Vendee 2020 - Length of Britain Challenge
Four of Britain’s young offshore sailing talent are on standby for an assault on the Length of Britain Challenge, from Land’s End to John O’Groats. The current record held by British sailor Phil Sharp stands at 3 days, 11 hours, 52 minutes, 15 seconds at an average speed of 7.39 knots.
The team who will be racing on board the Open 60 Artemis Ocean Racing are currently waiting for an optimum weather window for this iconic 620 nm British course. The team sails along the English & Welsh coastline westabout up to Pentland Firth on the north coast of Scotland, the final marker before the finish line off John O’Groats.
Launched in 2016, Vendee2020Vision is an initiative to nurture Britain’s Offshore sailing talent along the path to success in yacht racing’s most challenging event - the Vendée Globe, the quadrennial single handed non-stop round the world race. This record attempt will see the current candidates test their skills in some of the coldest and most challenging conditions off Britain’s coastline.
No stranger to setting records, in 2014 Artemis Ocean Racing took the World Record for Monohulls 60 feet and less for Round Britain and Ireland in a time of 5 days, 14 hours, 00 minutes and 54 seconds.
The crew features two of the Vendee2020Vision’s current candidates, Lizzy Foreman and Andrew Baker. They will be joined by Artemis Skipper and Boat Captain Mikey Ferguson and a new addition to the team for this record sail is Jack Trigger. Jack is one of Britain’s up and coming offshore sailing talents, and also the youngest crew member on board. He has sailed across a variety of classes most notably he has been part of the record-breaking crew on board the MOD70 Concise.
Alongside the assault on this British record, the team will also use this opportunity to test several pieces of wearable technology to provide vital data to assist the team in improving overall performance and health at sea. From monitoring sleep cycles and baseline vitals during an offshore race, the team will also work with Jack Trigger, a Type 1 diabetic, to see how wearable tech can assist in the management of his condition offshore.
The QTS Sponsored trophy, designed by Paul Hodgkiss, the man behind the memorable podiums and medal trays for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, designed the trophy with the aim of aesthetics merging with geometry to create a truly bespoke piece of art. The trophy was created using the same pile of Elm that Hodgkiss used for the Commonwealth podiums back in 2014. The Elm construction is complimented with the addition of 19mm etched glass and sterling silver.
Hodgkiss constructed the elm to resemble the turbulent surface of the sea. The Glass and Silver additions emulate features of the racing yachts, introducing clean, geometric lines and sharp finishes. Hodgkiss used local glass makers and silversmiths throughout the process making this a locally sourced and constructed piece of art, from start to finish.
Follow the team on a live tracker when they set off here: www.vendee2020Vision.com <http://www.vendee2020vision.com>