Ned Collier-Wakefield’s MOD-70 Concise finally took one away from the all-conquering Phaedo, beating the incredible Round The Island record the green boat set last year by just 1 minute over the 50 mile course (Phaedo is busy getting ready for the ORMA/MOD showdown in this month’s Transpac). Concise’s time of 2:22 (with a top recorded speed of 44 knots!) nearly halves the leading monohull’s 4-plus hours in a near-perfect multihull breeze – a breeze that got even the slowest boat in the huge 1342-boat fleet moving well in England’s signature regatta.
This event is so big that it’s got a 69-page results book, and you can dig into the details here. Photo from Mark Lloyd/Team Concise. If you hated watching those overgrown beach cats in Bermuda and lament the loss of multihull racing from ‘the pinnacle’ of the sport, you’ll absolutely love this completely free, Matt Sheahan-commentated, nearly 5-hour long broadcast from the starting line of the RTI.