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Buncrana children await local yacht skipper 20.06.14

CHILDREN from St Oran's National School in Buncrana eagerly awaiting the arrival into Lough Foyle of former pupil Sean McCarter who is skipper of Derry's entry in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
The children from the Cockhill school are proudly sporting their 'future crew' t-shirts sponsored by Derry City Council who are organising the LegenDerry Maritime Festival beginning this weekend.
Children from St Oran's National School, Cockhill, Buncrana get ready to welcome home Clipper skipper Sean McCarter.
The Derry clipper has a lead of 200 miles on second-placed Great Britain despite having to bear away and run north over the top of a new high pressure weather system.
Challenging weather is hampering some of the fleet’s progress.
Sean McCarter said: “On receiving our daily instalment of weather information yesterday morning, it was immediately apparent that an important decision was needed. We could either continue with our plan of sailing into the high until the breeze dropped and tack south to start a long slow beat under it.
"After going over the routing for both options, we decided that heading north would mean sailing less miles on faster angles whilst dodging the light patches on the west coast that are also hindered by tides. The unfortunate part was that we would have to sacrifice a large portion of our lead to reposition ourselves for the new strategy.
"The hope is to gain some of this back in a day or two as we pick up a more favourable heading before the chasing pack. Only time will tell.”
Children from St Oran's National School, Cockhill, Buncrana get ready to welcome home Clipper skipper Sean McCarter.
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