POLISH solo sailor Zbigniew Gutkowski has taken second place in ocean sprint two of the VELUX 5 OCEANS solo round the world race. The 36-year-old skipper from Gdansk crossed the finish line in Wellington, New Zealand, on his Eco yacht Operon Racing at 6.27am local time (5.27pm UTC).
Gutkowski, known as Gutek, arrived less than 24 hours behind leg winner Brad Van Liew. The second of five ocean sprints from Cape Town in South Africa to Wellington took Gutek 31 days, eight hours and 27 minutes to complete
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The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race. Run every 4 years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The race is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. The 30,000 route starts in La Rochelle France, goes on to Cape Town South Africa, Wellington New Zealand, Punta del Este Uruguay, Charleston USA before finishing back in La Rochelle France.