Round Britain winners decided
With a slow final leg for the front runners, the overall IRC winners in the Shetlands Round Britain & Ireland Race ended up being the Class 3 boats. First place was taken by The Shed, the unfortunately named Lightwave 395 belonging to Pip Hare and Phil Stubbs. They were almost two hours ahead on corrected time of Fastrak VII, the Sunfast 3200i of Nigel Colley and David Bowdler. Eminent meteorologist and round the world sailor Chris Tibbs, sailing with Kim Vasey, corrected out to third on their J/105 Taika.
While a photo finish into Plymouth between the lead Class 40s following a park-up on the tide at Start Point had seen victory go to Norwegians Rune Aasberg and Arild Schei on Solo, first multihull home was Will Claxton and Matt Gill’s Dazcat trimaran, Paradox, which had been the overall leaders until the stormy penultimate leg down the North Sea.
Among the finishers was Mary Falk who sailed her Q2 with Jerry Freeman. A cancer survivor, Mary Falk completed her sixth Shetlands Round Britain and Ireland Race raising almost £100,000 for The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR).
Falk commented said: “To complete my sixth Round Britain and Ireland Race is a massive achievement and one of which I am extremely proud. There were times during the race that technical difficulties threatened to end our race early and indeed Jerry and I even had to row during the final leg in order to avoid being set onto the rocks by the tide during a windless stretch, so I am delighted that we achieved a top 5 finish. I now can look forward to reaching my £100,000 fundraising goal for the ICR.”
Full results here