Southern duel

The Portimao Global Ocean Race is approaching the end of its second leg with two boats vying for the lead in the Tasman Sea. On Sunday Felipe Cubillos and Jose Munoz had made up the best part of the 80 miles to have their Chilean Desafio Cabo de Hornos draw level with long-time leader Beluga Racer- only to run out of wind to the south of Australia.

Once more 114 miles in arrears, the frustrated co-skippers managed to take advantage of the constantly changing weather systems in the region to renew their challenge, gaining 43 miles within 24 hours by Monday. With less than 1000 miles marked by unpredictable wind to go to Wellington, New Zealand, the race is anyone’s for the taking.