Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Velux 5 Oceans

Huh, what's that? Sounds like a new saltwater vacuum cleaner...

The race formerly known as the BOC Challenge - now called something else entirely - will begin October 22. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail non-stop around the planet (Moitessier abandoned the race) when he won the Sunday Times Golden Globe in 1969, will be at age 67 the oldest and most experienced competitor.

Departing 10/22 from the Port of Getxo in Bilbao, the first leg will be to Australia via the Doldrums, around the Cape of Good Hope, and across the Indian Ocean.

After a short stopover in Fremantle, the skippers face probably the toughest leg: around the legendary Cape Horn to USA’s eastern Seaboard. The skippers take a break in Norfolk, VA before the final sprint across the Atlantic back to the finish, in Bilbao in the spring of 2007.

Whatever they call it, it's one hell of an endurance push and well worth following. Stay tuned!

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