Offshore in a Quarter Tonner

In the old days, yes, why not go offshore in a Quarter or even Mini Tonner. But 2012? Crossing the channel, not me, thanks.  However Jan Thirkettle has done just that in Olivia Anne VI with a win in IRC2 in the Royal Escape Race from Brighton to Fecamp. He reports having a cracking kite run for most of the 67 nm and even beat off all bar 3 of the IRC1 fleet who had more favourable tidal conditions.  He is looking forward to returning to the Solent for the Round the Island Race and the Quarter Ton Cup. Well done....