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Clipper race is 'top of the pinnacle' says Hampshire student Jacob Carter
ROPES have shredded his hands and his skin is battered by South Atlantic saltwater and the unforgiving rays of the equatorial sun.
But it is not over for 20-year-old Hampshire student Jacob Carter as he celebrates winning the second leg of the Clipper Round the World Race. For his 40,000-mile epic odyssey on the high seas has only just begun. His yacht, Great Britain, comfortably sailed into Cape Town on Saturday after a fortnight’s voyage from Rio Janeiro.
The second stage of an eight-leg race draws to close today with the last boats, Mission Performance, whose crew includes clinical psychologist Peter Wilcock, 66, from Winchester, and team Qingdao set to arrive in the South African port. However, Jacob has more than 30,000 miles of the world’s ultimate ocean race to go before he can contemplate the comforts of home.
Speaking to the Daily Echo after taking his first steps on dry land, Jacob said: “My family are supportive but are saying I should be a bit more sensible and that I could be in university studying – and my friends think I am nuts.
“But when I take up a sport I like to take it to the top and sailing round the world is the top of the pinnacle.”
The former South Downs College student from Portchester said his most memorable moment was when his skipper Simon Talbot decided to take gamble and split from the pack by veering south to catch better winds, dropping from first place to seventh.
But ultimately this paid off with strong winds powering his team ahead to first place.
When they stepped ashore below Cape Town’s spectacular Table Mountain, his team was 30 miles ahead of the second place boat Henri Lloyd.
Jacob and the other competitors set sail on Monday, November 4 on the 4,950-nautical mile, 20-day third leg to Albany, in Australia.
Second place in the latest leg was clinched by team Henri Lloyd. Third was Invest Africa, which includes housewife Diana Nicholson, 59, followed by One DLL, with fellow Sotonian Dave Richards, 63, and John Menetrier, 60, from Gosport. Fifth was Old Pulteney with Kate Hepworth, 40 and Charles Slater, 39, both from Southampton.
Chris Dickson, 54, from Winchester, arrived in Cape Town with his Derry-Londonderry-Doire team in seventh place.
PSP Logistics, which features 20-year-old Southampton student Samuel Trimmer, crossed the finish line yesterday in eighth place, followed by Team Garmin.
Winchester’s Peter Wilcock, 66, and William Ferguson, 46, have yet to arrive in Cape Town onboard Mission Performance.
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