Thousands watch as round-the-world-race crews celebrate

Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth was the scene of a spectacular party last night – the crew party for the 200 men and women who were celebrating the completion of their around the world adventure, The Global Challenge 2004/5.

There were mixed emotions for the crew with many feeling slightly lost now the whole adventure is over whilst others were over the moon and delighted to be back on dry land raring to get on with the next challenge, the race having inspired them on.

The overall third prize was given to BP Explorer who went up to the stage to the sound of their team song. The Prize for Second Place Overall for Global Challenge was awarded to Barclays Adventurer.

Sir Chay Blyth then presented Andy Forbes, winning skipper of BG Spirit, with two return Upper Class tickets to the USA, sponsored by Virgin Atlantic.