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Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 – Phaedo3 in action

Phaedo3 was second over the line and is provisionally second on corrected time in the MOCRA Multihull class in the Rolex Fastnet Race.

After a long, tactical duel in the uncharacteristically light winds of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race, Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD 70 trimaran Phaedo3 finished second on the water, mere minutes behind the 131-foot-long trimaran, Spindrift 2.

And while the winds may have been light, the racing in the 600-mile long run from Cowes, along the south west coast of England, around Ireland’s Fastnet Rock and back to Plymouth was as fierce as ever. Thornburg, co-skipper Brian Thompson, and the rest of the Phaedo3 crew battled within sight of the maxi trimaran Prince De Bretagne nearly all the way back from the famous rock, and they were only able to pass the larger trimaran just before the finish off Plymouth.

Thornburg was ecstatic at the finish:

2015 Rolex Fastnet Race - Phaedo3 in action

Phaedo3 – 2015 Rolex Fastnet RaceRachel Jaspersen

“This is the most exciting race I’ve ever done! Between leading everyone out of the Solent and then battling with Musandam-Oman Sail and then Prince de Bretagne all the way to the Rock and making a mistake in letting her by.” In the breeze on the way up to the Rock, Phaedo³ was making 30 knots. “We wanted to get her (Prince de Bretagne) back, but we weren’t certain we could. Then we saw her almost overtaking Spindrift and we thought she might get in first. Luckily they were racing each other which gave us a lane to come in and start catching up.

“We were in sight of each other for most of the course. It was pretty amazing – a couple of hours ago we were still looking at Spindrift 2, the world’s fastest boat and strategizing about how to get past her.”

by Rachel Jaspersen

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