sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 concludes

Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 concludes

'The four skippers: Chris Stanmore-Major, Derek Hatfield, Gutek and Brad Van Liew at the end of the Velux 5 Oceans, in La Rochelle, France today'    onEdition ©

Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 is the longest single handed event in the world. After nine months the racing has finished.

It was an epic battle full of thrills and spills, highs and lows, drama and action – but like all good things it must come to an end.

The arrivals of solo sailors Derek Hatfield and Zbigniew ‘Gutek’ Gutkowski into the French port of La Rochelle on Sunday marked the end of racing in the 2010-11 edition of the Velux 5 Oceans, following the arrivals of winner Brad Van Liew and Chris Stanmore-Major in the days previously.

It was the eighth edition of the race, which started out life as the BOC Challenge in 1982, making it the world’s longest-running regularly-held race – and what a race it was. Despite a small fleet of just five ocean-going Eco 60 class yachts setting sail from La Rochelle back in October, the 30,000-mile race provided some of the closest and most exciting racing seen in solo sailing in recent times.

Five skippers from five countries spread far and wide took on the race, known as The Ultimate Solo Challenge. They were five totally different personalities, each bringing their own traits to the race, helping to mould it into the great success it was.

From boat breakages to one of the closest ever finish in solo ocean racing history – just 40 seconds separating Gutek and Chris after 7,000 miles at sea – the Velux 5 Oceans had it all. It saw Brad become the first American ever to sail solo around the world three times, as well as the only sailor in the history of the race to win with clean sweeps twice.

Gutek became the first Pole to race solo around the world, and his and Chris’ names were added to the history books as the 182nd and 183rd people ever to sail solo around the world, an exclusive club epitomised by race chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston back in 1969.

It also saw the introduction of the Eco 60 class, premiered in the event as a sustainable vision for solo ocean racing. The Eco 60 class is for Open 60s built before 2003, launched as an affordable and more sustainable alternative to the big budget campaigns that have dominated solo ocean racing in recent years. The class is governed by rules and regulations designed to attract skippers with limited budgets through reduced running costs, as well as encouraging positive environmental practices.

The birth of the Eco 60 class helped the Velux 5 Oceans set a precedent in solo ocean racing – never before have such a high percentage of entries completed the race, with four out of the five skippers making it successfully back to La Rochelle to complete their singlehanded voyages around the world.

Sir Robin said: 'There has never been a singlehanded round the world race where 80 per cent of the boats finished. All the boats are in Europe, none of them broke a mast, none had serious damage – even the fifth boat that was forced to retire is back in Europe, as time was the key factor that forced the withdrawal of Christophe Bullens. This is a record. It says a great deal for the sailors themselves and it says a great deal for the Eco 60 class.

'Brad performed brilliantly and was always the one to beat. The excitement was behind him because the positions were always changing, especially towards the end of the race. It’s been a very exciting race and the last leg was one of the most exciting. These guys have proved they are good sailors, they’re very competitive, and they can get a boat round the world safely. That is the highest praise you can give a sailor.'

The final prize-giving will be held at the Velux House by the Bassin des Chalutiers in La Rochelle on Friday at 6pm local time. There, Brad will be crowned winner of the 2010/11 Velux 5 Oceans, and one last celebration of this edition will be held.

Ocean Sprint 5 finishing times:
Skipper / distance to finish (nm) / distance to next boat (nm) / distance covered in last 24 hours (nm) / average speed in last 24 hours (kts)
Brad Van Liew, Le Pingouin: finished 27.05.11 in 12 days 23hrs and 52 minutes
Chris Stanmore-Major, Spartan: finished 28.05.11 in 13 days 14hrs and 06 minutes
Zbigniew Gutkowski, Operon Racing: finished 28.05.11 in 13 days 18hrs and 07 minutes
Derek Hatfield, Active House: finished 29.05.11 in 14 days 12hrs and 07 minutes

Velux 5 Oceans website




by Velux 5 Oceans

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=84216

12:10 PM Wed 1 Jun 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2010-11 Velux 5 Oceans Race

Related News Stories:

08 Jun 2011  Velux 5 Oceans 2014-15 welcomes SolOceans One Design class
03 Jun 2011  Velux 5 Oceans next edition set for autumn 2014
30 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 skipper Derek Hatfield takes third place
29 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans skipper Gutek second Overall
28 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans Chris Stanmore-Major second in sprint five
28 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew takes the title
28 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans overall victory to Brad Van Liew
27 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans fleet charges towards La Rochelle finish line
27 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek battling keel problems
27 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans skipper Derek Hatfield anticipates the finish
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World











































International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




















International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature
29er North American Championship - Day 1 in Kingston
Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top
PWA Pozo World Cup - Fantastic finale determines winners
Six Metre Class British Open Championship - Llanoria and Valhalla win
Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA holds foiling camp at Wangi SC
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing
Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video
International Moth Worlds: Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh
U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2   
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again   
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible   
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters   
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek   
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton   
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3   
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1   
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals   
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature   
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.   
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video   
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT