By finishing and taking first place in the last leg, STAMM confirms his dominant victory in the VELUX 5 OCEANS race, for the second time of his career. The challenge started on 22 of October 2006 when the Swiss skipper left Bilbao with the race of the fleet. Six month later and after 103 days, 22 hours and 10 minutes at sea, STAMM's victory marks an historic achievement, with a monumental lead of more than 14 days on the overall ranking over second place Kojiro SHIRAISHI.
SHIRAISHI crossed the finish line at 17:56:45 local time (15:56:45 UTC), just 43 minutes after STAMM. By finishing and taking second place in the last leg, SHIRAISHI confirms his second place overall and he becomes the first Japanese skipper to complete the VELUX 5 OCEANS onboard an Open 60.
The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the longest race for any individual in any sport. Over the first few days, the fleet will make their way along the northern coast of Spain to Cape Finistère where they will turn south towards the Southern Ocean. However, all of the skippers know that this race is a marathon and not a sprint. During the 30,000 miles sailed in the VELUX 5 OCEANS race, the yachts will encounter some of the most extreme sea and weather conditions on the planet.
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