As sponsors of the Length of Britain Challenge we are excited to share that another team are just about to take it on!! Four of Britain’s young offshore sailing talent are on standby for an assault on the Length of Britain Challenge.
The team are currently waiting for an optimum weather window for this iconic 620 nm British course. They will be racing onboard the Open 60 Artemis Ocean Racing. The challenge takes them along the English & Welsh coastline westabout and up to the Pentland Firth on the north coast of Scotland. The final marker before the finish line off 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.
Launched in 2016, Vendee2020Vision is an initiative to nurture Britain’s Offshore sailing talent. Preparing them for success in yacht racing’s most challenging event – the Vendée Globe, the quadrennial singlehanded 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. Completed 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, Jack Trigger. Jack is one of Britain’s up and coming offshore sailing talents, and also the youngest crew member onboard. He has sailed across a variety of classes most notably he has been part of the record-breaking crew onboard the MOD70 Concise.
We’ll be eagerly following their progress!!