A year after deciding he'd like to sample short-handed racing, Peter Harding is celebrating a great result


Congratulations to Peter Harding, who finished the Transat Jacques Vabre race earlier this week 14th in the Class 40s, the first of the Brits to finish.

His result says a lot about the potential and excitement of the Class 40s. Just over a year ago, Peter, a 41-year-old fund manager and property developer, was racing round the cans in his DK46. He had never worked on the bow, never done a long offshore race and certainly never thought of racing across an ocean short-handed.

A year on, aided and abetted by Miranda Merron and Alex Sizer, he has a new semi-custom Class 40, 40 Degrees, has learned how to do everything on board and now has a fantastic result under his belt from his first ever first ocean race.

He and his co-skipper, French sailor Anne Liardet, beat a raft of professional sailors and were usually not too far behind runaway leader Giovanni Soldini. How cool is that?

“It’s been a great experience, and it really didn’t seem like 24 days at sea,” comments Peter. ” I feel less tired than after a normal RORC race. The boat is in one piece, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

For more on the ‘Roaring’ Class 40s and the opportunities for pro-am ocean racing, don’t miss the January issue of Yachting World.