Pete's back in a 30ft three-hulled flying machine
Tim Jeffries reports on the return of Pete Goss in the Daily Telegraph:
Don’t miss the bumper YM centenary May issue to read more about the Round Britain and Ireland Race.
Pete Goss, the sailor who carried out one of the great rescues at sea
during the 1996/7 Vendee Globe and, in turn, was picked up from the radical
wave-piercing catamaran Team Philips in 2000, is making a return to ocean
racing. He is teaming up with the versatile and enthusiastic Australian,
Paul Larsen, to race one of the new Seacart 30 catamarans in this summer’s
Shetland Round Britain & Ireland Race.
Larsen was one of six Team Philips’ crew members rescued in the north
Atlantic after the 102ft catamaran started to break-up during her
qualifying passage for The Race 2000, the no-limits round the world
event.Days later, and undaunted, Larsen went to sail in The Race with Tony
Bullimore and since then has worked tirelessly on his SailRocket project,
which he hopes can set a new record for speed under sail over a 500-metre
course – currently 48.70 knots.
It was Goss’ heroic rescue of fellow Vendee Globe competitor Raphael
Dinelli, deep in the Southern Ocean, 10 years ago which made him a
household name and helped him secure backing for the ill-starred Team
Philips project. Since then, the former Royal Marine has slipped from the
limelight and has been thwarted in his bid to raise £350,000 for an
Antarctic expedition, trekking to the South Pole.
Created in 1966 by the late Colonel Blondie Haslar, and run by Plymouth’s
Royal Western YC, the 2,000-mile two-handed Round Britain & Ireland race is
one of the home waters’ classic shorthanded trials. Four stages take
competitors in a clockwise circuit of the British Isles, with 48-hour
stopovers in Kinsale (Ireland), Barra and Lerwick (Hebrides and Shetlands)
and Lowestoft (Suffolk). –
by Tim Jeffery, The Daily Telegraphy,