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GP Week : Issue 224
After a near faultless performance from the start, the Victorian gaff rig cutter Partridge 1885 owned by the Jean Boulle Group won the prestigious 2014 rolex trophy at Les Voiles de Saint-tropez, the regatta which closes the mediterranean race season and attracts 300 classic and modern yachts every year. It was a superb win for this yacht, built in 1885, which coped admirably with unpredictable conditions. Skippered by Alexander Laird, Partridge and her crew set the bar high by winning the first race in both real and corrected time, before raising her game in the second to finish a comfortable first 24 minutes ahead on corrected time. And while she did not manage to pull off the hat-trick on the final day, she did more than enough to clinch victory in the overall ranking. “It’s a great honour to win the Rolex Trophy. The crew has been incredible and throughout the week we were very focused on manoeuvring and calling tactics as the weather conditions weren’t easy. I’m very happy as it’s an accolade for us and above all for the boat,” said Alexander Laird, skipper of Partridge. Like many yachts built in the late 18th and early 19th century, their history involves many fine years sailing in the English Channel, before eventually being abandoned in a mudflat. The story of Partridge runs a similar course until she was rescued from anonymity in 1980 from the Blackwater River in Essex. After a long restoration, completed in 1998, Partridge began a new career in the South of France where her elegant silhouette has graced many a regatta over the years. With this excellent win, Partridge can add another trophy to her list. At the 2015 Monaco Classic Week (September 9-13), this doyenne of the Mediterranean classic yacht circuit will celebrate her 130th anniversary. Partridge 1885 retains pole position to clinch Rolex trophy 2014 at Les Voiles de saint-tropez When the Manor arrived in Melbourne for the season opening grand prix, fans breathed a huge sigh of relief. After losing the team and one other at the end of 2014, the turnaround of the Marissia Manor team was nothing short of a miracle. No sponsors or funds to speak of eight races ago after raising the team from the ashes, the team now looks to have turned a corner of sorts by taking to the track at their home grand prix with another brand new sponsor in tow - their second in a month. A new partnership with Flex Box, sees the MR03B dressed in red and blue with the new deal and colours will remain with the team for the remainder of the 2015 season. This deal follows on from a similar announcement in Canada when the squad began collaborating with Airbnb. “It is very rewarding for us to be able to welcome likeminded brands to join us on that journey and assist them in achieving their own global objectives,” said team owner Stephen Fitzpatrick. With all the negativity surrounding Formula One of late, news of these two sponsors for the smallest team on the grid is extremely good news both on and off the circuit. 15 GPWEEK.com // 15 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news more sponsors is good news for mAnor And f1