Philippe Monnet awarded the Group 4 Challenge Trophy
It was in June that Monnet completed the trip, breaking the record set by Mike Golding six years previously, by nine days, 20 hours and 38 minutes. Golding had set the record in 1994 in the 67 foot steel yacht, Group 4, previously used in the original British Steel Challenge. After he had broken the record, Group 4 - then as now, Golding's sponsors - had offered the prize and trophy for anyone who bettered the Briton's time of 161 days, 16 hours and 32 minutes. And the 40 year old Monnet was that man, doing it in his Open 60, Uunet.
Golding commented at the presentation, "As I know only too well myself, to sail around the world the wrong way, and to do it in an Open 60 and in such style, is absolutely fantastic - I take my hat off to you!" Golding's next race will be going round the world the right way, west-to-east, in the single-handed, non-stop Vendee Globe, which starts in Les Sables D'Olonne, on Sunday, 5th November.