Currently all is well for the westerly teams, with the front passing over quickly and leaving them to get on with the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint. Nasdaq Skipper Rob Graham reports: “Nasdaq began our Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint this afternoon in potentially fast conditions. The weather front we had been expecting passed over without bringing any problems or serious squalls, and once it was gone we were able to get the kite back up and crack on. It's hard work, but everyone is giving it their best.”Whilst the North Pacific Ocean has certainly tested all eleven Clipper Race teams over the past few weeks, it has also definitely impressed with its beauty. Not only did GREAT Britain receive a visit from three humpback whales, the HotelPlanner.com crew also turned wildlife watchers as Skipper Conall Morrison explains: “As I was at the helm, I saw a big whale breech the surface a couple of times only a few boat lengths from our hull. It was very sleek and black and had only a little fin on its back, not sure what species it is at all. This whale then followed us at a distance of 100-200m for about an hour.”
To follow the fleet's progress to the finish and Seattle, keep an eye on the Clipper Race Viewer. You can also read the Skipper Blogs in full in the Team Pages section of the website or find out the latest from the crew in the Crew Diaries.
The latest Estimated Arrival Times into Seattle can also be found on the Clipper Race Website. The fleet was originally expected to finish the 5,600nm Race 9: The Race to the Emerald City from Qingdao to Seattle and arrive into Bell Harbor Marina between Saturday 14 and Thursday 19 of April, but conditions in the early part of the race means the boats are now expected between Friday 20 and Sunday 22 April.