Sunday, 6 March 2011

VELUX5OCEANS: Photo Finish as Zbigniew Gutowski Beats Chris Stanmore-Major by 40 Seconds to Take Second Place in Sprint 3

Gutek's Operon Racing. Image copyright Ainhoa Sanchez/onEdition.

by Sarah Hames

After over 6,000 miles alone at sea, Zbigniew Gutkowski (POL) on Operon Racing and Chris ‘CSM’ Stanmore-Major (GBR) on Spartan finished the third ocean sprint of the VELUX 5 OCEANS within 40 seconds of one another

Spartan approaching the finish in Punta del Este. Image copyright Ainhoa Sanchez/onEdition.

Gutek took second place crossing the finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay, at 1640 local time (1840 UTC) with CSM taking third place at 16:40:40 local time (18:40:40 UTC)

Gutek completed the leg from Wellington in New Zealand to Punta del Este in 25 days, 17 hours and 10 minutes, he sailed 6,828 nautical miles at an average speed of 11.1 knots.. CSM did it in 25 days, 17 hours, 10 minutes and 40 seconds, sailing 6,767 nautical miles at an average speed of 11 knots.

Chris Stanmore-Major finishes third. Image copyright Ainhoa Sanchez/onEdition.

Canadian Skipper Derek Hatfield on Active House is expected to finish within the next hour.