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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. Seven teams were at the start on June 26, with five teams now on the third leg from Mauritius to Auckland, New Zealand.
After leaving the Indian Ocean island nation on September 11, Harris files this report on board GriffonSolo2:
We are back at sea here on day 3, heading south to find westerly winds before heading east towards Australia. The stopover in Mauritius was great. My wife Kim, my son Emmett and my daughter Sophie all made the 24 hour trip from Boston and met us at the dock when we arrived which was lovely.
First we all cleaned the boat alongside my co-skipper Roger Junet and his girlfriend Hannah Morrill, then we set off to explore Mauritius!
After staying near the marina for a few days, we headed south to the town of Flic et Flac (we went there mainly for the name) and rented an Airbnb for four days, and finally we were a little relaxed and decompressed. Roger and I were pretty exhausted and exhausted and needed a break.
The apartment was right on the beach so we walked, swam and lay in the sun, ate a lot and drank a lot and generally completely relaxed. However, each day there were still boat issues to deal with in terms of sails, maintenance, repairs etc. but it was a really nice break after being offshore for 39 days (7 000 nautical miles from the Cape Verde Islands to Mauritius).
We also all needed to stretch our legs so we hiked for two days in the southern end of Mauritius where there is a very vertical volcanic mountain which we climbed with a guide which turned out proved extremely difficult.
It started with soft terrain, then halfway through it became more hand climbing and finally the last terrain to the top was really exposed and difficult climbing.
We all breathed a big sigh of relief when we got to the top and looked out over this sheltered bay where over 50 kite surfers buzzed like little insects on the shallow reef protected waters. If you want to learn to kite surf, Mauritius is the place for you. All in all a very nice break and respite from being at sea and wonderful to be back with my family.
When we got back to the boat in Port Louis my family went home and Roger, Hannah and I had six days to work on the boat to get her ready for this leg.
The masthead wind rod was replaced after it acted funky, we had our A2 kite repaired after its catastrophic tear and carefully looked at every aspect of the boat. We then went shopping for 35 days at sea and did a ‘parade of Sail’ with Mauritian guests on the Friday before the Sunday departure which was fun.
So now we’re back in the saddle, resuming the old routines of 3 hour watches, trimming and changing sails, sailing, fixing stuff, sleeping, eating and living on a boat 40 feet offshore. It’s not all joy, but the weather has been good so far, so we’re grateful.
We look forward to the challenge ahead of the Southern Ocean as we travel over 1,000 miles south before turning left and into strong prevailing westerly winds and seas from behind as we head south. is heading to Australia and finally to New Zealand.
To note: As the scoring format gives extra value to the longer legs, leg 3 is similar to leg 2 as it is worth a coefficient 3.
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