Race leaders Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on Beluga Racer are currently just under 600 miles from the finish line averaging 11.5 knots â€“ three knots faster than their rivals Felipe Cubillos and JosÃ© MuÃ±oz on second place Desafio Cabo de Hornos. Further south 120 miles north-east of Puerto Rico, the British double-handed crew of Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson on board third place Team Mowgli remain the fastest boat in the fleet and have reduced their deficit to Beluga Racer by approximately 50 miles during the past 24 hours and currently trail the race leaders by 559 miles. Meanwhile, the fleet’s solo sailor Michel Kleinjans continues to deliver impressive pace and his Open 40, Roaring Forty is 240 mile behind the Chilean double-handed team on Desafio Cabo de Hornos as the Belgian solo sailor passes below the 1,000 mile Distance To Finish barrier.
Portimao racers closing on Charleston
With less than 600 miles between the leaders and the finish line, competitors in the Portimao Global Ocean race are rapidly bringing the penultimate leg to a conclusion.