Published:30/03/2006 Winsome wins IRC 2 in the 2005 Rolex Fastnet Race

41' 9" WINSOME  # 2121 BUILT IN 1972 IS AWARDED THE SPARKMAN & STEPHENS TROPHY FOR THE FASTNET
 
An extraordinary success - yet again a classic S& S design trounces much newer opposition leading a fleet of much larger yachts. Congratulations Harry! For this success Winsome is the winner of the Sparkman & Stephens Association Fastnet Race Cup for the best achievement by an S & S yacht.
'With the fleet sent off in staggered starts, the bigger yachts had just about caught the leading cruiser/racers of IRC divisions two and three by the time they passed the Needles. It was here that the breeze difference between the island and the mainland shores was at its greatest. The obstruction of the Shingles Bank created a fork in the road as the fleet poured out of Hurst Straits into Christchurch Bay. What the sailors would have given for a bird's eye view at this point, because it soon became apparent that the mainland shore was definitely the place to aim for now. Two foreign entries made the most of this advantage, Harry HEIJST's Dutch S&S41 Winsome stealing a march on her rivals, along with Night & Day, a French J/105 skippered by Pascal LOISON. These two were the first yachts past the Needles.' [for a fuller report see http://www.sailing.org/default.asp?ID=j69Fh5,/C&format=popup or http://www.rorc.org/fastnet/news.php]
 
IRC - 2
1) Winsome,                    S & S 41,      Harry Heijst                  4-17:38:52  4-16:44:19
2) Night and Day,              J 105,         Pascal Loison                 4-16:19:10  4-18:07:00
3) Groupe Paprec,              X 332,         Jacques Amedeo                4-17:58:04  4-18:18:35

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