[cleeng_content id=”491232924″ description=”99 cents or 10,000 hours. The path to being an expert can be easy or hard. ” price=”0.99″]There are times when the fragmentation of the sport of sailing really come into perspective. While only 5 Eco 60 yachts sailed out of La Rochelle last Sunday for the start of the Velux 5 Oceans Race, the Route du Rhum boasts over 50 Class 40 boats on its start list.
Richard Tolkien’s Class 40, will be sponsored by ICAP, backers of Mike Slade’s record breaking supermaxi Leopard. Tolkien’s Class 40 yacht will be known as ICAP Orca.
A former banker and a sailor with more than 20 years experience in short handed ocean races, Tolkien has completed in five transatlantic races, including a sixth placing in the single handed Plymouth to Newport race and an 11th in the Transat Jacques Vabre. He has achieved most success in the six Round Britain Races he sailed in, winning the event in 1998. He commented:
“The Route du Rhum is one of sailing’s great races which I have wanted to take part in for many years. Racing in the Class 40 division will be very challenging with 45 boats entered, sailed by some of the leading professional skippers. The sea will pose a thorough test and inspire us all. I am very grateful to ICAP for making this possible for me.”
Mark Yallop, COO, ICAP PLC said:
“The Route du Rhum is an immense challenge and we are delighted to be supporting such an accomplished sailor in this demanding international event. We wish Richard the best of luck!”
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