KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) — A yacht representing Jamaica has now taken the lead in the prestigious Clipper Round the World Race, tourism officials here have reported.
The Jamaica Get All Right yacht has been the first to cross the equator and has led the Clipper race into the Southern Hemisphere, a release from the Jamaica Tourist Board has said.
The crew members are reported to be in a jubilant mood and team celebration, though small-scale, has included the famous Usain Bolt - To the World pose.
"As a crew, we have been working on various strategies and sail plans to try and make sure we hold them (the other teams) off," said skipper Pete Sterling.
PSP Logistics and Qingdao are the other yachts to have separated themselves from the pack, and the race is on in earnest to see which will be the first to dock at Marina du Chateau in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Assuming the lead in the world's longest ocean race has not been an easy feat for the Jamaica Get All Right crew — they are competing against fierce competition from the other vessels, as well as the rigours of the high seas.
"We celebrate this milestone with the crew which sets the stage for them to be a medal contender," said John Lynch, Jamaica's director of tourism.
"This world-famous yacht race provides a unique opportunity to market Destination Jamaica across the globe."
This is the third year Jamaica has been represented in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race which runs for 11 months, covers 40,000-miles and visits 15 ports on six continents.
The race began September 1 from London.