Most of you will now know that in August 2015, Daniel Smith, a Senior Yachting and Watersports Instructor for sportscotland Cumbrae set off on a 40,000 nautical mile circumnavigation of the planet as a Skipper in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Yesterday, Dan and his team recorded an impressive back to back, clean sweep win in the race, after taking line honours in ‘The Sailing City Qingdao Cup’ leg. Dan is leading a crew of amateur sailors onboard one of twelve 70 foot matched racing yachts on the Northern Irish sponsored entry Derry~Londonderry~Doire. It’s an exciting period for both the skipper and Cumbrae.
“We are really glad to get the clean sweep and so happy that our hard work paid off. In the last race we managed 16 points so getting 17 this time was very satisfying. We are working our way up the leaderboard so it’s a good place to be”.
“This is my first time in Qingdao, what a welcome. It really is great to be here. We certainly feel this has been the hardest race of the series so far. We had very light winds which are tricky to keep the boat moving in, and we had storm force winds as well so it has been very, very hard on the crew who all worked fantastically hard, and I’m very proud of them.”