It’s the middle of November and it’s 30 degrees outside which can only mean one thing – the VELUX 5 OCEANS team have decamped to the Southern Hemisphere! We’re now fully set up in Cape Town, South Africa, awaiting the arrival of the skippers after a month alone at sea. Brad won the 7,400-mile leg on Saturday after a painful approach to the finish line which saw him totally becalmed, sails flapping, about eight nautical miles out. A few of us went out on a chase boat to welcome Brad in and found him slumped over a winch, fists pounding the deck, wailing “Life’s not fair!”

Brad flapping around off Cape Town

After all that time at sea with no company, no decent food, no shower, no change of clothes, it’s no wonder Brad was frustrated. Thankfully the wind finally filled in and at 5.51pm local time he crossed the line to claim the victory. Today we’re gearing up for Gutek’s arrival. It’s looking likely to be a night-time arrival which could make for some brilliant pictures with Cape Town lit up in the background.

Anyway, in other news we’ve got a new look in the VELUX 5 OCEANS offices – the moustache is back. The reason for the very dodgy 1970s porn king look is not just for fun, although I’m sure you will all agree we look pretty damn good. This month is not November, it’s actually Mo-vember, the month of the moustache. All around the world men grow their ‘taches to raise awareness of and funds for prostate and testicular cancer. Of course it’s also look stupidly cool too without too much come-back. Let’s face it guys, we’ve all wanted to grow a moustache but never been allowed. Now is that time! Check out these pics of the team…

Me hard at work, moustache on show

So the rules are simple: start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. There is a serious side to Movember though, and the moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, so we’re doing our bit to raise much needed funds for the Prostate Cancer Charity. So, if you want to donate to Movember go to or

Crisis planning! Calling Brad with communications director Tim Kelly

All for now!


PS. Yet again I promise to write more often… sorry!

PPS. Thanks to the amazing photographic talents of Anna-Helene Kirk and Ainhoa Sanchez for the pics

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