RORC Rolex Fastnet award for Richard Matthews
Congratulations to Richard Matthews and his crew on board the Fox’s based and maintained Humphreys 39, Oystercatcher XXXI, who finished 22nd overall in a very competitive 360+ RORC Rolex Fastnet fleet, which included some of the world’s most high profile racing yachts in addition to the IMOCA 60 and Volvo Ocean Race fleets.
Richard was presented with the RORC Dennis Doyle Memorial Trophy for the skipper to have completed the most Fastnet races – an amazing 22, of which Richard has skippered 18! Whilst for one of his crew, Olympic gold medal winning 470 sailor, Saskia Clark MBE, who learnt to sail at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club just down river from Fox’s Marina, this was her very first Fastnet.
Commenting on the race to World Sailing, CEO of the RORC and accomplished professional racer Eddie Warden Owen said: “I don’t think it’s hard to understand why this race is so popular. It’s the Everest of yachting. It’s on the bucket list, it’s a race that demands to be done…for most of the sailors it’s about getting to the Rock and back. Most of us live cosseted lives and the Rolex Fastnet Race is an opportunity for adventure.”
For Richard Matthews, once was clearly not enough!