SUNRISE WINS ROLEX FASTNET RACE VICTORY FOR 2021 – Island Echo
Tom Kneen’s JPK 11.80 Sunrise was crowned winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2021.
After being confirmed as the lightning winner of the IRC 2 division, no other boat racing the 695 nautical mile course was able to catch the British boat for top honors in the overall standings of this 49th edition of the offshore classic of the Royal Ocean Racing Club. Kneen is the first British winner of the race since Charles Dunstone and his maxi Nokia Enigma in 2003.
Sunrise struggled early in the race, still out of step with the tide between Cowes and Land’s End. However, a courageous decision to bypass the east side of the traffic separation scheme at Land’s End was the crew’s first big break and from that point on a good decision escalated onto the next, placing them in a unique position to stay right in front of an area of high pressure.
Overall 2nd in the race was INO xxx owned by RORC Commodore James Neville. This boat also took first place in IRC 1.
The Multihull Line Honors returned to Maxi Edmond De Rothschild on Monday. Other multihulls have finished, including “Argo” with island sailor Brian Thompson on board who finished at 3:22 pm BST on Tuesday. Argo was the leader on the water of the MOCRA class and of the MOD 70 trimaran of the American Jason Carroll.
Brian Thompson said:
“The start at 27 knots was spectacular, but everyone got off to a good start on port tack and were safe, which was good. It was pretty bumpy there and some great races. We’ve been with Maserati for a very long time, all day. It was sad to see them retire.
Brian said Argo’s rounding of Fastnet Rock was the best of his many rounds, both in this race, in other races, and in his record attempts.
“It was such a clear sky and a pleasant 10 knot breeze. The sun was shining, it was hot: it was Mediterranean navigation on the south coast of Ireland.
Argo was the first boat in the fleet to take the longest route around the Nord des Casquets TSS en route to the Cherbourg finish line.
Tuesday August 10, the first monohull arrived. The largest boat in the fleet, Skorpios finished the race at 20:13 BST.
In IRC 0 class, Tala finished on August 11 at 4:42 p.m. BST. On board Tala were 2 crew members based in Cowes – Robbie Southwell and Brett Aarons.
The winner of IRC 3 was the French boat Leon. This boat also won the 2-man race, in which Cowes-based Shirley Robertson and Swell-based Henry Bomby were placed 2nd. They made an overnight finish in Cherbourg on August 13 at 3:47 BST, just a few minutes after the Singles (IRC 1) with which they seemed to have struggled throughout the race.
Allegra won the MOCRA class and Apivia won the IMOCA 60 title.
Full results can be viewed on the Rolex Fastnet Race website.