Clipper Race Fleet Arrives in Seattle


Thursday night, the Garmin yacht arrived at Bell Harbor in Seattle, Wash. after completing one of the most challenging races in Clipper Race history. Teams faced some of the worst weather conditions many of the professional skippers had ever seen.

All things considered, Garmin had a great race despite losing their bowsprit after one week of sailing, and sustaining substantial damage to the boat during a massive storm near the finish line. They finished strong in 6th place.

“We are certainly glad to be in Seattle, as this leg definitely lived up to its notorious reputation,” said Garmin skipper Ashley Skett.

“We have faced some massive challenges over the last few weeks. At times, it seemed as if everything was against us, but the team showed strength and character and they really pulled together. In the end, sixth is a very good result when you consider that on more than one occasion we thought that we may be out of the race altogether.

“I hope to never again experience conditions like those we have just faced. The crew and the boat took an absolute battering, but the fact that we arrived unscathed and in the top half of the fleet is a testament to our teamwork and performance under pressure.

Skett added, “Crossing the finish line in perfect conditions after what we have experienced out there was a very special moment for all of us. The sense of achievement having crossed the world’s largest ocean will be hard to match.”

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Garmin and rest of the Clipper fleet will now get some well-deserved rest in Seattle. The next race to New York via the Panama Canal starts on April 28th.

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