HAMPSHIRE sailors competing in the Clipper Round the World race are today celebrating yet another win.
Team GREAT Britain, which includes 20-year-old Jacob Carter from Portchester and Steve Mabey, 47, from Southampton, powered comfortably ahead of the pack to reach the finish line off the coast of Panama.
It followed more than two weeks' racing in challenging conditions of light and variable winds, intense squalls and soaring temperatures, with GREAT Britain and Henri Lloyd starting the final days racing neck and neck.
But in the end GREAT Britain found the better winds to take a commanding final margin, crossing the Farallones Finish Line off the coast of Central American country ahead of Henri Lloyd which finished second.
Skipper Simon Talbot said: "What can I say, yet another absolute nail biter.
“After leading the pack for the majority of the race, our nemesis Henri Lloyd fought back hard to pip us through Remedios gate yesterday, triggering the fight back of the century on board GREAT Britain as we made for the finish line.”
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 they were advised of maintenance work that is being undertaken on the Panama Canal locks over the coming weeks as well as the lighter than expected wind strengths on this section of the race and then need to maintain the overall race schedule.
After an extremely tense climax yesterday which saw GREAT Britain take line honours in Race 11, the second half of the fleet continues to battle light winds and variable conditions as the PSP Logistics Panama 100 Cup draws to a close.