Race 10 (Leg 6) of the Clipper 2013-2104 Round the world Yacht Race began last night (0530 UTC). The first key milestone will be the southern tip of Japan where “skippers will face the age old-dilemma: take the shortest route and risk light airs or head north for a colder but stronger ride east” . The twelve teams will leave Qingdao, China and sail across the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco, U.S.A. The fleet is expected to arrive between April 8 – 12.
An exciting race to follow! Over 5800 NM, and crossing the International Date Line. I’m curious to see how the skippers will choose their routes across the Pacific.
Update: because of heavy fog this morning the fleet ceased racing. They are now motor-sailing and will resume the race when the fog lifts .
Hong Kong Observatory Marine Forecast
Pacific Analysis from the Ocean Prediction Center (NOAA/NWS)
High Seas Forecast for the Central North Pacific (NOAA/NWS)
PassageWeather Sailing Forecasts, North Pacific Region