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After 10 days and 1,900nm, Frank Dixie must be very satisfied after PSP Logistics powered home to take victory in Race 11: Nasdaq Race from Panama to New York for the team’s second win of the 2017-18 edition.
An early tactical split between north and east during the first day of the race proved to be a make or break moment for the final positions on the leaderboard. PSP Logistics was the first team to tack, selecting the most easterly course of the fleet. As the teams battled through choppy upwind conditions passing through the Caribbean islands, Skipper Matt’s experiences from the previous two editions of the Clipper Race shone through as he and his team held the lead for six of the ten days of the race.
”I decided to make a tactical call to tack early as the long-range forecast suggested it could pay off. In doing so we got greater boat speed and a better angle. We didn’t go for the Scoring Gate as it would have taken boat speed down and with GREAT Britain on our heels for much of the race, it was a good decision.”
Meanwhile, Sanya Serenity Coast has further strengthened its lead in the overall standings after taking second place.
The fight for third went right down to the wire, with GREAT Britain crossing the finish line at just nine minutes ahead of Unicef. For GREAT Britain it capped off what has been a spectacular Leg 7 with back to back podiums. Skipper Dave Hartshorn says: “This podium feels better than the last one, although that was a great feeling. The team has worked so hard to go from second to fourth and pull it back in the last few hours.”
The start of the final leg of the Clipper 2017-18 Race, the Atlantic Homecoming Leg, starts 25 June. The race will return to Liverpool’s historic Royal Albert Dock for Race Finish on 28 July.