This isn’t quite as cool as Dorade winning the Transpac, but it’s close. A French Corinthian father-son crew, Pascal and Alexis Loison, sailing Night and Day, a 33-foot JPK 1010, beat out an enormous fleet of 336 boats to become the first doublehanded crew ever to win the Fastnet Race (on corrected time, of course). Not too shabby, considering they were sailing against some biggest, fastest multi- and monohulls on the planet.
A great summer for underdogs on the ocean-racing circuit!
The fleet beating up the Solent to the Needles
Competitors included the cutter Jolie Brise, first winner of the race back in 1925 and only boat to win three times
The victors in their moment of glory. Besides winning the race overall Pascal and Alexis won top-honors tin as top non-British boat in IRC, best corrected time for a skipper age 18-30, winning navigator, best two-handed IRC boat, and best IRC 3 boat
NOSTALGIA DEPT.: I once raced in the Fastnet–sort of–with Don Street. You can read more about that here.
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