The Vice Admiral’s Cup is the first scoring round of the 2017 FAST40+ Circuit.
Eleven teams will be competing including last year’s FAST40+ Race Circuit winner, Peter Morton’s team, who will be racing for the first time this season. However Peter will not be racing the new Girls on Film, the Vice Admiral’s Cup was supposed to have marked the debut for Peter’s brand new Carkeek 40 Mk3, Girls on Film, in the FAST40+ class. However the boat’s arrival has been delayed, so for the Vice Admiral’s Cup, Morton has chartered Andrew Pearce’s Ker 40+, Magnum 4.
“It’s the first scoring event in the FAST40+. Fortunately points are attributed to owners and teams rather than individual boats, so we can carry the points over,” he explains. The boat is likely to be remained Girls on Magnum for the event while also providing Morton with the opportunity to see how the other half live on a Ker (rather than Carkeek) design.
FAST40+ Class President, Robert Greenhalgh is expecting 10 FAST40+s at the Vice Admiral’s Cup. As to the form boats, Morton can never be discounted, while the boat Greenhalgh sails on, Sir Keith Mills’ Ker 40+ Invictus, won the RORC Easter Challenge and Morton’s 2016 boat, now Bas de Voogd’s Hitchhiker, won the FAST40+ Spring Regatta.
“It looks like it will be a competitive fleet,” says Greenhalgh. “There are plenty of boats and they’re all trying hard. This year you could easily get a tenth in a race, because every boat is so good.”
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The eleven FAST40+ for the RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup
Girls on Magnum