helming with unpredictable wind shifts and occasionally a light shower. More often a torrent. Mischievously these last long enough to go down, grab your shampoo, get on deck and lathered up but not quite long enough for a rinse. Regardless, these are welcome relief for days of relentless heat and sunshine. Coming on deck is a relief. 

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Two sleeps until Christmas. Yes it is Christmas Eve, but on a watch system it is a bit dfferent. I will be on the “Nice” watch and will be in bed asleep at midnight. The “Naughty” watch will be up when on deck so whether they get any presents or just some coal we will find out. No TV repeats here and no one brought a Christmas movie with them. Plenty of Christmas music and albums – it’s like being at the shops but less expensive! My wife may tell me otherwise later. Today I’ve been checking the access to the boat.

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SOUTHERN OCEAN BLOG 4: 07.12.19

24 hours since the last blog, and the Ocean bit back! Fabulous electric light show around us for my watch. It arrived locally for the next one and there was no gap between thunder and lightning. No strike on the boat thankfully, but there has been a big wind shift, we heeled hard over so a few lee-cloths were tested and half an hour of hard work all around. No harm done.

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