Stormvogel is known as the ‘original’ Maxi, the first large, lightweight racing yacht of its type, cold molded wood construction and still racing competitively. She managed to come in 7th overall out of 181 competitors. She took line honours in the 1961 fastnet.
The 1961 Fastnet Race, a famous offshore sailing race, featured the Dutch yacht “Stormvogel.” The race, officially known as the
Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Fastnet Race, is a biennial event that takes sailors from Cowes on the Isle of Wight in England,
around the Fastnet Rock off the southwestern coast of Ireland, and back to Plymouth on the southern coast of England.
In the 1961 Fastnet Race, “Stormvogel” had a significant impact and became well-known for its performance. skippered by Cornelius Bruynzeel. “Stormvogel” not only
won its class but also secured the overall victory, earning the Fastnet Challenge Cup, which is awarded to the yacht with the best
corrected time under the RORC rating system. This was a remarkable achievement for a Dutch yacht and made “Stormvogel” one
of the most famous yachts in the history of the Fastnet Race.
The 50th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race starts from Cowes, Isle of Wight on Saturday 22nd July. For further information, please
go to the Rolex Fastnet Race website: https://www.rolexfastnetrace.com/
Last year’s Rolex Fastnet Race got off to a dramatic start, with over 30 knots of wind blasting through the fleet of 330 yachts lined up on the Solent. Not all the competitors were up to the rigours of such a full-on start, with 79 boats retiring in the first 24 hours. But one yacht truly in her element was the 74ft ketch Stormvogel. Despite being 60 years of age, the old warhorse not only took the near-gale conditions in her stride but finished a very respectable 6th in class and 7th in IRC overall.