Cowes, Isle of Wight: 5th August 2017

Australian skipper Ludde Ingvall has selected his crew to sail CQS in the Rolex Fastnet race, which starts from Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, on Sunday 6thAugust.

The team on CQS will be 22 strong, and deep in ocean racing experience and talent for the 650 nautical mile dash from Cowes, down the English Channel, around the Fastnet Rock off the south west of Ireland, and back to finish in Plymouth.

Leading the helming team will be New Zealand legend Chris Dickson, the winner of many world championships, and skipper of America’s Cup challenges and round the world races.

Alongside him is watch-leeder Rodney Keenan, who designed the rig and sails for the boat, and has extensive round the world sailing experience. Also very long on offshore experience is Sweden’s Ola Astradsson, who has sailed many thousands of miles with Ludde.

Half the multi national crew are New Zealanders, with British adding four more to the total. There are three Americans, including the only female, Genny Tulloch, two Australians a Swede and an Irishman.

For sponsor Sir Michael Hintze, CEO of CQS, this will be his first Rolex Fastnet race, though he has previously done the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race.

Weather forecast for the race would indicate that the fleet will have a hard slog to windward to get to the Fastnet Rock, but it could be a fast ride back to Plymouth.



Ludde Ingvall AUS

Sir Michael Hintze UK

Rodney Keenan NZL

Chris Dickson NZL

Tony Long NZL

Brian Clarke NZL/UK

Malcolm Paine NZL

Philip Maxwell NZL

James Gale NZL

Alan Turner NZL

David Wood NZL

Ant Crossan NZL

Michael Beasley NZL

Charlie Egerton-Warburton UK

Michael Rummel UK

James Oxenham UK

Dirk Kruger USA

Scott Stearns USA

Genevieve Tulloch USA

David Ward AUS

James Espey IRL

Ola Astradsson SWE