With less than fifty miles to the finish line in Brazil, the light winds that have compressed the competitors in the Portimao Global Ocean Race are set to strengthen. The fight for the last miles of the race will be vicious.
After 40 days at sea, the final 40 miles of the PortimÃƒÂ£o Global Ocean Race Leg 3 are going to be incredibly tight with the breeze forecast to lift to around ten knots and shift south-east at around 1400 GMT. Until shortly before midnight, the pace was brisk at ten knots with Cubillos and MuÃƒÂ±oz trailing by 26 miles. At midnight, the predicted drop in wind engulfed the two race leaders with five knots of southerly breeze rapidly slowing Beluga Racer from 10 knots to six knot averages in the space of three hours with just 77 miles to the coast.