MOD70 wins first race

Steve Ravussin's Race For Water first home in AF Offshore Race

Saturday July 9th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: Sweden

The MOD70 Race for Water has won her first race. Steve Ravussin's new trimaran crossed the finish line of the AF Stockholm Round Gotland Race just a couple of hours ahead of Klabbe Nylof’s ORMA 60 Samsung Challenge yesterday.

“A fantastic race!” confirmed Race for Water's Swiss skipper upon her arrival. “It is magic to sail in this fabulous region. The nights are so short. Just a couple of hours of darkness and the sun is out again. This is really amazing!

“The spirit has been great on board and the team has made an excellent job. Since the start we have been confronted with very light winds, which was not so reassuring, knowing that our main competitor Samsung Challenge, steered by Klabbe Nylof, has less weight and more sail area. We were sailing upwind in a maximum of 15 knots on the first evening, and we were relieved when we noticed that we had a better speed. Then, we sailed downwind most of the race.“

The boats chose different tactical options and were out of sight for the rest of the race.

Race for Water's crew is composed of Nico Pichelin (Project Manager), Jacques Guichard (in charge of the sails), both helmsmen and trimmers, of Benoît Lequin (Technical Manager) and Loic Forestier (rigging), both foredeck crew, while Ravussin was responsible for the navigation and helming. The crew has been helped by two locals, Swedes Tim Shuwalow and Calle Hennix (of SeaCart fame).

Niklas Zennström's Judel Vrolijk 72 Ràn 2 was first monohull home, finishing at 19:57:27 local time last night, but was followed home by the German Ralf Aspholm's TP52 Datacom-Lindahl at 01:49:21 this morning, and she now leads Ràn 2 under both IRC and ORC. See the final blog from Ràn 2 here.


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