Global finale

Nine months and 33,000 nautical miles after the competitors in the first Portimão Global Ocean Race set sail for their around the world adventure the four surviving boats returned home last week.

Greeted at the marina’s VIP dock by city mayor Manuel da Luz, double-handed German co-skippers Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme aboard Beluga Racer took the honours ahead of first past the post Desafio Cabo de Hornos from Chile, with Jeremy Salveston and David Thomson and their British Team Mowgli finishing in third.

Belgian Michel Kleinjans was the only solo sailor to last the distance winning that category on Roaring Forty. During the subsequent celebrations race organiser Josh Hall confirmed that a second edition was already in the planning phase for 2011.