Facts about the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14

The fastest boat speed recorded on the Clipper 2013-14 Race is 35 knots on board OneDLL during Leg 6 across the North Pacific from Qingdao, China to San Francisco.

The most amount of miles covered in a 24-hour period on the race was achieved by PSP Logistics, clocking off 310 miles during Leg 3 across the Southern Ocean from Cape Town, South Africa to Albany, Western Australia

Each yacht had 224 different types of medical supplies on board.

Offshore each yacht used at least 1,000 wet wipes per week, which where then disposed of in port.

On each yacht, round the world crew members spent on average at least 504 hours of their life stood behind the wheel during the race. Whilst racing, each crew member burned around 5,000 calories a day.

Ocean racing is thirsty work, and the mother watch will serve an almost constant supply of hot drinks. The twelve teams slurped their way through more than 150,000 pints of tea, using 293,000 tea bags while they are at sea over the eleven months.

The combined sail area for a Clipper 70 yacht is 1,530 square metres. To lay all of the sails on board out flat you would need an area the size of three football pitches. The total linier use of fabric on board a Clipper 70 is 2,000 metres.

Tie every warp, line, sheet and halyard together from the Clipper Race fleet and the ropes will stretch for a massive nine miles – twice the height of Mount Everest. To rig one boat excluding spares takes 1,415 metres of rope weighing 191kg using modern fibres such as Dyneema. Old-fashioned ropes would weigh around 271kg, which means around a 30 per cent weight reduction per boat using Dyneema.

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