The Swiss skipper, who has sailed an exceptional race and looks guaranteed to retain his title in this classic event, continues to lead the fleet towards the end of their dramatic circumnavigation of the planet following the start of leg 3 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA on 18 April.
STAMM will be met by hundreds of friends, family, sponsors and media, and will be cheered on by the expectant people of Bilbao, celebrating a public holiday on Monday. Quotes, photographs and TV images will be available following the arrival.
Second place Kojiro SHIRAISHI (JPN) is only 81 miles behind STAMM and is expected to follow the skipper into Bilbao on Monday evening.
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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