PORTIMAO GLOBAL OCEAN RACE
Thursday November 13th, 2008
All eyes are on the closing stages of the first leg of the Portimao Global Ocean Race, hazardous and particularly unusual weather conditions are opening up the field. Leg favourites Beluga Racer now have their potential winning position threatened by Team Mowgli who are the first boat to reach the Southern Ocean. Begula Racerís other biggest rival Desafio Cabo de Hornos (who have been in second place so far) are heading south in search of big breezes and are averaging a speed of 12knots which is twice that of Begula Racer.
The main problem is the headwind and teaming rain, highly unusual conditions to be found around Cape Town this time of year. And it looks like it will continue for the next few days as the weather front moves further into the path of Begula racer. Meanwhile co-skippers Jeremy Salvesen and David Thompson aboard Team Mowgli are also being battered by headwinds and must feel like they are fighting a losing battle against the persistent area of high pressure blocking their path. Thereís still a long way to go and the Harbour Guides Crew wish all the teams a safe voyage and the very best of luck.
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