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It's sure looking good. It's the last race at Big Boat Challenge 2010 and first boat from the 1-IRC class at the windward mark is the new Faurby 396 racing edition "Krone 1" helmed by Jesper Bank. Close behind is the German IMX 40 "Veolia", and fourth boat to set spinnaker is the First 40 "Westwind". All three powered by EPEX sails from Elvstrøm.

It's sure looking good. It's the last race at Big Boat Challenge 2010 and first boat from the 1-IRC class at the windward mark is the new Faurby 396 racing edition "Krone 1" helmed by Jesper Bank. Close behind is the German IMX 40 "Veolia", and fourth boat to set spinnaker is the First 40 "Westwind". All three powered by EPEX sails from Elvstrøm.

Three in top four

And the excellent positions continued to the overall scoreboard. At the end of the day Jesper Bank and "Krone 1" came in second in the 1-IRC class while the Norwegian "Smil" took third. The Norwegian boat also powered by EPEX. Away from the podium positions German "Veolia" took fourth, making it a three out of four equipped with EPEX sails. The 1-IRC class was won by the Swedish J109 "Blur".

The Norwegians dominated

In the 2-IRC class the Norwegians were dominating. The royal TP 52 "Fram VVI" stole the picture together with the Cookson 50 "Camilla". The two Norwegian giants had their own battle on the race course, but in the first race they were defeated by another Norwegian "Magic", a King 40 captained by Aasmund Drolsum. And need we say equipped with EPEX sails? But magic doesn't last forever and in the third race the King 40 had to withdraw due to damages on the deck.

Unique sails

Two years ago the sailing industry woke up to a revolution in sailmaking when Elvstrøm Sails introduced the EPEX laminate sail and at Big Boat Challenge one of five boats were powered by these unique sails. And as stated above the sails proved strong in the difficult conditions with winds around 23 knots giving several of the teams a hard time. Spinnakers were blown apart and boats were capsizing.

Yet to come

The new Faurby 396 Jesper Bank Edition is just one of the new boats that goes well with the EPEX technology. At Big Boat Challenge we missed the opportunity to see two of the most innovative sailing projects in the sailing industry. The brand new Knierim 33 "Zephir" had to withdraw shortly after the start of the first race due to broken equipment. And the high-profiled "Carbon 3", a Danish full carbon trimaran, by Danish media called out to be the fastest boat in Denmark, has yet to prove what it's up to. Each of theese boats will make a difference in whatever race they are participating. And in spite of their differences they have at least two things in common. They are both build to break records and they have both chosen EPEX sails from Elvstrøm in order to secure excellent results over the next months.

Fotos: BBC Kerteminde