Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Countdown is on...

Cabo De Hornos out of the water / Portimão Global Ocean Race
With the countdown to the start of Portimão Global Ocean Race Leg 3 from New Zealand to Ilhabela, Brazil, beginning to bite for the four teams, final preparation for the 7,500 mile race through the Pacific and South Atlantic Oceans are advancing rapidly.

During Leg 2 from Cape Town, South Africa, to Wellington, New Zealand, the British duo of Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson on Class 40 Team Mowgli took the full force of gales throughout Christmas and New Year, sustaining severe damage including a broken pushpit, a split boom and further damage to the bowsprit in early January. With the start of Leg 3 scheduled for this Saturday at 14:15 local time (01:15 GMT), the race to complete repairs before setting off on a potential 35 day stretch of hard racing is nearing completion. “On Tuesday, we had over 19 people working on Team Mowgli at one time or another,” reports Piers Williams, Chairman of Ambition Racing and head of the Team Mowgli logistics crew. “It really was a huge day and the new boom arrived from Auckland,” he continues. “It looks fantastic and given that it took ten days from ordering the boom to delivery, this says a huge amount about Hall Spars who really pulled out the stops for Team Mowgli.” read more