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The youngest ever skipper to lead a team in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2017 – 2018, took the Visit Seattle to great heights in achieving a sensational maiden victory in Race 6, The Wondrous Whitsundays Race. 24-year-old British sailor Nikki Henderson was praised by her team members as being a charismatic young leader who loves teaching and has trained them well. After finishing second in Race 4 from Fremantle to Sydney, Australia, this was their second podium result.
Racing to Victory
Visit Seattle completed the 1,600 nautical mile dash from Hobart to Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays in 11 days. This particular stage was regarded as one of the most challenging thus far in the Clipper Races with a wide variety of conditions – more than any other stage thus far. Tough upwind conditions included two spectacular storms with major lightning and gusts of wind of as much as 78 knots. Luckily the team was prepared for the adverse weather having experienced similar conditions in the first leg to Punta del Este and handled it exceptionally well. Marek Omilian, a crew member from Seattle said that despite it being quite a long race because of the heat and challenging weather conditions, it was phenomenal.
And the sailing excitement in the Clipper Races is far from being over. Race 7 kicks off today (29th of January) and will see sailors take on an approximately 4,200 nautical mile journey to Sanya, China before heading to Qingdao, China and then crossing the Pacific to Seattle, Panama and New York. The final stretch will take them over the Atlantic all the way to Londonderry and the race will be finished on 28 July.