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“There’s not a minute to be lost”
The Clipper Round the World Race illustrates this favourite maxim of Jack’s very well. The identical boats started together 27 days ago from Liverpool and and are passing Rio today en route for Buenos Aires 1000 nm ahead, the end of the first leg.
Nine boats are bunched together within 180 nm. The leader Sanya Serenity is just 32 miles ahead of #2 Unicef - 2.5 hours - equivalent to gaining 5.5 minutes a day for 27 days.
All the crews - amateurs who signed up for the cruise of a lifetime - must be tolerably tired by now!
Sat Sep 16
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