Qingdao is sponsoring a yacht in the Clipper Yacht Race and its namesake entry has taken the lead as of 9 Dec 2017.

Check out the details from Sailing Scuttlebutt:

(December 9, 2017; Day 7) – As the close racing continues in the Southern Ocean, the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race leaderboard positions continue to change with Qingdao retaking the lead on day seven of the The ClipperTelemed+ Tasman Test.

With less than 20 nautical miles separating the top three teams, the next 24 hours are set to be just as thrilling as the fleet converges on the race mark at the south of Tasmania before heading north to Sydney.

This follows an excitingly close Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint conclusion yesterday, which saw Sanya Serenity Coast, Visit Seattle and Qingdao claim the bonus points with less than four minutes between their elapsed times.

But today it is Qingdao which takes the lead though the team is highly aware of how close the racing is with Skipper Chris Kobusch reporting: “Since the team sailed into first position everyone is keen to stay there and every time I come on deck, or someone comes to the nav station, the first question is: where is Sanya Serenity Coast? How far are they away?

“It is really exciting racing with all the boats so close together. It is still a long way to go and the slightest mistake can cost you a position or more.”

Here’s more info on Clipper Yacht Race and Qingdao.

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