Cowes-St Malo record - unratified

Bad news for Jean-Luc van den Heede

Thursday August 22nd 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
On the same day that Orange failed to nail the Round Britain and Ireland record, so Jean-Luc van den Heede's giant monohull Adrien set a new monohull record for the passage from St Malo to Cowes. However the World Sailing Speed Record Council have issued a statement that says that van den Heede's passage was not official timed by the WSSRC and therefore cannot be ratified.

The WSSRC is the world's governing body when it comes to speed sailing records and they are also responsible for keeping the Guinness Book of Records up to date when it comes to sailing records.

"The WSSRC regrets to state that this was an untimed and independent passage and not in accordance with the WSSR rules." says the statement. "It is not therefore subject to WSSRC ratification and the record for a monohull on the Cowes to Dinard route remains credited to Silk Cut sailed by Laurie Smith in a time of 14 hours 48 minutes and 15 seconds, established in July 1999."

However getting the official record may not be a worry for VDH who was trying to establish a new record in order to win the Channel Challenge Trophy that is awarded annually for the fastest monohull and multihull on this course.

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