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Chris Kobusch Qingdao Skipper
GERMAN SKIPPER WINS FINAL STAGE IN CLIPPER ROUND THE WORLD YACHT RACE

27 JULY 2018

German yachtsman Chris Kobusch has led Qingdao to third place in the overall Clipper Race standings after winning Race 13 from Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, to Liverpool, UK.

The team crossed the finish line at 10:04:04 UTC on Friday 27 July to secure first place.

Qingdao was strong right from the start on the River Foyle and didn’t drop any lower than second throughout the whole 900 nautical mile dash around Ireland to Liverpool.

Qingdao Skipper Chris Kobusch says: “It has been a fantastic race and I am extremely happy and proud of the effort my team has put in.

“To be able to not only secure the Race 13 victory but also guarantee our Race Team Partner Qingdao its first ever overall podium is extremely satisfying. The entire team has been working towards this goal for the past year and it is amazing to realise that we have done it.”

This is the fourth podium for Qingdao and the second win after the team previously claimed victory in Race 9 across the mighty North Pacific from Qingdao to Seattle. Qingdao has also been the champion of the Scoring Gate, with the team collecting a fleet high 19 bonus points from Scoring Gates.

Vicky Song, who became the first Chinese woman to sail around the world when she raced on board Qingdao in the Clipper 2013-14 Race, congratulated the team and said: “I have been following the race for the last eleven months so I excited to know that both Chinese teams are doing so well this time!! I wish I was there to celebrate with them.

“It is a big sailing year for China. The Dongfeng won the Volvo Race and now two Chinese boats will finish on the overall Clipper Race Podium. It brought sailing in front of the Chinese media and it is a great encouragement to all Chinese sailing fans!”

The sprint up the River Mersey on Saturday 28 July, from 8am local time, will now decide whether Qingdao finishes second or third in the overall standings. Fellow Chinese entry, Sanya Serenity Coast is set to take out the overall win later today

The Clipper Race is unique in that it trains non-professionals to be ocean faring sailors. Established in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo, non-stop around the world, 40 per cent of Clipper Race crew have no previous sailing experience before signing up and undergoing the compulsory four weeks of training.

In total, 711 people representing 42 different nationalities, including Germany, and from all walks of life are taking part in the 40,000 nautical mile Clipper 2017-18 Race.

Sailing fans will be able to tune in live and watch Qingdao compete in the exciting river sprint tomorrow via the Clipper Race website.

ENDS