Fastnet, the small boat of the veteran who did the feat

Rolex Fasnet Race 2015
In the end, it was Frenchman Géry Trentesaux’s small JPK 10.80 Courrier du Leon that was the overall IRC winner of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race.
It was to be expected that a small boat would win, as this edition was characterized by light winds. In real time, wins went respectively to the 100-foot Comanche among monohulls and the 40-meter maxitrimaran Spindrift 2 among multihulls.

35743_0_2_photo_FSNT15ka_3831A DREAM CHASED FOR FORTY YEARS
Courrier du Leon is the sixth transalpine boat to win the legendary 603-mile race (from the port of Cowes on the Isle of Wight, you reach the Fastnet rock near the southwest coast of Ireland and sail around it and then head toward Plymouth passing south of the Isle of Scilly). French shipyard JPK can well rejoice: this is the second consecutive time one of its models has triumphed at the Fastnet, following the 2013 victory of Pascal and Alexis Lion’s JPK 10.10 (and this year, in second place, came another JPK 10.80, Arnaud Delamare and Eric Mordret’s Dream Pearls). Most of all, he can rejoice Trentesaux, a true veteran with no less than 13 Fastnet participations behind him (since 1977), who after countless attempts managed to earn the top step of the podium! At this link all the results.

The JPK 10.80 was awarded the title of European Yacht of The Year 2015 in the Performance Cruiser category. A boat that offers dinghy-like performance but also suitable for Atlantic sailing. At 10.80 meters long, it has a maximum beam of 3.65 for a total weight of 4,800 kilograms. The engine (Volvo, standard) is 30 horsepower and the draft is 2.20 m. The sail area upwind is 72 square meters.




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