Team GB

Team: Team Invictus

Country: Great Britain 🇬🇧

Boat: Invictus (GBR38)

Principals: Norman Wijker, Mark Bishop

Having never designed a C class catamaran, it showed in 2004 when Team Invictus challenged Steve Clark and Cogito for the new ICCCC. Invictus’s performance was way off the pace, but the team vowed to be back, determined not to waste the knowledge they had gained. In 2010, the new wingsail was to prove both reliable and fast.

The team were fortunate to be helped by Paul Larson of Sailrocket, and his input in developing the boats on-the-water performance helped put Invictus in 3rd place. and had occasionally been ahead of Spithill and Ashby on Alpha. This performance earned them the right to host the next event in the UK.

The team therefore have 2 tasks – building a challenger and hosting what promises to be the biggest C class event ever!

Out of the night that covers me,

      Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

      For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

      I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

      My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

      Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

      Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

      How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

      I am the captain of my soul

Invictus ~ William Earnest Henley

The Team

Norman Wijker – having read about the 1987 little America’s Cup in the year he graduated from Cranfield, and the seed was planted. A challenge was planned in the early 90s, but funding was not found, and so it lay at the back of the mind until 2002 and so began Team Invictus.

Team Invictus are announcing the return of a premier sailing event that has not been seen in the UK since 1969. It’s title is the rather sober “International C Class Catamaran Championship” (ICCCC) but to the sailing world it has become universally known as the “Little America’s Cup”

Mark Bishop – co founder of the team, Mark has sailed many years though in nothing as fast as a C class.

Helen Williams – project manager – keeping all the fellahs in line!

Cedric Bader – structures engineering

George Seyfang – Aerodynamics – George was the aerodynamicist for the Greenbird World Landspeed sailing record

Tom Phipps – Helm – Tom is currently working to get onto the UK Olympic Sailing squad for 2016

Pete Baker – Designer and all round good chap.

Claire Wijker – ICCCC 2013 event coordinator

The team however defies exact definition, its boundaries are blurred, and a network of team members and helpers brings this Corinthian team to life. Paul Larson, Gordon Kaiser and others still help, and one who is the son of John Fisk, one of the men who shaped what he would call the “little America’s Cup” and winner of the very first race in Long Island New York in 1961

The Boat

The platform will be basically the same as 2010, but with some small modifications. Invictus was designed with a semi-planning hull shape and as such remains broadly modern in design. The teams 2010 wing was destroyed in 2011 and so the team decided to use this as a good excuse to build a new one. Lessons from 2010 and further understanding of the design will be displayed when the new wing is revealed in the summer of 2010.




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