Offer sailors a lot of rum, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to get their attention—which is exactly what happened when Mount Gay Rum announced in 2012 that it would be doing just that for whoever set a new speed record around Rhode Island’s Conanicut Island, aka Jamestown.
Entering its second year in 2013, the challenge was open to any boat that took on the popular 17-mile sailing course between May 27 and October 31. Specific categories this time around included the outright keelboat record, the outright multihull record and the record for any sailboat under 32 feet LOA. Once again, the prize for the outright winner was the crew’s weight in Mount Gay rum.
In the end, it was Volvo Ocean Race veteran Jerry Kirby who set the new record aboard the Marstrom 32 catamaran Ultimate Pressure, which completed the course in 1hr 7min. Among his crew were fellow VOR vets Ken Read and Kimo Worthington. Setting new records in both the keelboat and under 32-foot categories was Alex Wadson’s Shaw 6.50 Manic, which finished in a hair over two hours.
This year’s window for all record attempts begins May 26 and also concludes on Halloween. Wouldn’t it be great to see some local kids knock those big Volvo bullies off their perch? We’ll figure out what to do with the rum afterward…
For details, visit aroundjamestownrecord.com.