Courrier du Leon Wins 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race
Published: Monday, 24 August 2015
Géry Trentesaux’s JPK 10.80 Courrier du Leon from France has been confirmed as the overall winner of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race joining a long list of great names to have won the 603-nautical mile offshore race.
(Photo: Kurt Arrigo/Rolex/Courrier du Leon)
Trentesaux’s crew prevailed from a record 356-strong international fleet on the 90th anniversary of the race. The crew finished after three days, 22 hours and 32 minutes at sea.
At the final prizegiving held at the Rolex Fastnet Race village in Plymouth, the 56-year old Frenchman and his 6-strong crew received warm applause and admiration from their fellow competitors when claiming the Fastnet Challenge Trophy and coveted Rolex timepiece as overall winner of the race on IRC handicap.
(Photo: Kurt Arrigo/Rolex/Gery Trentesaux)
Courrier du Leon becomes the sixth French yacht to win the Rolex Fastnet following Pen Duick III in 1967, Mordicus in 1981, Whirlpool-Europe 2 in 1999, Iromiguy in 2005 and Night and Day in 2013.
After establishing themselves as leader on IRC handicap, Courrier du Leon had to wait until Friday morning to discover if any of their rivals still on the course where able to register a faster corrected time.
(Photo: Kurt Arrigo/Rolex)
“It is incredible to win this race. Our main objective was to win Class 3,” says Trentesaux. “I’ve tried to imagine and compare how it feels. It is like winning the 24 Heures du Mans. It is a mythic race, probably the most famous race in the world. For the crew it is incredible. I’ve had the same crew for 20 years, some were nearly babies back then.”
Courrier du Leon made a poor start to the race, crossing the start line off Cowes too early and losing over 40 minutes restarting.
(Photo: Daniel Forster/Rolex/Commanche)
Monohull line honours was claimed by American Jim Clark’s 100ft Maxi Comanche, arriving in Plymouth with an elapsed time of two days, 15 hours, 42 minutes and 26 seconds. A time which was 21 hours off the existing race record but a proud achievement considering the level of competition she faced from the fleets other Maxi yachts and notably George David’s 88ft Rambler which finished a mere four minutes behind.
Multihull line honours was claimed late on Tuesday evening by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard’s 131ft trimaran Spindrift 2.