Team SCA arrived into Plymouth Yacht Haven today, rather damp but content, after the end of the Rolex Fastnet Race. As the only Volvo Ocean 65 in the fleet, they finished in 2d 23h 19m 2s after a long and slow drift off towards the Fastnet Rock and a speedy run for the final 100 miles to the finish line crossing at 12.59pm.
The 603-mile race from the Isle of Wight to Plymouth went from one extreme to the other, with the 368 boat fleet starting the race in little to no wind and finishing in over 20 knots.
“It was nice to be back together, a bit of a reunion. It started off a ‘Slow-net’ but we had some great sailing conditions towards the end. We just got pipped by the VO70 Camper right at the finish line so that was frustrating but we had a good battle with them during the race,” Dee Caffari.
“Camper are a much faster boat so they got away from us as the wind filled and then we made one tactical mistake and lost it to them but great to be with them the whole way round. Even though we were the only Volvo Ocean 65 it was nice to have boats to race throughout, we are used to seeing only a few so it was good to always have a boat to push ourselves against,” added Annie Lush.
Once around the Fastnet rock at 2300 last night, it was all hands on deck for the final day of racing today.
“It was fun coming back from the Rock in a bit of breeze, everyone fell into their rhythm pretty quickly, but unfortunately we made life a bit difficult for ourselves and could have had a slightly better finish than we did – I think everyone will be happy to jump off and get dry!” commented Sally Barkow.
“We were sailing clean and fast and we had a lot of great moments, it was a nice clean race and great to be back out there with the girls!” said Annie Lush.
The crew will deliver the boat straight back to Gosport later today, where she will stay until mid-September.