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Varuna confirmed as the winner

German yacht comes out on top in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race

Friday August 22nd 2014, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

German Jens Kellinghusen's Ker 51 Varuna as the overall winner under IRC of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.

In winning the race, sponsors Sevenstar Yacht Transport have also awarded Jens Kellinghusen with a US$20,000 voucher to ship Varuna to their selected destination worldwide, which will be used to transport Varuna to Malta to take part in the Rolex Middle Sea Race, the final race of the RORC Season's Points Championship.

Although six yachts are still racing, none of them can better Varuna's corrected time racing under IRC. Jens Kellinghusen was quick to praise his crew for their performance, Varuna has no powered winches and the tough conditions required tremendous physical exertion and long hours hiking out on the rail: "The weather conditions really suited Varuna. Our biggest competition was with the canting keel boats, which would have preferred reaching, but the downwind conditions towards the end were ideal for us. I am so happy for the crew as they all did a great job and the boat held together in some testing conditions. I am very pleased, this is the first time we have participated and we really enjoyed the race. We already use Sevenstar for transporting Varuna, so the $20,000 from the sponsors is very much appreciated."

Varuna's crew comprised Jens Kellinghusen, Tim Daase, Guenter Alajmo, Guillermo Altadill, Luke Molloy, David Blass, Fynn Terveer, Jan Hilbert, Gunnar Knierim, Peter Knight, Christian Stoffers, Alastair Sayers.


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