Great Britain Claims Line Honours in Clipper Race 11


Great Britain claimed top spot on 5th May in Race 11 of the world's longest ocean race - The PSP Logistics Panama 100 Cup from San Francisco to Panama, following another tense final few days tussle with Henri Lloyd.

Following more than two weeks racing in challenging light and variable winds, intense squalls and soaring temperatures, Great Britain and Henri Lloyd started the final days racing neck and neck. Great Britain found the better winds to take a commanding final margin and crossed the Farallones Finish Line off the coast of Central America at 17:16 UTC, ahead of Henri Lloyd which finished second at 19:53 UTC.

Jamaica Get All Right also fought a rousing finish line pursuit, finishing just two miles behind Henri Lloyd in third at 20:44 UTC.

The Clipper Race Committee shortened the Race 11 course in line with the sailing instructions, and announced the new Farallones Finish Line on Sunday morning. The decision was taken after it was advised of maintenance work that is being undertaken on the Panama Canal locks over the coming weeks, the lighter than expected wind strengths on this section of the race and then need to maintain the overall race schedule.

Team Garmin narrowly missed out on its first podium spot, finishing in fourth place at 21:59 UTC, to record its joint highest race position since Race 1 to Brest, France in September 2013. Old Pulteney finished fifth this morning at 05:16 UTC.

While the rest of the fleet pushes on to the Farallones Finish Line, the teams who have completed Race 11 have now started motor sailing to the Panama Canal. Teams are expected to start transiting the canal from May 10th before starting Race 12 - a 590 mile sprint race to Jamaica on 14th May.