Shetland Round Britain and Ireland- and the winner is?

Rune Aasberg and his Class 40 'Solo', Owen Clarke designed Express 40, winner of the 2010 Two Handed Round Britain and Ireland Race
Rune Aasberg and his Class 40 'Solo', Owen Clarke designed Express 40, winner of the 2010 Two Handed Round Britain and Ireland Race

Alex Bennett and Malcolm Dickinson aboard Fujifilm
Alex Bennett and Malcolm Dickinson aboard Fujifilm

In what can only be described as probably the most frustrating yet challenging fight to  the finish for the leading Class 40’s in this hard fought battle the final positions have only been decided in the last miles off the South Devon Coast.

Allen Clarke reported from the headland popularly referred to by Halvard Mabire recently on another Owen Clarke Design Class 40 ’40 Degrees’ during the Normandy Channel race as ‘Stop Point’

‘Four Class 40’s within two miles of Start Point at 0530 am BST, ‘Fujifilm’ and ‘Sunguard’ had sailed well into the bay of Lannacombe between Start and Prawle points, whilst ‘Solo’ and ‘Phesheya’ were further out with a little more breeze but punching more tide. We could see feverish activity on both ‘Fujifilm’ and ‘Sunguard’ as they tried in vain to keep the boats moving in the fickle breezes.’

The lead has changed so often in the final hours of this race we have lost count and could no longer see a strong contender for that coveted top of the podium or indeed any other finish positions.  

But now the waiting is over for those managing the finish gate at the Royal Western Yacht Club

Solo 1st

Sungard 2nd

Fujifilm 3rd

A thrilling end to a challenging event and one we are  sure will be remembered by these front running competitors for a long time to come.  We can only congratulate all the competitors of this event for providing such a wonderful action packed race, but especially we thank the crews of the Owen Clarke Design Class 40’s: Rune Aasberg & Arild Schei, Solo. Stuart Dodd & Ian Marshall, Livewire. Alex Bennett & Malcolm Dickinson, Fujifilm. Andrew Dawson & Jon McColl, Spliff. Andrew Magrath & David Pugh, Roaring Forty.

Fantastic.

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