On the 23rd February Cordon Rouge Club Member and multi record breaking sailor, Brian Thompson not only won the Multihull at RORC 600 Caribbean but broke his very own world record in the process. Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 Phaedo3, co skippered by Brian completed the race in 31 hours, 59 minutes and 4 seconds, obliterating last year’s time by precisely 1 hour 34 minutes and 26 seconds. Not that this was an easy feat. The competition was gruelling with the Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wood hot on the heels of Phaedo3 throughout the race and finishing a mere 9 minutes behind. The race which is said to contain the highest quality set of participants is in its eighth year and sees these high calibre sailors race 600 miles around 11 Caribbean Islands, starting in English Harbour, Antigua and culminating spectacularly in Fort Charlotte.
Brian who is described as a ‘gentleman of the seas’ and ‘a superb helmsman with total concentration’ led a team of extraordinary talent on board. Lloyd professed before the race that ‘there is nobody I would rather sail with than this group of guys’. Brian who is a Jules Verne record holder was joined by champion sailors and world speed record holders alike; truly a force to be reckoned with. Brian also credited the Concise 10 and its crew, noting that racing against them would improve their performance seeing as they would be pushing each other for speed the entire course. He was proved correct when at speeds in excess of 30 knots the two vessels were barely a boat space apart. With the weather and winds lighter than last year, Brian wasn’t even aware they had broken the record, claiming that this was an even greater testament to how much they had improved their performance compared to last year.
Brian is no stranger when it comes to breaking world records. With an impressive 32 under his belt he is the only person to have sailed non-stop 4 times around the world. It is fitting he broke his most current in Antigua as it was here Brian had his first sailing experiences. He described crossing the finish line with the horns blaring and spectators cheering - as a magical moment in his history of sailing. Greatly respected by his peers and a much sought after crew member, Brian shows no sign of slowing down as World Yachting Magazine befittingly described him; ‘He may be nearly 50, but Brian Thompson is in his prime. He will, I reckon, be a Generation X version of Mike Birch, still racing fast boats in big races without ado well into his seventies.’
May Brian’s adventures continue and in the meantime we raise a glass of Mumm to his extraordinary achievements so far!