It has been a strange month with the loss of master mariner and oceanic racing legend Mike Birch and then America’s Cup Challenger Peter de Savary – two yachtsmen who could not have been more different yet both put a big stamp on the sport. Birch, ironically, passed away just before the start of the 2022 Route du Rhum, a race he helped put on the map with an astonishing victory in the first edition in 1978. The most modest and softly spoken member of a groundbreaking generation of multihull pioneers, Birch kept his friends close… none more so than peerless photographer and multihull enthusiast Christian Février who also played a big part in the historic story that led directly to today’s 900-mile per day Ultim oceanic greyhounds
Michael Birch entered the legend of sailing in 1976 with his first participation in the British Ostar – on a Val, a tiny 9.75m-long trimaran designed by Dick Newick.
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