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The goodbye's are the hardest part

11 October, 2008
Team Mowgli supporters at Portimão
It was an emotional scene on the docks in Portimão as the ten sailors in the inaugural Portimão Global Ocean Race said their goodbyes. The African writer Isak Dinesen said it best: The cure for everything is salt; sweat, tears and the sea. There has been a lot of sweat spent to get to this point. The tears were certainly in evidence as children hugged fathers and wives and girlfriends put on brave faces. Now all that remains for the sailors is the sea.

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Evening festivities

10 October, 2008
The race skippers meet city officials - Ingrid Abery - www.hotcapers.com
On the evening of Friday 10th October, the six teams competing in the Portimão Global Ocean Race left their boats on the pre-race pontoons, swapped shorts and T-shirts for more formal wear and headed into the ancient centre of Portimão for a reception hosted by the city’s mayor, Manuel da Luz. The mayor welcomed the international sailors to Portimão and wished them fair winds for the forthcoming 6,000mile Leg 1 from Portimão to Cape Town, South Africa.

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Local Portimão school children visit the fleet

09 October, 2008
Felipe Cubillos talks to local Portimão school children - Ingrid Abery www.hotcapers.com
On the main pontoon in the Marina de Portimão, the South African brothers, Lenjohn and Peter van der Wel continue to prepare their Class 40, Kazimir Partners, and despite a heavy workload, they invited students on board for a tour as part of the Portimão Global Ocean Race Education Programme involving six schools from the host city.

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Name change for Ocean Warrior

09 October, 2008
New name for Ocean Warrior - Kazimir Partners - Ingrid Abery www.hotcapers.com
With just two days until the start of the Portimão Global Ocean Race, the South African brothers, Lenjohn and Peter Van Der Wel have re-christened their Class 40 racing yacht KAZIMIR PARTNERS after receiving overwhelming support from the Russian mutual fund company.

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The skippers get briefed

09 October, 2008
Skippers briefing - Ingrid Abery www.hotcapers.com
Early on Friday morning, the six teams entered in the Portimão Global Ocean Race met for the event’s vital Skippers Briefing. The timing was understandable: with just over 48 hours to the start of Leg 1 at 1300 on Sunday, all the teams are keen to finish preparations to their boats and fit in a final test sail. So, the 0800 time slot allowed the skippers a maximum amount of daylight to complete any tasks lurking on their job list.

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A day and a half to go

09 October, 2008
Hayai out sail training - Ingrid Abery - www.hotcapers.com
The 48 hour, pre-start barrier for the Portimão Global Ocean Race fell at 1300 today. Surprisingly warm blasts of 24 knots north-easterly breeze are currently blowing through the Marina de Portimão as the six teams finalise preparations for Leg 1 of the 30,000 mile circumnavigation.

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Press call in Portimão

08 October, 2008
Race skippers all in the same place for the first time.
In the late morning of Wednesday 8th October, the six teams entered in the Portimão Global Ocean Race took a short break from pre-race preparations in the host city’s Marina de Portimão for a formal press conference in the Media Centre of the waterfront Tivoli Marina Portimão Hotel near the famous Praia de Rochas beach.

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Stomach butterflies starting to swarm

06 October, 2008
Sailmakers hard at work
With less that a week to go until the start of the inaugural Portimão Global Ocean Race the dockside activity is getting more frantic and, for sure, the stomach butterflies are starting to swarm. A solo or double-handed race around the world is no small undertaking and that reality is coming into clear view as the days tick steadily toward the October 12 start.

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Skipper Welcome lunch

01 October, 2008
Josh Hall welcomes the sailors to Portimão
The restaurant at the Tivoli Marina Portimão is probably one of the loveliest places for lunch on the whole Algarve coast of Portugal. It looks out over the Arade Rive and beyond to Castelo Arade, the 17th century fort built to defend the estuary long before Portimão existed.

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Transition Time

29 September, 2008
Double-handed, around the world.
It’s often a question of being careful what you wish for. Two short years ago the idea of a new around-the-world yacht race was just that - an idea. Josh Hall and myself were convinced that the sailing calendar needed an affordable, achievable global sailing race to fill in where other established events, the Volvo, Velux and Vendée, had moved on from.

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Top yachtsman joins Team Mowgli

28 September, 2008
Co-skippers Jeremy Salvesen and Dave Thomson
British yachtsman, David Thomson, has joined Team Mowgli as co-skipper for the Portimão Global Ocean Race which sets sail from Portimão, Portugal on October 12. Thomson will replace Victoria Sanders-Perrin who has given up her berth on board the Class 40 yacht for personal reasons.

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One Month to the Start

15 September, 2008
New sails have arrived for Desafio Cabo de Hornos.
With just one month to go to the start of the Portimão Global Ocean Race things are starting to get a bit hectic for race officials and competitors alike. The first boat has arrived in Portimão well in advance of the mandated arrival date of September 30.

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Life begins at 69

05 September, 2008
Dutch sailor Nico Budel will be the oldest sailor in the Portimão Global Ocean Race
Just when most people would be thinking about kicking back and easing into a more gentle way of life after a long and hard career, Dutch sailor Nico Budel is planning on fulfilling his lifelong dream of sailing alone around the world. Budel, the oldest sailor in the Portimão Global Ocean Race, will be 69 when the start gun fires on October 12, but to him age is just a number.

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Mowgli Qualified

04 September, 2008
The UK duo of Sanders-Perrin and Salvesen complete their qualifier.
Wet, exhausted, but exhilarated at having taken on a challenge and prevailed. Those were the emotions running through Victoria Sanders-Perrin and Jeremy Salvesen when they finally made it back to land after 10 tough days out on the open ocean. Sanders-Perrin and Salvesen had just completed their mandatory 2,000 mile qualifying sail for the Portimão Global Ocean Race and jumped the last big hurdle standing between them and the start line in October.

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Felipe Cubillos enters the fray

20 August, 2008
Chilean sailor Felipe Cubillos announces his doublehanded entry in the Portimão Global Ocean Race
The waters off the coast of Chile are a good proving ground for an around-the-world race and now one of Chile’s favorite sons, Felipe Cubillos, is getting ready to put the experience gained along that rugged shoreline to good use.