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Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz reach Wellington in second position

3 February, 2009

The “Cabo de Hornos,” sponsored by SK Bergé, reached the port of Wellington after sailing 12,500 kms. in 32 days.

Chileans Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz, the crewmembers of the Chilean team sponsored by SK Bergé, have reached New Zealand, improving their classification and the shortening the distance between themselves and the boat in first place, Boris Herrmann’s Beluga Racer.

Thanks to the letter sent by Felipe Cubillos when he reached New Zealand, we can discover the true feelings of these magnificent sailors:

ON HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS

Hello everyone,

My daughter Sofia sent me a wonderful e-mail a few hours ago called “from a proud daughter” and after reading it, I decided to take some time to think while looking up at the beautiful sky over the Cook Strait in New Zealand; unfortunately, we already know we were not able to win this second leg of the Global Ocean Race.  The Germans are only one hour away and we are five hours away.

Once again, our applause and congratulations go out to Boris and Felix for a wonderful race!!!

But there is something strange going on, and strangely enough, I am neither frustrated nor bitter. Mind you, those you know me know that I am not a conformist, but when you know you given everything you’ve got, the end result is not important because, at the end of the day, you are at peace with yourself.

We now we’ve done all we can. We sailed in the worst seas in the world, fighting and struggling with all our might, changing the sails when necessary, getting wet, cold, thirsty, very thirsty, scared and tired and every day we would wake up frustrated but we never gave in, and if we still couldn’t make it, then that’s fine.

And that’s fine because inner peace is, I think, not only your destiny or your goal; it’s much more than that. It’s a long and winding road that we choose and build.

And at the end of the day, perhaps, we shouldn’t be striving for success (that’s what I told my daughter Sofia in response to her e-mail), but for happiness.

Striving for success does not guarantee happiness, but striving for happiness does lead to success, I told her.

Perhaps the most important thing we learned during this voyage is that limits don’t exist. They are mere barriers we put up against ourselves, for whatever reason, maybe to protect ourselves. Thanks to my experience, I can assure you we can do much more than we imagine.

We will continue to fight during each leg of the race because this regatta is nothing more than a metaphor of life itself (like a close friend once told me), an open book about how two men unite in search of a dream, not an easy or simple dream, but just the opposite, the great dream, the impossible dream that’s in each and every one of us.

We’ve received hundreds, perhaps thousands, of beautiful e-mails during our journey, but one stands out in my mind, perhaps because of its simplicity. It said, Thank you…

Do you understand what I’m trying to say? He was thanking us… and if just one person on this planet thanks us for showing them that you must pursue your dreams, at any cost, then everything makes sense…

I have often been asked why I do what I do, sacrificing everything for an ocean race around the world and I had never imagined that what I do could affect someone like that, enough for them to thank you.

We live in a wonderful planet (full of whales, in fact) and we thank you and our sponsors for joining us on this adventure that is no longer a two-man journey, you are also with us, and we sail together each day on board the Colorina, some of you from your homes or offices, others getting wet on board this beautiful boat.

Now we are getting ready for the third and most difficult part of the race, sailing around Cape Horn.  We’ll meet again on February 21.

Felipe