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More Ocean Racing


More Ocean Racing

There is another round the world race on and, the Volvo fleet had scarcely left Cape Town, before the first leg Portimao Global Ocean Race winners arrived. Beluga Racer took line honours, followed three hours later by Desafio Cabo de Hornos. The German team of Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme did a superb job all the way to the finish line coaxing everything they could out of their stunning blue and white Class 40. As they approached land dolphins joined them in their revelry while a pod whales basked lazily in the cool water between the city and Robben Island, home for Nelson Mandela for the best part of three decades.

Three hours later Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz sailed their brand new Class 40 Desafio Cabo de Hornos across the same finish line, their colourful graphics a striking contrast against the slate grey of Table Mountain. “We raced them all the way to the finish,” Felipe said. “some of our weather models gave us the win while others gave Beluga Racer the victory. We had to keep pushing all the way until we knew it was hopeless and even then we kept on pushing.” Desafio Cabo de Hornos finished a scant three hours astern of Beluga Racer, a slight margin after 35 days of racing. “We had no problems at all,” said José Muñoz. “the boat was perfect all the way. No problems. We could leave in a few days if we had to. We are now ready for the Southern Ocean.” This pic from Brian Hancock. More here.