Anna Burnet and John Gimson, celebrated Olympic sailing silver medallists have achieved the extraordinary by shattering the world record for the fastest sailing journey between Ballyholme, Co. Down and Portpatrick, Scotland. In a jaw-dropping display of skill and determination, the dynamic duo completed the challenging route in a remarkable 1 hour, 30 minutes, and 41 seconds, cementing their status as sailing legends.
With a storied history of success in competitive sailing, Burnet and Gimson have consistently showcased their unwavering commitment to the sport and their unparalleled synergy both on and off the water. Their journey to Olympic glory, which culminated in a silver medal at the highest level of competition, captured the imagination of sailing enthusiasts worldwide and solidified their positions as two of the most prominent figures in the sailing world.
Now, with their record-breaking achievement, Anna Burnet and John Gimson have once again made history. Speaking about their remarkable feat, Burnet expressed,
“Breaking this world record was an incredible experience, and it’s a testament to the years of hard work and dedication we’ve put into our craft. We hope it inspires others to chase their own dreams and push the boundaries of what’s possible in sailing.”
“The sea between Northern Ireland and Scotland is a challenging and unpredictable environment, and conquering it in record time was an extraordinary challenge. We couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve accomplished together.”
The previous world record for the Belfast Ballyholme to Portpatrick route had stood since 2015, and it served as a daunting benchmark for sailors attempting the journey. Anna Burnet and John Gimson’s remarkable performance showcases their exceptional skills.
The duo were supported on their challenge by Belfast-based Artemis Technologies accompanied on route by Pioneer of Belfast, the world’s first 100% electric commercially viable foiling vessel.
Dr Iain Percy OBE, CEO of Artemis Technologies commented,
“I am immensely proud of Anna and John for their outstanding achievement in breaking the world record for the Belfast Ballyholme to Portpatrick route. Their dedication, skill, and unwavering determination are a testament to the spirit of excellence that we uphold at Artemis Technologies. We are honoured to have supported them on this remarkable challenge, and their success is a shining example of what can be accomplished when innovation and ambition intersect on the open water.”
Beyond their athletic achievements, Anna Burnet and John Gimson are passionate advocates for climate change awareness and sustainability. They believe that the health of our oceans and the future of sailing are intrinsically linked to environmental conservation efforts. Their record-breaking journey served as a powerful statement, highlighting the urgent need to address climate change and protect our precious marine ecosystems.
Speaking about their commitment to environmental causes, Burnet stated,
“As sailors, we have a deep connection to the sea, and we’ve witnessed firsthand the impact of climate change on our oceans. It’s crucial that we raise awareness about these issues and inspire action to protect our planet.”
John Gimson added,
“Our world record attempt was not just about breaking records but also about sending a message. We want to encourage everyone to take steps towards a more sustainable future, whether it’s reducing their carbon footprint or supporting initiatives that combat climate change.”
As they reflect on their monumental achievement, Anna Burnet and John Gimson invite individuals and organisations worldwide to join them in their commitment to environmental stewardship. Their journey, marked by dedication and passion, demonstrates that the world of sailing can play a vital role in raising awareness about climate change and protecting our planet for future generations.