maybe no coverage because it is hardly a race but a commercial conceit.
Rather than let the crews face the real racing challenge of the Alderney Race and the Chenal du Four in light winds they are stopping the first leg midstream and making the crews motor to Brest so that they can keep the sponsors and the port stoppover who paid for the privilege.
Not exactly true, and you probably know it. The fleet had already been through the Alderney Race.
The issue was not that it was difficult, christ there was nothing 'hard' about the conditions they were in, but that they had little or no breeze for sailing, therefore the course was shortened. Yes, there is a certain amount of having to meet timetables, but put it into perspective. The cost of running boats competitive enough to be fast in really light airs would be prohibitive, and therefore an amateur RTW would not exist.
Our sport has an inherent problem. With too much wind we cancel inshore racing, with too little wind then boats cannot sail.
Whatever you think of Clipper, it's pay to play business, training model etc., there is no doubt in my mind that they will introduce more long time sailors to the sport than the AC will. If not for Clipper there would be no ATRacing, no Team Origin (okay, maybe not the best example). In the same way Mike Golding got his sponsorship break due to Global Challenge. We are lucky enough to be in a sport that has a wonderful spectrum. If everything was like Clipper it would be terrible, but if everything was like the AC (or another more successful but totally professional area of the sport (TPs, ESS, Mini Maxis)) it would also be terrible. Adventure is an inherent part of sailing that allows it to cross from pasttime to sport.
Before the end of this race the crew will have been through tougher conditions than many people on this site will ever see. So to imply that they ended this leg early because it was too tough is frankly bollocks.