Olly’s OneDLL charge

By Clare Newman

Friday, February 21, 2014

 

Olly’s OneDLL charge

Right, skipper Olly Cotterell celebrates OneDLL's podium position after they arrived in Singapore.

SAILING

IW SAILOR Olly Cotterall has steered OneDLL to the overall lead in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Cotterall, 28, of Cowes, who came through the sailing ranks with Cowes-based charity, UKSA, came third in the latest leg of the gruelling challenge — the 33-day Brisbane to Singapore route.

He and his boat, OneDLL, finished 30 minutes behind second-placed GREAT Britain, gaining ten valuable points in the overall standings.

"This was a difficult race. We had headwinds when we should have had favourable winds and there were a lot of changes at the front. We actually led for a long time and we were a bit unlucky towards the end with the wind hole that developed. At the halfway stage of the series, we are in a very strong position but we know we have a lot of work ahead to keep it up."

Henri Lloyd won the leg just seconds ahead of GREAT Britain.

OneDLL is now just 1.1 points ahead of Henri Lloyd with 81 and 79.9 points respectively. Derry-Londonderry-Doire is in third place with 69 points.

The next leg, from Singapore to Qingdao, China, started on Wednesday. The boats are expected to arrive on March 7.

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