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First Soloist

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First Soloist

The Cape Doctor welcomed single handed Belgium sailor Michel Kleinjans to South Africa as he stormed across the finish line to win the single-handed division of the Portimão Global Ocean Race. The Cape Doctor is the name given by locals to the gale force winds that blow down the backside of Table Mountain. The strong southeasterly wind propelled Kleinjans and his Open 40, Roaring Forty into Cape Town right the way up to the finish line. Michel, looking worn and tired, raised his hands in salute clearly relieved to have finished the leg with his mast still intact, after the rigging problems that led him to drop from second on the water, to fourth boat into South Africa. Full story here This pic from Global Ocean Race and more here.