August 2, 2009: After the finish of the inaugural Portimão Global Ocean Race, four of the competing yachts - which have proved capable of withstanding the Southern Ocean and a 33,000 mile circumnavigation - were immediately put on the market; Beluga Racer, Team Mowgli, Roaring Forty and Kazimir Partners.
With the increasing demand for Class 40 yachts, interest in the boats is high and the event’s overall double-handed winner, Beluga Racer of Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme, has already been sold and is now owned by Dutch solo sailor, Nico Budel, as a replacement for his Open 40 Hayai lost during Leg 2 of the Portimão Global Ocean Race when Budel was forced to abandon the boat after developing severe keel bulb failure.
A second Open 40 from the single-handed class in the race, Roaring Forty, is currently attracting international attention. Sailed in the Portimão Global Ocean Race by Belgian solo sailor, Michel Kleinjans, Roaring Forty from the Lutra Design Group was launched in 1997. The boat differs from the double-handed Class 40 yachts in the Portimão Global Ocean Race by using carbon fibre in the construction of the hull and deck as well as the mast, giving the yacht a potential weight and speed advantage. Throughout the race Kleinjans was often pacing the double-handed fleet.
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