40 Degrees completes the podium for the TJV

Hannah Jenner (GBR) and Jesse Naimark-Rowse (USA) on the Owen Clarke Design ‘40 Degrees’ crossed the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre race from Le Havre to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica this Friday 25 November at 18 h 22 mn 14 s, UTC/GMT taking the third and final place on the podium. Their elapsed time for the 4730 miles theoretical course is 23 days 04 h 22m 14s at an average speed of 8.50 kts. Their course actually sailed is measured at 5264 miles at an average speed of 9.46kts.

What makes this pairs’ race remarkable is that they only knew they were doing the event seven days prior to the official start date. They had sailed only the minimum qualification miles together and had only met each other a month prior to the official start when Jesse was called in to review the set up of the boat.

For Hannah Jenner the ups and downs of getting to the start of any short-handed races this year was a story in itself, with her hopes of entering the Global Ocean Race dashed due to the lack of final funding. Left to pick up the pieces of the campaign and reaching an agreement with Peter Harding the owner of 40 Degrees Hannah’s indomitable spirit has shone through and proved the old adage of ‘no guts no glory’ The Anglo-American pairing made a steady start to the race which started on Wednesday 2nd November after a three day delay due to predicted exceptionally stormy conditions which they would have hit in the Western Approaches. Off the Bay of Biscay they were lying sixth in the sixteen strong fleet and at the time of passing north of the Azores in fifth. On November 8th they headed on a northerly option, delivering the strategy they had agreed on before leaving Le Havre.

The Norwegians Rune Aasberg and Simen Lovgren on the Owen Clarke Design, Express 40 ‘Solo’ were consistently on their heels and the only other competitors to tackle the potentially harder, weather wise, northerly route. Solo was the next Class 40 due to arrive, being only around 70 miles behind.

Jesse Naimark-Rowse

“ We are tired and wet, but so happy. I hoped for a podium finish but would never say it out loud. We both had thoughts we could do very, very well in the race, but given the short notice and the preparation we had, then I think this is good.”

Hannah Jenner

“We are completely stoked. At the start of the race we had joked around about where we might come and the top half of the fleet was our best hope and we briefly mentioned the podium but just thought that was too much of an ask, so it is quite surreal but we are so happy.”

Jesse Naimark-Rowse

“Hey Guys, 40 Degrees served us very well and I just wanted to say thank you to you both on doing such a good job on her. There aren't many boats that will have come through this race as unscathed as us and it was really comforting to have such a safe, fast and reliable boat under us for the last three weeks. I hope to continue racing her in the future and that regardless she gets a few more podium finishes under her belt.  Cheers, Jesse”

For now we will leave the sailors to sink some beers and find their land legs once more…………………….

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