Vous êtes ici : Accueil » INT-SAIL » Offshore » Rolex Fastnet Race : Rambler 88 claims monohull line honours

#SAILING Cowes

Rolex Fastnet Race : Rambler 88 claims monohull line honours

D 9 août 2017     H 08:00     A Redaction SSS [Source RP]     > 309 visites     C 1

#RoyaumeUni | #IMOCA | #MaxiYachts | #VolvoOceanRace |

Toutes les versions de cet article : [English] [français]


agrandir
American George David’s Rambler 88 arrived in Plymouth to claim monohull line honours. The silver maxi crossed the finish line off Plymouth breakwater at 22:14:21 BST in a time of 2 days 9 hours 34 minutes and 21 seconds. This was more than six hours faster than they had managed in 2015 when they ghosted in just four minutes astern of Jim Clark’s 100ft maxi, Comanche. But it was considerably outside of the monohull race record Record #sailingrecord of 1 day 18 hours and 39 minutes, set in 2011 by the Ian Walker-skippered VO70, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.

"This was our fourth [Fastnet] race," said George David upon his arrival in Plymouth Yacht Haven. "We have had two that were fairly windy and one with no wind, two years ago, and this one with decent wind but a tough windward-leeward course. 360 miles upwind is a challenge and it is cold, but it is okay. We sailed well and we did a good race. We’ll see what happens."

For a lengthy period this morning Rambler 88 appeared set to achieve ’the double’ ie win both line honours and overall on handicap. However she has since been displaced from the top spot overall under IRC by the 115ft giant, Nikata and Ron O’Hanley’s Cookson 50 Privateer. "You can always hope, but you can never tell, especially when you have boats out there for three or four more days and the weather may change and tomorrow it’ll blow harder and they’ll come up behind us," observed David.

In 2011, the Rolex Fastnet Race nearly claimed David’s life when the keel broke off his 100ft maxi, causing the boat to capsize shortly after rounding the Fastnet rock. David and four others were washed away from their boat and it was only thanks to a near miraculous set of circumstances that they were rescued shortly before dusk. Passing the same area this time David said they had touched base with the Irish rescue services who had saved them six years ago.

"We called the Valentia MSRC, the search and rescue unit for Ireland and had a talk to them on the radio and the Baltimore RNLI. They knew we were there by looking on the tracker. We know those people very well having met them in the dire-est of circumstances. They are wonderful people and it was nice to connect with them."

Aside from the full upwind slog from the start to the Fastnet, there had been a few occasions when the race hadn’t gone their way. As David said : "We sailed into a lull on the way up to Ireland. People behind us could see us do that and went the other way. Then coming up the Channel, we went through two squalls with low to no wind, just heavy rain and we didn’t move very fast in those." However the park-ups were no way as severe as they had been in 2015.

For David the Rolex Fastnet Race remains a favourite. "We have done four since 2007, and that qualifies it as a favourite race [of ours] but next time would you please make it warmer !"

As usual Rambler 88 was bristling with America’s Cup America's Cup #AmericasCup and Volvo Ocean Race Volvo Ocean Race #VolvoOceanRace winners, including many former Team New Zealand and Alinghi crew. A new recruit this time was former Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Dean Barker, who sailed as watch leader. Although best known for his inshore racing, this is Barker’s third Rolex Fastnet Race having previously competed on a Mumm 36 and aboard Hasso Plattner’s maxi Morning Glory in 2001.

Barker said that their hopes of securing ’the double’ were quashed on the run back from the Scillies. "We felt it slipped away there. We hit a couple of rain squalls and the breeze completely shut down and we got parked up with lightning and all sorts. You know that the others are gobbling up that time." However he enjoyed racing on the powerful maxi. "It maintains really high speed and is really nice to sail. It definitely loads up and you can achieve some high average speeds. Downwind as long as there is some breeze it goes well, because you sail pressed up all the time. As soon as you get down to 8-9 knots it does suffer. And there’s a great bunch of guys on board."

Rambler 88’s navigator Andrew Cape felt this had been a ’classic’ Fastnet Race with the largely westerly conditions. Aside from the hurdles mentioned they also lost out to the boats behind which benefitted from a major right shift allowing them to lay the Fastnet Rock as they crossed the Celtic Sea. "The shift wasn’t there for us. We lost about 12 miles there."

- Track the fleet in the Rolex Fastnet Race : http://cf.yb.tl/fastnet2017
- Press info www.rolexfastnetrace.com


Portfolio



Dans la même rubrique

#rorcrc600

RORC Caribbean 600 : Phaedo3 take Multihull Line Honours

While the multihull race record Record #sailingrecord was not broken this year, Phaedo3 and Maserati had an incredible 600 mile high-speed duel. Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70, Phaedo3 finished the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 on Tuesday 21 February 2017 at 21 hrs 20 mins 46 secs AST, taking Multihull Line Honours.
Lire la suite →

Lanzarote to Grenada

RORC Transatlantic Race : Phaedo3 does it again in Grenada

Lloyd Thornburg’s American MOD70 Phaedo3 has taken Multihull Line Honours in the RORC Transatlantic Race for the second year running. The American MOD70 completed the course in 6 days 13 hours 39 minutes and 55 seconds. Although the team was outside their race record Record #sailingrecord set last year (5 days 22 hours 46 minutes 03 seconds), Phadeo3 is well ahead of their 2016 rivals, Giovanni Soldini’s Italian MOD70 Maserati, which is expected to finish the race on later night.
Lire la suite →

#TheTransat

The Transat bakerly 2016 sets sail on one of the greatest race courses of them all

The 25 boats in The Transat The Transat #thetransat #ostar bakerly 2016 fleet set sail today on one of the great races in solo sailing, the 3,050-nautical mile passage across the north Atlantic from Plymouth to New York.
Lire la suite →

#RSHYR

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race : Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s Comanche claimed line honours

Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s super maxi Comanche pulled off an incredible feat tonight, taking line honours in the 71st edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, winning the Illingsworth trophy and a Rolex Yacht Master II timepiece. This was the first time in 17 years that the most coveted title in offshore yacht racing has been won by an American team since Larry Ellison’s Sayonara won in 1998.
Lire la suite →

#TheTransat

The Transat 2016 : Loïck Peyron to take part onboard Pen Duick II

The 2016 edition of The Transat The Transat #thetransat #ostar , the 3,000-mile solo transatlantic classic from Plymouth in the UK to New York City, will feature some of the top names in world professional solo ocean racing.
Lire la suite →

A la une

#VolvoOceanRace

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 : MAPFRE completed Leg Zero victory

MAPFRE completed Leg Zero victory while Vestas 11th Hour Racing celebrated a first stage win in another sign of just how competitive this Volvo Ocean Race Volvo Ocean Race #VolvoOceanRace is shaping up to be (full story below)
Lire la suite →

Surfing

World Surf League : Julian Wilson (AUS) claimed victory at the Billabong Pro Tahiti

Julian Wilson (AUS) claimed victory today at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Stop No. 7 of 11 on the 2017 World Surf Surf #Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), after defeating Gabriel Medina (BRA) in the Final. A full day of competition witnessed intense action from the remaining competitors as they battled through 15 heats in six-to-seven foot (1.8 - 2 metre) surf Surf #Surf at Teahupo’o.
Lire la suite →

One Design

RC44 Championship : Team Nika has won the RC44 Marstrand World Championship

Team Nika has won the RC44 Marstrand World Championship after a dominant performance across the four days of competition. The final day delivered the strongest wind of the week in Sweden, with the north-westerly breeze blowing at 15 knots and with a big, lumpy seaway. Vladimir Prosikhin may not have won any races today but he steered Nika to a comfortable victory overall, earning back the trophy he last raised in 2015.
Lire la suite →

GC32

2017 Extreme Sailing Series : Oman Air moves top of leaderboard with Hamburg victory

Oman Air took its second Act victory in a row in a thrilling Hamburg finale, despite last minute pressure from SAP Extreme Sailing Team. The triumph sees the Omani syndicate move into pole position in the overall rankings.
Lire la suite →

Match-racing

World Match Racing Tour 2017 : Phil Robertson beat Sam Gilmour in the final of WMRT Match Cup Russia in St. Petersburg

After a week of ups and downs, a couple of bad hooks and a few close shaves, it was business as usual for the super smooth Phil Robertson and his CHINAone Ningbo team as they beat Sam Gilmour’s Neptune Racing team 3-0 in the final of WMRT Match Cup Russia in St. Petersburg on Sunday.
Lire la suite →

dimanche 20 août
  Visiteurs connectés : 36

accueil en français home page in english

seasailsurf

Partenaires


Evénements

Vidéos


Météo



SEASAILSURF Wear

SweatShirt capuche Stand-Up
"Stand Up & Ride" pour les SeaSailSurfer à paddle.
TShirt Bio Stand-Up
"Stand Up & Ride" pour les SeaSailSurfeuses à paddle.

Réseaux





Visit SeaSailSurf Editions's profile on Pinterest.