Record Set For Round Britain And Ireland Race
Published: Friday, 15 August 2014
Sidney Gavignet and the crew of Musandam-Oman Sail, a MOD70 trimaran, crossed the finish line of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race off the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes, at 12:42:36 BST on Thursday Aug 14.
This is an elapsed time of 3 days, 3 hours, 32 minutes, 36 seconds and, subject to ratification by the World Speed Sailing Record Council, a new Outright World Record for the Round Britain and Ireland course and a new race record for the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.
It was almost unthinkable that a 70ft trimaran, with no ability to decide when to start, could defeat a 140ft trimaran that had decided exactly when to set off. However, a fantastic boat, a perfect performance and an extraordinary series of coincidences lined up to make the improbable a reality.
"I didn't think this was possible but we had exceptional conditions and a boat with amazing potential that was used properly,” says Skipper Sidney Gavignet. “I know this course well because I have the solo record for the Round Britain and Ireland. I like it; it is a great course, very challenging, and I am very thankful to Sevenstar and the RORC for organising this race. Loick Peyron was the record holder and he phoned me after we crossed the line to say congratulations. He is a gentleman and someone I really respect as a sailor and a person but I know he will want his record back.”
“We have been the only multihull this time but I hope all of the others will now think that they should have been here, maybe next time they will,” says Gavignet. “The Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland is a great event and very well managed and nothing needs to be changed, especially not the weather.”
(photos courtesy of Lloyd Images)