Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, onboard his Open 60 Saga Insurance, today crosses the finish line of leg 2 in the VELUX 5 Oceans
in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. The British sailing hero has completed a mammoth leg of ocean racing, celebrating his 68th birthday and proving his enduring skills as an offshore sailor amidst a fleet of young skippers.
With only a fast paced Atlantic sprint left to the finish of the Velux 5 Oceans in Bilbao, the sailing legend looks set to complete an historic circumnavigation. The VELUX 5 Oceans is the longest and toughest event, for any individual in any sport. In 2006, the event gets tougher. The legs between ports get longer. The stopovers are fewer and more compact – with a shorter window of preparation for the next leg. And, by the end of it the skippers will have sailed 30,000 miles of ocean alone, facing all the extremes that nature can throw at them.