Kent makes bigger plans
American solo sailor, Tim Kent announced today his program to compete for the Open 50 monohull FICO-Lacoste World Championship title on his Jim-Antrim designed boat Everest Horizontal. Kent is currently preparing to start the 5th and final leg of the solo, round the world Around Alone yacht race in Salvador, Brazil on 13th April 2003.
The FICO-Lacoste World Championship for Open 50 monohulls comprises four races. The first is the 28,000 nm Around Alone, in which Kent is currently lying second overall in Class 2. His potential podium finish in Around Alone would catapult him into the lead of the FICO-Lacoste rankings.
Following Around Alone, the second event in the championship is the inaugural Saguenay-St. Pierre-Vendee race, a crewed event for Open 50 boats. Starting on 15 June from Saguenay, Quebec, competitors sail down the St Lawrence River to the St. Pierre Islands off the coast of Canada for a 48 hour layover and a round the buoys regatta. They then race across the Atlantic to the finish in Les Sables D’Olonne, France, home of the Vendée Globe solo non-stop round the world race.
The third race, also a crewed event, is the famed Rolex Fastnet; a short, sharp sprint in comparison to the two races previous to it. This begins on 10 August this year.
Finally there is the doublehanded Transat Jacques Vabre, starting from Le Havre, in November. In this multihulls and monohulls battle through the stormy Bay of Biscay before crossing the Doldrums and Equator en route to the finish in Salvador.
Kent’s performance in the Around Alone race makes him one of the most experienced American singlehanded ocean racers. Open class world champions have traditionally come from the Continent and British Isles - Kent wants to bring this title home to the U.S.