Twenty-two days in, leading most of the race since the starting-gun was fired on February 5th in Doha, with the wind at 70 knots NW, the sea good, flying full main and clocking speeds of 29 knots, yesterday at 0210 hrs GMT, Doha 2006 spectacularly took the first record in the Oryx Quest 2005. All eyes were on the instruments as they crossed the Amundsen Gate at longitude 163° West when they went in to the history books as the first boat to be awarded the Amundsen Trophy for this record in this non-stop round-the-world yacht race, a staggering 1500 nautical miles (approximately) ahead of the US entry, Cheyenne.
The Amundsen Trophy is named after the legendary polar explorer Roald Amundsen, considered to be the greatest polar explorer of all time. The Amundsen Gate lies at 163° West longitude and lies on the same route taken by Amundsen on his legendary trip to conquer the South Pole in 1911.
Brian Thompson, skipper of Doha 2006, reported back to Oryx Quest Race HQ who were closely monitoring the boat’s progress, “We are delighted and proud to have just claimed our first trophy and our first record for the boat. The Amundsen Trophy stands for courage, fighting spirit and determination – it is a fantastic achievement for the boat and the crew. It was an extraordinary feeling to pass the Amundsen Gate. Really quite historic with Roald Amundsen base camp in mind.”
Jørgen Amundsen, Founder and President of Amundsen Oslo and relative of Roald Amundsen, called Brian Thompson, Doha 2006 skipper on their mobile satellite phone to congratulate him and the crew on their achievement. He added “I wish you all the best for the remainder of the race. I am greatly looking forward to welcoming you back in Doha and presenting you and your crew with the Amundsen Trophy”.
The Amundsen trophy, measuring 70cm in height, was created by British artist, John Mellows, and will be presented to Brian Thompson and the crew of Doha 2006 at the official prizegiving in May 2005.
Amundsen Oslo, the first and only Norwegian watch brand, was founded in 2002 by Jørgen Amundsen. They produce three categories of unique, high quality wristwatches: Polar, Yachting and Aviation Timepieces. Amundsen Oslo timepieces are dedicated to pioneers expecting and demanding high performance and reliability in all situations on their way reaching their goals and realizing their dreams.
The Oryx Quest 2005 is the first around-the-world race for Amundsen Oslo as an official timekeeper.
Doha 2006 continues to lead the fleet about 700 nautical miles ahead of the US entry, Cheyenne, at speeds of between 22 and 30 knots heading east towards Cape Horn.
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