Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Chileans are back in the fight

Team Mowgli under spinaker
Portimão Global Ocean Race:Having rounded the eastern most tip of South America, the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet are heading north-west along the continental shelf between the Brazilian mainland and the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago with the German duo of Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme holding first place on Beluga Racer with a ten mile lead over Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz on Desafio Cabo de Hornos. As the four boats approach the equator and the Doldrums, weather forecasting is already becoming unreliable and virtually meaningless.

“We’ve just been through one of the most unforgettable nights of the entire race,” reports Felipe Cubillos. “Torrential rain; thunder; gusts of wind up to 35 knots; total calm; black, very black clouds… and in the middle of all this during a massive gust, all the electronic instruments packed-up.” The Chilean Class 40 is now sailing without the vital information required for competitive racing. “We’ve got nothing,” continues Cubillos. “No data, no heading, no wind strength or direction – zero.” Read more...