November Yachts & Yachting
Last month I interviewed young solo sailing star Sam Goodchild for Yachts & Yachting magazine, and asked him how much of their boat’s potential performance singlehanded Figaro sailors were able to race at, given the challenges and distractions of sleep deprivation and complex navigation. He felt that the level was pretty high, based on how short-handed Figaro sailors often fared when racing against fully crewed teams.
Sam was very emphatically proved right in this year’s Rolex Fastnet Race, won overall by Pascal and Alexis Loison on their JPK 1010 ‘Night and Day’, sailing doublehanded to beat the entire 336-boat fleet on IRC overall. Alexis, 29, finished ninth in this year’s La Figaro du Solitaire while his father Pascal is an experienced offshore sailor. The two not only beat pro crewed Maxi yachts to the crown, they also beat other JPK 1010s – sailing fully crewed, with their nearest rival 20 minutes behind on corrected time. I get the inside story on ‘Night and Day’s’ win in the November issue of Y&Y, out now.
I also had a chat with former paratrooper Andy Newell, who was racing on the Artemis Open 60 with Toe in the Water in the Fastnet Race, and pro navigator Wouter Verbraak, who set ‘Magnum’ on a winning course in Class 1 (Wouter took the time to let me know he’d read and enjoyed the feature later, what a legend!).