The local boat in the Clipper 07/08 Round the World Yacht race has found itself in a neck and neck race to New York, and from there home to Halifax.
As of yesterday evening the Nova Scotia sat ninth of ten in the current race from Jamaica to New York, with 628 kilometres to go. But it’s only a single kilometre behind two other boats, and a mere nine kilometers out of first place.
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After landing in New York, the yachts are expected to leave next Wednesday and arrive in Halifax Friday or Saturday.
That Halifax is a leg on the race is partly due to happenstance. In the 2002 race the ships travelled straight from New York to England. But a storm in the North Atlantic caused the fleet to make a surprise stop in Halifax to escape the storm.
Nova Scotia ended up sponsoring a boat for the next race in 2005/2006 and Halifax was added as a stop before the trans-Atlantic journey.