The final leg of the race will be a sprint run to claim the record for Dover to Calais. Currently the record belongs to Charles HEDRICH (FRA) who completed the 19 mile crossing in 1 hour and 18 minutes at an average speed of 14.6 knots.
The 2005 Calais Round Britain Race will see the following skippers and their teams on the start line at 1230 hours GMT:
As a crewed event GOLDING has been joined by Neal MACDONALD (GBR), Brian THOMPSON (GBR), Laurent MAHY (BEL) and Graham TOURELL (GBR).
'It will be good to be back out racing again.' commented GOLDING. 'ECOVER is in great shape and is a credit to my shore team that have worked really hard since the end of the Vendée to make sure that she was ready for this race. We have an impressive crew and it will be especially good racing with Brian and Neal on the team. Brian has sailed with us several times and was my co-skipper on the last Transat Jacques Vabre. He is fresh from winning the Oryx Quest and so is in fighting form. Neil is well known to us as a talented sailor he is quite simply one of the best offshore sailors in the UK. I am confident that with this team we stand a very good chance of winning the event, though looking at the opposition - they have great teams also!. For us the icing on the cake would be to also beat the Dover-Calais record, but we have to put a few miles under our belts before we get to do that.'