Throughout Tuesday, the entire Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet tacked away from the coast, but the breeze failed for the leading boats with Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on Beluga Racer dropping speed averages to two knots with Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz making just double the speed 83 miles behind the German team. Meanwhile, averaging just under six knots, Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson on Team Mowgli and Kleinjans on Roaring Forty held the breeze slightly longer before the wind finally died in the early evening.
“Don’t look at the GPS, don’t check the distance and don’t follow the miles counting backwards on the display.” said Felix Oehme from Beluga. “I’m certain it freezes the numbers and they won’t change anymore.” Some sort of activity was required on board Beluga Racer and they found it by taking advantage of the stunning environment and taking turns for a dip!
Can you recall another round the world event where a competitor went overboard for the sheer fun of it? It’s just another example to us of the fact that ordinary guys, without mega budgets, can get involved in RTWs and actually have fun whilst doing it. Pic from Beluga Racer and more here.