The Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta

— 09 Nov 2011


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Rothmans at the Legends Regatta

The Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion proved to be a great success, bringing together yachts and crew for all previous editions of the Whitbread Round-The-World and Volvo Ocean Races. Included within the sixteen yacht fleet was the Rob Humphreys designed Rothmans having competed in the 1989-90 Race, finishing fourth. In fact there was a strong contingent of yachts from that vintage, including the giant ketches Steinlager 2 and Fisher & Paykel.

After the first day of racing was abandoned through lack of wind, conditions on the second day could not have been better, with the Legends boats powering around a 22-mile course in up to 30 knots of breeze. Sailing as part of the crew were original Rothmans crew members Vincent Geake, Patrick Banfield and Mark Willett, alongside fellow Volvo & Whitbread sailors Peter Metcalfe, Gunnar Krantz and Klabbe Nylöf. Rothman’s designer Rob Humphreys, who was also racing on Rothmans during the event commented “it was a fantastic initiative on Volvo’s part and great to sail on Rothmans again. The owners have done an amazing job restoring her to her original condition”.

The Rothmans crew for the Legends Regatta

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