Maiden 2 record

James Boyd caught up with skipper Brian Thompson to find about their secretive round Britain record
Taking 28 hours off a five day record in these modern times is one hell of an achievement and the crew of Maiden 2 deserve considerable glory for their demolition of Steve Fossett's non-stop record for the circumnavigation of the British Isles. A common factor to both Fossett's record and Maiden 2's is Brian Thompson who, along with watch captain Helena Darvelid, sailed on both record breaking voyages. In the absense of Tracy Edwards who is still busy putting the finishing touches on a sponsorship deal for Maiden 2, the announcement of which has been 'imminent' for weeks now, the long haired giant multihull specialist was skipper on board Maiden 2 for the voyage. Thompson says that the passage, let alone them breaking the record, came about by pure fluke. Originally they had been lining up on a Cowes-St Malo record (also held by Steve Fossett). Early last week the weather was looking as though it would favour a Wednesday departure, but then it fell apart. However on the Wednesday a suitable weather scenario for an anticlockwise lap of the British Isles was opening up. That two other boats L'Hydroptere and Geronimo should have the exact same thoughts to make an attempt on this record was pure coincidence. Even going out to Ventnor on Thursday morning the forecast being provided by Ken Campbell of Commander's Weather, who was working with router Adrienne Cahalan on the shoreside, was looking marginal. "We were going to do a training run anyway, and we weren't that confident of it panning out," Thompson told madfor sailing. "But as we went along the weather was always better than we thought it was going to be." The start saw Maiden 2 rocketing off eastwards up the Channel towards Dover in 18-20 knots of westerly breeze. "The best