Artemis wins Round Britain Race

Tuesday, 15 August 2006
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Artemis wins Round Britain Race Barring disaster, Artemis is the winner of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race this morning. At eleven o’clock on Monday evening the Owen Clarke designed Open 60 was five miles from the finish, almost two hundred miles ahead of another Open 60, Solune, in second place.

In the first half of the race, leading from the start Artemis, showed the same kind of upwind pace that won her a third place in the 2004 Transat when skippered by Mike Sanderson. Once on the way back down the east coast and now with a following breeze she rapidly extended her winning margin and their no longer looked liked another boat in the race for line honours. Navigator on this outing was Will Oxley and was skippered by Johnny Malbon, stepping in for Brian Thompson who had to stand down at the last minute. Brian and Will raced the two-handed Transat Jacques Vabres last year on the Owen-Clarke/Rob Humphreys designed Skandia (ex Kingfisher).

On October 29th, Artemis and Brian Thompson will team up again when they set off from St Malo to Guadelope on the French single-handed classic, the Route de Rhum. Artemis was built in 2002 by Southern Ocean Marine, for Graham Dalton and was at the time called Hexagon. Purchased in 2003 for Emma Richards to race and renamed Pindar she retired from Transat Jacques Vabres race that year when she had a complete failure of her pilot systems.

Refitted over the winter and optimised for the upwind conditions expected in the 2004 Transat race she exited the shed with same daggerboard and mast head rig configuration as Owen Clarke’s, then latest Open 60, Ecover. Carrying more righting moment from a central tank arrangement first trialed on Kingfisher, Ecover and Pindar were first and second in the closing stages of the 2004 Transat. A race that Ecover eventually won and Owen Clarke boats came in first, second and fourth in class 1, as well as winning class 2.

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