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American Joe Harris and Roger Junet are taking part in the Globe40, a double-handed round-the-world race in several stages in Class40. The second leg began on July 17, taking the five-boat fleet along the 7000nm course from the Cape Verde Islands to Mauritius, with the duo on GryphonSolo2 finishing on August 26. Here is his incoming update:

(August 28, 2022) – Well… we have finally arrived in Mauritius! Almost 40 days from Cape Verde. It was a training session. About as varied a set of conditions as possible. The last 700 miles were either hard on the wind or tight in ever changing wind and sea conditions. Sometimes the banging reminded us of our delivery from Portland to Lorient where we had almost lost our minds.

But we were finally rewarded with a nice sail once we saw the volcanic peaks of the southern tip of Mauritius and sailed all day in beautiful conditions until we arrived in Port Louis. The race management team carrying family and friends from GS2 came to meet us with the photo boat, so we were accompanied for the last two hours before a sunset finish. Very satisfaying !

And when we got to the dock, my wife Kim, my son Emmett, and my daughter Sophie were all there and all of our fellow co-skippers from the other four boats, so we had a little party at the dock with lots of high- fiving and cuddling.

After dinner and many drinks, we crashed into a hotel near the boat and slept in a bed that didn’t move for the first time in 40 days. Blessed. Yesterday we got up late and had a huge brunch and got to work cleaning the boat with a crew of six who did an amazing job of removing all the wet gear, drying in the scorching sun, carefully cleaning and reloading the boat before we headed to a hotel by the sea. Impressive efficiency!

So now we are decompressing and cooling strongly for a week. We plan to explore and hike all over this amazing island and then return on 5th September to prepare the boat for the 9/11 departure of Leg 3 from Mauritius to Auckland, NZL – another very long trip .

So, thank you to everyone who follows me and I hope these last days of August will be relaxing for everyone. If you want to chat, just reply to this email and I’ll get back to you ashore.

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Results of the second stage:

Results of the first stage:

The inaugural Globe40 is an eight-stage round-the-world race for double-handed Class40 teams. As all steps count towards the cumulative score, longer distances are weighted more heavily. The first stage, which lasted seven to eight days, had a coefficient 1 while the second stage is classified as a coefficient 3 stage. the starting line for stage 1 eliminated The Globe En Solidaire with Eric and Léo Grosclaude (FRA) while the Moroccan team of Simon and Omar Bensenddik on IBN BATTOUTA retired before the start of stage 2.

Tangier, Morocco – June 26

Departure of stage 2: Sao Vincente, Cape Verde Islands – July 17
Departure of stage 3: Port Louis, Mauritius – September 11
Departure of stage 4: Auckland, New Zealand
Departure of stage 5: Papeete, French Polynesia
Start of stage 6: Ushuaia, Argentina
Departure of stage 7: Recife, Brazil
Start of stage 8: St Georges, Grenada

Lorient, France

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