4 World Records Broken at Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
Last week, the World Record for the fastest time to sail around Britain and Ireland was broken by the crew of Musandam-Oman Sail during the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.
The crew’s MOD70 trimaran crossed the finish line outside the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes clocking an elapsed time of 3 days, 3 hours, 32 minutes, 36 seconds. The achievement has been recognised as both an Outright World Record for the Round Britain and Ireland course and the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race record.
Just one day later, the crowds at Cowes witnessed even more sailing records being broken. The second record was broken in the 1,800nm event by Azzam of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing on Friday as they became the first monohull to cross the line. Azzam’s sprint took 4 days, 13 hours, ten minutes and 23 seconds, knocking 1 day and 8 hours off the course record set by Groupama back in 2010. Azzam’s crew were tested to their limits thanks to strong downwind conditions and Skipper Ian Walker was forced to make bold tactical decisions in his first time competing in his first Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Breaking this record will act as a huge boost ahead of competing in the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race given that Groupama, the previous record holders, went on to win the 2010/11 Volvo Ocean Race.
A third World Record was broken at the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race on the Saturday also. The Women’s Monohull record was broken by Volvo Ocean 65 Team SCA with a time of 4 days, 21 hours, 00 minutes and 39 seconds. Back in 2009, Team Aviva set the record in an Open 60, but one day, 14 hours, 30 minutes and 14 seconds slower than Team SCA’s time. Team SCA was skippered by Sam Davies who was also present on the record setting Aviva vessel.
Yet another record was broken on Saturday in the Monohulls 60 feet and less category. The record breakers were Artemis – Team Endeavour who beat Safran’s 2011 record by 19 hours, 48 minutes and 16 seconds with a time of 5 days, 14 hours, 00 minutes and 54 seconds.
Day nine into the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race and just a handful of boats are still racing, hoping to finish within the next 24 hours.
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Article by Jack Bartrop