It was back in 1994 that the small but perfectly formed pocket rocket, Sticky Fingers – the first ever Whitbread 30 to be built, smashed the first leg of the Round Britain race by over 11hrs, a record previously held by Ocean Leopard . She was the smallest boat in the fleet and gained line honours on every leg thanks to legends such as Mark Turner, Neal Macdonald, Timmy Haynes and Jez Fanstone joining Simon for what amounted to nothing short of a joy ride! All speak very fondly of the experience.
20 years on and we are now proud to have been the designers of two out of the five new World Record smashing boats who were taking part in the recent RORC Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.
RYD would like to congratulate all the crew of the Open 60 Artemis-Team Endeavour, skippered by Brian Thompson, who broke the Monohull 60’ (and below) World Record by 19 hours, 48 minutes and 16 seconds, in a time of 5 days 14:00:54. This record was previously set in 2011 by Marc Guillemot and the crew of Safran.
Huge congratulations also to the crew of the Rogers Class 40-Swish, skippered by Roderick Knowles which broke the Monohull 40’ (and below) World Record by over 18 hours, in a time of 8 days, 19:06:49, a record previously set by the Class 40- Concise 2 in 2010. Particularly impressive was the fact that out of the five Class 40 starters, Swish was the only Class 40 finisher.
Take a look at the Highlights here: Highlights