01 Aug Record-breaking Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland race
Following wins this season in the Class 40 division of the J.P. Morgan Round the Island Race, the RORC Cowes – St Malo race and the RSYC Island Double, Concise 8’s crew are looking forward to showing what the boat can do in the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race in August.
Ned Collier Wakefield, Team Concise: “Four years ago we competed in the Sevenstar RBI on our then new Class 40 Concise 2, the challenging forecast made for a wet and wild ride and enabled us to break the 40ft World Record. We are now back with our new KER Class 40, and weather depending we’ll be looking to break our own record. The race offers a fantastic shake down for our boat and will certainly act as a great test for boat and crew. We are all greatly looking forward to being on the start line.”
Ned will be joined onboard by one of the record-breaking 2010 crew, Tom Dawson. They’ll also be joined by Sam Pearson and Wouter Verbraak. Wouter, a professional navigator had been working with Ned for the past two seasons in a coaching role. The last and youngest member of the team is Jack Trigger. Jack, a graduate of the BKA, has been involved with Team Concise for the last year and was part of the victorious Round the Island Race crew. The Team Concise guys are looking forward to lining up against 5 other Class 40 boats.
Ned Collier Wakefield, Team Concise: “It is great to see a decent entry list in this year’s RBI, six Class 40s will make for some really exciting racing. We generally look to the newer boats as our main competitors, but different generations of boats excel in different conditions, so we will certainly have to work hard to stay at the front of the pack.”
The Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race will provide valuable training for Ned’s first single-handed transatlantic race, the Route du Rhum in November.
Ned Collier Wakefield: “Racing her fully crewed allows Concise to be continuously sailed on the limit, enabling the team to put all the systems through some rigorous testing. By the time the RdR starts we will have aimed to have completed the race distance at least twice in training miles.
The 1802nm Sevenstar RBI starts in Cowes on Sunday, August 10th.