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Clipper Race Restarts Tomorrow

Spirit of Australia gets in a shakedown cruise this weekend. She and eight other Clippers will start the next leg of the Race tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. Head on down!

© Erik Simonson

With a successful stopover behind them, the nine boats in the ’09-10 Clipper ‘Round the World Race will start Race 8 of the world tour tomorrow. Although we’d been hoping for a big weekend send-off, a sailor delayed in Europe by the volcano ash cloud, and the arrival of Team Finland early this morning — delayed in getting its new rig stepped in Qingdao — have pushed the start from the realm of sunshine into what’s looking like a very wet day. The National Weather Service is forecasting a westerly of 10- to 20-knots with gusts to 30 knots near Angel Island, along with rain and isolated thunderstorms that will clock to the northwest and dry up a little in the evening.

California with her new rig.

© Erik Simonson

Understanding that most people won’t be able to get out of work, Clipper Ventures has wisely decided to start the 3,329-mile leg to Panama in the evening. So if you can’t make it down to see the fleet leave the docks at 3 p.m., or the parade of sail at 4 p.m., then grab an umbrella and a raincoat and stop by the San Francisco Marina for the 6 p.m. start. If you thought it was cool to have the Clippers visit the Bay, and want to see them come back in ’11-12, then head on down and show your support.

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Gentle breezes and warm temps greeted showgoers at Strictly Sail this weekend. latitude/LaDonna
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