214 miles to go

Michel Kleinjans speeding home in the Portimao Global Ocean Race

Wednesday June 24th 2009, Author: Ollie Dewar, Location: United Kingdom
Over the past 24 hours, Michel Kleinjans and Open 40, Roaring Forty, have continued to deliver between 6-8 knots of boat speed in the final approach to Cape Saint Vincent at the south-western tip of Portugal. In the 0620 UTC position poll on Wednesday (24/06), Kleinjans is making 7.4 knots with 214 miles of the 33,000 mile circumnavigation remaining.

Current weather models suggest the westerly breeze that Roaring Forty is riding will hold at between 8-10 knots until this evening when the wind could turn more northerly and build by a few knots, providing Kleinjans with a broad reach finish on port. If the weather analysis is correct, the Belgian yachtsman’s ETA of midday on Thursday holds true.

As the final boat in the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet closes in on the finish line, the double-handed skippers of Beluga Racer, Desafio Cabo de Hornos and Team Mowgli and the Race Organisation are planning an enormous reception for Kleinjans who has become a very popular and highly-respected member of the race fraternity since the start gun fired eight months ago.

Leaderboard 0620 UTC Wednesday 24th June:
Double-handed class
1. Desafio Cabo de Hornos – 15d 21h 07m 05s
2. Beluga Racer – 16d 17h 34m 42s
3. Team Mowgli – 17d 18h 59m 55s
Single-handed class
1. Roaring Forty – DTF 214nm Spd 7.4kts

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