The challenge started on 22 October 2006 when the fleet left Bilbao. Six month later and after 159 days, 12 hours and 42 minutes at sea, KNOX-JOHNSTON's result marks an extraordinary achievement. First man to ever complete a solo circumnavigation in 1969, KNOX-JOHNSTON, now 68, sails into the history books after completing this historic solo voyage.
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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