ICAP sponsor Richard Tolkien

Another British skipper for the Route du Rhum's Class 40

Tuesday October 19th 2010, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

ICAP, the world’s premier interdealer broker, best known for their backing of Mike Slade's supermaxi campaign, announced today the sponsorship of Richard Tolkien's Class 40, to be known as ICAP Orca in La Route du Rhum starting on 31 October from St Malo, France finishing in Guadeloupe, a distance of 3,650 nautical miles.

The boat, designed by Humphreys Yacht Design was launched in 2008. Her skipper Richard Tolkien is a former banker, who has sailed 10,000 miles on the boat and in June 2010 finished fifth in the two handed Round Britain Race. He recently completed his mandatory solo 1,000 mile qualifier in five and a half days.

A veteran of more than 20 years experience in short handed ocean races, Tolkien has completed in five transatlantic races, including a sixth placing in the single handed Plymouth to Newport race and an 11th in the Transat Jacques Vabre. He has achieved most success in the six Round Britain Races he sailed in, winning the event in 1998.

“The Route du Rhum is one of sailing's great races which I have wanted to take part in for many years," said Tolkien. "Racing in the Class 40 division will be very challenging with 45 boats entered, sailed by some of the leading professional skippers. The sea will pose a thorough test and inspire us all. I am very grateful to ICAP for making this possible for me."

The Class 40s competing in the Route du Rhum are expected to take about 20 days to complete it.

Mark Yallop, COO, ICAP plc said: “The Route du Rhum is an immense challenge and we are delighted to be supporting such an accomplished sailor in this demanding international event. We wish Richard the best of luck!”

Read our feature on the boat when she was launched here


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