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Leg 3
The Southern Ocean Leg

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After a parade of sail past the waving crowds, it’s out onto the waters of one of the world’s Great Capes — Good Hope — and getting ready to face what, for many sailors, will be their ultimate challenge. As the Cape of Good Hope falls astern, the racing yachts tack down towards the 40th parallel. This is where the Roaring Forties start and the Southern Ocean provides some of the most extreme and exhilarating sailing in the world.

Crew safety and kit preservation are the watchwords. If the cloud is thick, night sailing happens in inky blackness with just the compass and the instruments to help. It’ll be chilly, too, because although it will be a Southern Hemisphere spring, the wind might be coming straight up from the ice of Antarctica.

Leaving the lonely and remote Kerguelen Islands to starboard, the combination of strong winds and large ocean swell that are bigger than buildings will keep crews on their toes. So, too, will the chance of vicious in-coming low pressure systems that can bring with them intense, gale force storms. Expect 80 foot swells, boat speeds of well over 30 knots and wind speeds that can reach up to 70 mph. A downwind run you’ll never forget.

Your reward is the knowledge that you’ve raced in the most remote ocean on the planet, where outside of the Clipper Race fleet your nearest companions are the astronauts on the International Space Station.

The beautiful, sun kissed beaches of Western Australia and a well chilled drink will be a welcome sight.

Stats

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the only event of its type. Anyone, even if they have never stepped on a boat before, can join the adventure.

Leg 33
1 Race
8°C - 28°C
5,575mi / 8,972km
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A drag race sprint from start to finish line or a marathon tactical battle across the world’s largest oceans enduring weeks at sea; each of the 16 races provides a unique challenge to each and every crew member.

Cape Town, South Africa
Fremantle, Australia
Countries Visited

A drag race sprint from start to finish line or a marathon tactical battle across the world’s largest oceans enduring weeks at sea; each of the 16 races provides a unique challenge to each and every crew member.

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Leg 1
5200 miles
33 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
Atlantic Ocean crossed
Aug - Sep 2017
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Leg 2
3400 miles
18 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
South Atlantic crossed
Oct - Oct 2017
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Leg 3
4750 miles
23 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
Southern Ocean crossed
Oct - Nov 2017
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Leg 4
4328 miles
28 days at sea
2/3 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing as such - Indian/Southern and Pacific
Nov 2017 - Jan 2018
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Leg 5
6300 miles
53 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing
Jan - Feb 2018
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Leg 6
5700 miles
33 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
North Pacific crossed
Feb - Apr 2018
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Leg 7
5400 miles
38 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing
Apr - Jun 2018
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Leg 8
3350 miles
22 days at sea
2/3 races
4 ports
North Atlantic crossed
Jun - Jul 2018
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Leg 1
5200 miles
33 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
Atlantic Ocean crossed
Aug - Sep 2017
View Leg
Leg 2
3400 miles
18 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
South Atlantic crossed
Oct - Oct 2017
View Leg
Leg 3
4750 miles
23 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
Southern Ocean crossed
Oct - Nov 2017
View Leg
Leg 4
4328 miles
28 days at sea
2/3 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing as such - Indian/Southern and Pacific
Nov 2017 - Jan 2018
View Leg
Leg 5
6300 miles
53 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing
Jan - Feb 2018
View Leg
Leg 6
5700 miles
33 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
North Pacific crossed
Feb - Apr 2018
View Leg
Leg 7
5400 miles
38 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing
Apr - Jun 2018
View Leg
Leg 8
3350 miles
22 days at sea
2/3 races
4 ports
North Atlantic crossed
Jun - Jul 2018
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