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30 April 2007, 10:43 pm
STAMM Finishes In Bilbao To Defend Title
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VELUX 5 OCEANS 2006-2007
Bilbao, Spain

Swiss solo sailing legend Bernard STAMM has crossed the finish line of the VELUX 5 OCEANS in Bilbao, Spain at 17:13:25 local time (15:13:25 UTC). The defending champion completed the third and final leg of the VELUX 5 OCEANS onboard Cheminees Poujoulat after a transatlantic sprint that started in Norfolk, USA 11 days, 23 hours and 53 minutes ago.
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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.

About The Race

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.

For a complete list of all the news about the VELUX 5 OCEANS 2006-2007 CLICK HERE.

Justine Ozoux (As Amended by ISAF), Image, Bernard STAMM celebrates victory in Bilbao:© ThMartinez/www.thmartinez.com
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