TP52 sets FjordSailing Shetland Race record

As British duo win 1000 mile doublehanded race

Wednesday June 29th 2011, Author: Jon Amtrup, Location: Norway

Wolf Pack Racing Team took the winner's gun in both legs of this year's FjordSailing Shetland Race, but it was only on the return from Lerwick to Bergen that the conditions allowed the TP52 and skipper Thomas Nilsson, KNS to set a new record.

The 25th year anniversary of the North Sea classic included British, Norwegian, Dutch and Belgian sailors. The offshore classic between Bergen, Norway and Lerwick, Shetland has drawn sailors from Northern Europe for years. The course covers 180 nautical miles over the notorious North Sea. Nearly 50 boats participated in the regatta this year.

The race committee introduced a second start from Ålesund this year to include more sailors, and seven boats joined on the new start line.

The race also incorporates the 1000 mile Doublehanded Race, and drew a truly international crew. Two British sailors Nigel Colley and David Bowdler won the 1000 nautical mile double handed race in three stages, winning every leg.

The fastest boat both ways was Wolfpack, the former Fram XVI owned by HMK Harald, skippered by Thomas Nilsson, KNS. Nilsson with a crew of 14 sailed across the North Sea in 17 hours 27 minutes and 3 seconds. This is now the new record in the FjordSailing Shetland Race.

"It's fun to set a new record and it was also one of the reasons that we lined up for the FjordSailing Shetland Race. That said, this boat and other equals have the potential to sail much faster in more ideal conditions. We will return," said Thomas Nilsson skipper on Wolfpack Racing Team, and also the overall winner of the Shetland Race.

"We are very happy with seeing so many crews crossing the North Sea with us. We have a good mix of racing and cruising boats, and some also use the race to cross the North Sea in a safe and social way, and to do some cruising on either side of the sea afterwards," said Andre Farstad, Race Commodore of the FjordSailing Shetland Race.

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