Emotional seventh place finish for Spirit of Hungary
News APR 21, 2015 01:19

Emotional seventh place finish for Spirit of Hungary

Nandor Fa (HUN) and Conrad Colman (NZL) crossed the finish line of the Barcelona World Race this Monday20th April at 22:59:40 hrs UTC (00:59:40 Tues 21st CET) to complete their race in seventh place and effectively close the course for this third edition of the double-handed non-stop around the world race.
Respectively the oldest and youngest skippers in the eight boat field which left Barcelona on 31st December 2014, Hungarian Fa, 61, and New Zealander Colman, 31, took 110 days, 10hrs, 59 mins secs to complete the 23 321 miles at an average speed of 8.8 kts for the theoretical course which passes all three Great Capes: Good Hope, Leeuwin and Cape Horn and for the first time did not pass between North and South Islands, New Zealand.

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Why?
Emails from the boats APR 20, 2015 10:36

Why?

Last day at sea!
Less than 100 miles to go!

I frequently get asked why I do this kind race when I know that I will be wet, cold and uncomfortable in advance? While there is no more impressive race course than “around the world” the motivation is not to circumnavigate the globe. That was done in 1522 by Magellan’s three year expedition and can now be done in 48 hours by anyone with a credit card and a stomach for airplane food. Is it then pointless to go all that way just to end up in the same place? No, that would be like saying that Lewis Hamilton just drives around in circles on Sunday afternoons!

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