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Jangada Doublehands To 2022 Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race Overall Title

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  • Jangada Doublehands To 2022 Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race Overall Title

    Thrilling Climax for Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race

    The Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race came to a thrilling climax on the 16th day of the 1,805 nautical mile race. In a 14-hour flurry, 10 boats finished the race and a passionate dock party on Trinity Landing was followed by a hearty meal at the RORC Clubhouse in Cowes. Five boats are still racing but none of them can realistically better the IRC corrected time scored by JPK 1010 Jangada. The Royal Ocean Racing Club has declared Richard Palmer’s JPK 1010 Jangada, racing Two-Handed with Rupert Holmes, as the overall winner of the 2022 Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race.

    In a dramatic final twist to an intense and highly complex race, the overall winner was decided by the thinnest of margins. After IRC time correction for 15 days of racing, Jangada won overall by seven minutes and nine seconds. Rob Craigie’s Sun Fast 3600 Bellino racing Two-Handed with Deb Fish was second. In percentage terms, Jangada won by just 0.03% in a race of 1,805 nautical miles. Sam White & Sam North racing JPK 1080 Mzungu! is ranked third overall, under two hours behind Jangada after IRC time correction. All three teams were racing in IRC Two-Handed.

    Richard Palmer’s JPK 1010 Jangada, racing Two-Handed with Rupert Holmes is the overall winner of the 2022 Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race.
    ? James Tomlinson/RORC

    Tquila first Class40 to finish Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race

    James McHugh’s Tquila is the first Class40 to complete the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Finishing on Saturday 20 August at 14:06:47 BST in an elapsed time of 13 days 2 hrs six mins and 47 secs. Tquila Crew: James McHugh, Brian Thompson, Alister Richardson.

    The team received a warm welcome and cold beer at Trinity Landing in Cowes before walking up to the RORC Cowes Clubhouse for the first solid meal in nearly two weeks. The team spoke dockside about the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race.

    “It was a fantastic race but very long,” commented James McHugh. “As we were passing Galway where my parents are from, a few boats had retired and the thought did cross my mind, but we carried on! It was a real change to see the scow bow boats pull out as it was interesting to match up against them to see how we would go against them. This is only my third Class40 race and it is a very different discipline to my Etchells sailing. Brian and Richard have been putting me through my paces to get up-to-speed. They are great sailors, really intuitive. It has been wonderful to do this race with them and work as a team. For me going around the Shetlands was something special; it is an incredible landscape.”

    Multihull specialist Alister Richardson is fairly new to Class40 racing although he did finish the 2021 Transat Jacques Vabre in 11th place with Brian Thompson in Tquila: “I love the short-handed format and there is extremely good competition. It is a great boat to sail and it’s not too expensive. It is different to the very high performance boats I sail, but this is good fun racing. Even in the really light weather it requires a lot of concentration because every little bit of breeze is just a gain, so you concentrate, day in day out and it is nearly more tiring than when it’s windy as it wears you out mentally.”

    The last time Brian Thompson did the race was setting the 60ft and under record on IMOCA 60 Artemis which completed the course in under six days.

    “This time we were only up to the West Coast of Ireland after five days,” commented Brian. “It was a very tactical race and we made a big gain after Muckle Flugga which was unexpected as we had blown up our fractional halyard and had to do the leg with a jib in a lot of wind, but we ended up in a better position and good through a high pressure ridge. I have never seen so little wind on this course, but it did keep the whole fleet really close. It was fantastic to see the Two-Handed teams in such a tight race. If I had a hat I would take it off to them, battling it out like a Figaro race. It is so impressive to see the talent in that fleet and the high level of racing.”

    Medallia Takes Line Honours – 20 boats round Muckle Flugga

    IMOCA Medallia, skippered by Pip Hare, took Line Honours in the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race in an elapsed time of 10 days 13 hours 23 minutes and 22 seconds. High pressure had dominated the early part of the race causing the Medallia team to take over seven days to get to Muckle Flugga. The second half of the course was much quicker with Medallia taking just over three days to finish the race in the early hours of Thursday 18 August. As Medallia crossed the finish line at the southern extremity of the course, the tenacious teams at the back of the fleet were rounding Muckle Flugga to the very north with near gale conditions. James McHugh’s Tquila is leading the Class40s, but fickle breeze, 350 miles from the finish line is making for tense decisions in the North Sea.

    IMOCA - Line Honours

    “It is not often I go into a race wanting to take line honours, but that really was a goal, so we are very happy,” commented Pip Hare. “We were gutted that Ollie Heer’s IMOCA had to pull out as it would have been a great competition. Medallia is a newer generation boat, but Ollie’s is more suited to light airs. We concentrated on trying to extend from the other boats in the race and get around the course as quickly as possible. I am really stoked to get line honours in a race around Britain and Ireland."

    "In the Vend?e Globe it is a big deal to race around Cape Horn, but the Shetland Islands is way further north than Cape Horn is south. I'm very, very proud to have my name against line honours in this edition of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. I have full admiration for everyone out there; this is a tough race for all of us, but the first cold beer when you cross the line makes it all worthwhile!” said a jubilant Pip.

    “Just a full-on race, absolutely no let-up; snakes and ladders all the way. The pressure was always on. Mentally this race was totally exhausting, but great fun with really close competition,” explained Jangada’s Richard Palmer. “The final 12 hours was incredible. As soon as Bellino crossed the line the clock started ticking and we had a goal to aim for. Our routing programme predicted we could reach that goal with two minutes to spare. I woke Rupert up and told him it was game on and we went for it.”

    “This race really is the pinnacle of offshore racing because it offers absolutely everything; close racing on the IRC ratings and the race track has plenty of headlands and tidal gates, all with weather systems that are constantly changing. This race just throws everything at you and it tests you to the limits,” continued Palmer.

    Rob Craigie and Deb Fish racing Sun Fast 3600 Bellino was second overall and commented about the close battles on the water with Sam White & Sam North racing JPK 1080 Mzungu!, which was third overall.

    “We knew from the start that there would be a strong class in IRC Two-Handed with boat-on-boat racing and that was a big reason for entering the race,” commented Deb Fish. “We could see Mzungu! for 95% of the race. In that situation, for every mile you are looking for that extra inch; you have to short tack to stay in pressure or out of bad tide. It was great racing but also stressful; an absolutely cracking race.”

    “It’s just about sailing the boat,” said Rob Craigie. “You have to get it going; tweak the sails, set up the instruments and also have fun and enjoy it. This race has been 1,800 miles of boat-on-boat racing at the highest level. All you can ever do is the best you can.”

    “The close racing with Bellino was so intense it just blew our minds; it was an intense battle,” commented Sam White of Mzungu! “We managed to get out in front, but with the wind shutting down so many times it was actually a disadvantage to be the leading double-handed boat. The teams behind could see us stall and they could then potentially avoid the wind hole. The level of competition was superb, with the pressure on all the time. After St Kilda we were pretty much in a match race with Bellino for a thousand miles. One of our biggest problems was that the autopilot malfunctioned after Muckle Flugga and we were days trying to fix it. Time that should have been spent resting was used to fix it. We were pleased to get the job done, going through that finish line, but I was a little disappointed that we didn’t take Line Honours for Double-Handed. As we came up the Solent to the finish we were bow-to-bow, but to have a race like that against Rob and Deb (Bellino) was incredible. We gave our all, there was nothing that we left out there. So, for Bellino to beat us is an outstanding effort too,” continued Mzungu’s Sam White.

    Marie Tabarly’s 73 foot ketch Pen Duick VI was the winner of IRC One ? James Tomlinson/RORC

    Marie Tabarly’s 73 foot ketch Pen Duick VI was the winner of IRC One. Pen Duick VI was the largest boat in the race. It was originally built for Eric Tabarly’s 1973 Whitbread Round the World Race. Fifty years on Marie Tabarly continues to sail Pen Duick VI with great plans for the future leading up to the Ocean Globe Race starting in the summer of 2023. Marie intends to compete Pen Duick VI in the 2023 RORC Transatlantic Race and the RORC Caribbean 600.

    “Usually this is a race with rough conditions, but this was a light air edition and not suited to a 49-year-old, 34 tonne boat, so it was difficult to keep the boat moving all the time. Winning our class was not in the plan, so it is a pleasant surprise, especially finishing with a win on my birthday!” commented Marie Tabarly dockside. The big picture is that we want to compete in the Ocean Globe Race which is a revival of the first Whitbread. We have to select and train the crew and we need to race a lot of miles. We also have sailors whose goal is to raise public awareness of the major environmental and societal issues of our time. Originally, we had 117 applicants and we need to select about 20 to sail around the world for eight months.”

    Five boats are still racing in the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race; Figaro 2 Esprit Scout, raced by Marc Dubos & Jean-Luc Schoch, Stuart Greenfield’s S&S 34 Morning After, Dirk Lahmann & Wilhelm Demel’s Peterson 43 Snifix Dry, Charlene Howard & Robert Drummond racing Sun Odyssey 45 AJ Wanderlust, and First 40.7 Polished Manx, raced by Kuba Szymanski & Adrian Kucmin.

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