Against the wind

THE START of the Portimao Global Ocean Race Cape Town-Wellington second leg has been postponed in order to give competitors more time to recover from their arduous opening Atlantic traverse.

German co-skippered Beluga Racer was the first boat to arrive in South Africa three hours ahead of Chile’s Desafio Cabo de Hornos after a tough finale marked by gale-force winds. Third home was Britain’s Team Mowgli while Belgian Michel Kleinjans and his Roaring Forty leads the solo category. The oldest competitor, 69-year-old Dutchman Nico Budel, was the penultimate sailor to take his Hayai across the finishing line on Monday, leaving only the South African Kazimir Partners yet to finish. To date 7000 nautical miles have been successfully navigated by the six-strong field since setting out from the Algarve six weeks ago.