The "Uca" of the ex-employer president Dr. Klaus Murmann goes on a hunt for records. The 26-meter-long Maxira yacht from Kiel will start on Sunday in the legendary high-sea classic Fastnet Race over 608 nautical miles.
Your opponents are the fastest racing yachts in the world. The aim of the crew of 21 sailors is to break the six-year-old record of 53 hours and 8 minutes and bring it to Germany.
On board the "Uca", which achieved the fastest sailing time in the North Atlantic race DaimlerChrysler North Atlantic Challenge in 2003 and the current record around Mallorca, are also three crew members of the German America’s Cup challenge United Internet Team Germany.
A total of ten Maxi runners and 270 other participants will expressly compete on August 7th to break the record. Among others, the New Zealand “Maximus” (30 meters) and the Australian “SkandiWild Thing” (29 meters). The 21 meter long Volvo 70 Round the World racers “TelefonicMovistar” and “Ericsson” are also hoping to finish the regatta course from Cowes (Isle of Wight) around Fastnet Rock in southern Ireland to Plymouth as the fastest.
The Fastnet Race went down in history in 1979 as a death regatta when 21 sailors lost their lives in a devastating storm over the Celtic Sea. Storm is not predicted this year, but weather conditions in the Atlantic are unpredictable.
Info UCA: www. UCA5000.de Info Fastnet: www.rorc.org