Clipper Round the World Race: Team Finland Make It Two In Two

Mark BatemanCorrespondent INovember 2, 2009

The 2009-2010 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race entered its third stage as the teams set sail from Rio De Jainero for Cape Town in South Africa.

Team Finland, who won both the first and second legs of the race, are currently in fourth place as the yachts cross the South Atlantic.

The Hull & Humber vessel is leading the charge, as it did from France to Brazil, but will be wary of being complacent as they finished in a lowly seventh place when they arrived in Rio last month.

Race Three will see more tactical decisions’ being made by the skippers as the South Atlantic is notorious for anti-clockwise winds that swirl around the South Atlantic High Pressure system.

This could force more of the yachts, which are manned by amateur sailors, into taking the longer route to the African continent.

The race is set to end back in Kingston upon Hull, in the UK, in spring 2010.