Peter Cunningham’s PowerPlay Racing Team has taken Line Honours in the 90th edition of the Round the Island Race. MOD70 PowerPlay, with Peter Cunningham on the helm, finished the race in an elapsed time of 4hrs 11mins 01secs. The 70ft trimaran PowerPlay finished the 50-mile race over 25 minutes ahead of Francis Joyon’s 105ft trimaran IDEC and also in front of Yves Le Blevec’s ULTIM Actuel.
MOD70 PowerPlay Crew: Peter Cunningham (Helm), Ned Collier Wakefield (Skipper), Tom Dawson, Miles Seddon, Paul Larsen, Nick Hutton, Frank Gerber, Martin Watts, John Hamilton.
To put MOD70 PowerPlay’s magnificent win into perspective, Joyon’s IDEC holds the Jules Verne Record and the Transatlantic Record for the Route du Rhum.
“Fantastic, unbelievable!” commented Peter Cunningham. “The teamwork was absolutely flawless, especially tacking in the light to get out of the Solent. The sail changes worked really, really well all the way around, another cold race but we are absolutely delighted to come home first in this great race!”
“It is nice to see how PowerPlay can do against the big boys,” commented Ned Collier Wakefield. “This result is a testament to the boat, and the team did a great job. Especially keeping PowerPlay super-slippery in the light. Given the forecast this morning, we thought we would take another couple of hours, but this is a brilliant, wicked win!”