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Dutch duo on Sec. Hayai take fourth in the Global Ocean Race
by Oliver Dewar
10 June 2012
At 21:54:44 GMT (23:54:44 local) on Sunday, the fourth and final double-handed, Global Ocean Race (GOR) Class40, Sec. Hayai, crossed the finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne, France, with the Dutch father-and-son duo of Nico and Frans Budel taking fourth place in Leg 5 and fourth place overall.
Arriving off Les Sables d'Olonne after 22 days 08 hours 24 minutes and 44 seconds of racing from Charleston, USA, the Dutch duo were quick to light an orange smoke flare in celebration as they passed between the GOR's Committee Boat and the Nouch Sud buoy, swiftly snuffed their spinnaker and turned into the channel leading to Port Olona and a large and happy reception committee made up of the Budel-family waiting on the Vendée Globe pontoon.
As his children swarmed over the moored Class40, Frans Budel described Leg 5: “The whole leg was a little bit tough going from one gale to the next, but we enjoyed it,” confirms the Dutch co-skipper. “But sometimes we had a lot of windless areas, so it was a big challenge,” he adds. “This was my first Atlantic crossing and I never believed I would do it and it's an immense feeling to be here.”
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