Team Garmin narrowly miss out on podium place at the end of Clipper Race 11

After a fantastic start to Race 11, when Jan Ridd’s Team Garmin took advantage of the skipper’s tactical expertise to take the lead in the PSP Logistics Panama 100 Cup from San Francisco to Panama, Team Garmin finished the race in fourth place. The crew just missed out on their first podium place, being pipped to the finish by Jamaica Get All Right. Clipper 1

The final legs of this race saw a well fought battle to the podium between the two rivals. As dawn broke on the final day and with Team Garmin lying in third position, skipper Jan Ridd reported that the boat frustratingly got caught in a wind hole and struggled with 3 knots of wind while Team Jamaica Get All Right took advantage of a change of course, giving them more speed and the chance to grasp 3rd place.

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Team Garmin’s skipper Jan Ridd recalls the Clipper 2009/10 Race and the many close fights to the finish with Jamaica Get All Right’s skipper Pete Stirling, saying, “Peter is a skipper I have the highest respect for and I knew that the last few hours of the race would be very hard and we would have to be on top form to stay ahead of Jamaica Get All Right. We ended up crossing the line about five miles behind them, which was a disappointment for all on board, but I feel really positive about Team Garmin and we have definitely proved that we have the ability to win races.”

As the official marine electronics supplier to all 12 Clipper 70 yachts, Garmin has supplied the complete suite of navigation and GPS products on board with some of the crews using Vivofit to record their daily activities and sleep patterns. The Garmin GPS map 6012 Chartplotter, which is the hub of all Team Garmin’s navigation decisions, has proved invaluable to Team Garmin’s achievements in Race 11. After reaching Panama and getting plenty of rest, Ridd and his team look forward to the next challenge.

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