Irish Beneteau dealer BJ Marine is not resting on its laurels following a double victory for the French Cruiser/Racer in Australia's Sydney-Hobart Race. Two brand new FIRST 40s, Two True and Wicked took the two first places overall under IRC division in the 628 miles offshore race.
The French boats completed the course (between Sydney Harbour and Hobart in Tasmania) in 3 days and 23 hours. Only 20 minutes separated these two FIRST 40s on the finish line. They finished two hours ahead of their third rival on corrected time. TWO TRUE also came first overall in the ORCI class.
BJ's James Kirwan says that "The FIRST 40 takes over therefore from the prestigious FIRST 40.7, which had taken the honours in 2003 on the same course". "It is an historic occasion to see two identical FIRST 40s taking the first two places in a competition that brings together such a varied fleet from 100 foot super-maxis to 33 foot sailing yachts in this 64th Sydney-Hobart Race", he added.
The first First 40 was delivered into Ireland by BJ Marine during the summer of 09 and another is being handed over to an Irish owner next month. The equally competitive First 35 has just been launch also with the first order already taken in Ireland for the 2010 season. With performances like this, BJ say they are the ideal Round Ireland or round the can competitors. A First 40 has been added to the Boats for sale site here.