Artemis-Team Endeavour And Varuna Finish Round Britain And Ireland Race
Published: Monday, 18 August 2014
Artemis-Team Endeavour, the IMOCA 60 skippered by Brian Thompson, crossed the finish line of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race off the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes at 23:00:54 BST on Aug 16 with an elapsed time of 5 days, 14 hours, 0 minutes and 54 seconds. This is a new World Record for Monohulls 60 feet and less (subject to ratification by the WSSRC).
Artemis-Team Endeavour enjoyed an epic battle with Andrew Budgen and Fred Schwyn's Volvo 70, Monster Project for IRC Line Honours and the Canting Keel Class. Artemis-Team Endeavour crossed the line just over one hour and 20 minutes ahead of Monster Project to win the class on corrected time and set the benchmark for the IRC fleet to try and better.
“It feels good to break the record,” says Thompson. “We had a great crew, great boat and good competition the whole way round. The stand out leg for us was after St. Kilda. We put the spinnaker up for the first time and we were sailing hot angles, surfing down waves. We had lots of good drivers on board so we kept the boat flying along all the time.”
Jens Kellinghusen’s Ker 51 Varuna crossed the finish line at 12:10:32 BST on Aug 17. Varuna is now in first place in IRC overall, with a number of yachts still to finish.
“If we have won this race, it makes me very happy for the crew as they have worked incredibly hard,” says Kellinghusen.
The fleet of seven yachts still racing north of the Scottish mainland experienced big seas and occasional gale force winds. Jankees Lampe's Open 40, La Promesse has made it safely to Stornaway having suspended racing for sail repairs. The brutal weather conditions are expected to ease once the fleet pass Blackrock to the north west of Ireland. At 0930 BST, Katrin Hilbert's Hapsa Hamburg was past Blackrock. Carol Smolawa's Bank von Bremen and Roderick Knowles' Swish were approaching Blackrock and heading towards easier conditions.
(photos courtesy of Patrick Eden / RORC)