Pete Goss returns to solo sailing

Mark Lloyd /
Vendee Globe hero discusses his Class 40 Route du Rhum entry
One of the living legends in offshore racing – Pete Goss – has announced his return to the sport, with the announcement yesterday of his entry in this November’s singlehanded Route du Rhum from St Malo to Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe. His steed on this occasion is not an Open 50 nor a radical twin-masted maxi-cat but a Class 40 – the latest Concise, belonging to Surrey-based property developer Tony Lawson. “It really happened by chance – I mentioned to a friend that this was something I was keeping an eye on and he happened to mention it to Tony Lawson in passing who owns and runs Team Concise and a light bulb came on and he sent me an email through the website saying ‘how do you fancy doing the Route du Rhum?’ So here we are,” recounts Goss. The new Concise is one of the new generation racing versions of the Lombard-designed Akilaria we reviewed last year (read about it here). The boat arrived in the UK this spring and Goss has already had a chance to take her for a blast in the Channel. “It might not have a swing keel, but it is a real performance boat and a lovely boat to sail. Some boats you have to really work hard, but this one wants to work for you.” While Goss is a new recruit to Team Concise, Tony Lawson’s overriding philosophy for the project is to have it primarily as a training platform for young aspirant racing sailors and for this reason there will be two sides to the Concise campaign this year. Sail maker, Tom Gall, who sailed the previous Concise doublehanded in the 2007 Transat Jacques Vabre and who has since gone around the world as part of the Puma Volvo Ocean Race shore team,