PUMA Wins Transatlantic 2011

Following a six day, 22 hour, eight minute and two second journey, Rambler 100 took line honors Sunday in the Transatlantic Race 2011. However, skipper George David and his crew have been denied an overall victory by PUMA’s Mar Mostro, skippered by Ken Read, which crossed the finish line at The Lizard, Cornwall, U.K. earlier today. Race officials have already determined that
Author:
Publish date:
PUMAwin

Following a six day, 22 hour, eight minute and two second journey, Rambler 100 took line honors Sunday in the Transatlantic Race 2011. However, skipper George David and his crew have been denied an overall victory by PUMA’s Mar Mostro, skippered by Ken Read, which crossed the finish line at The Lizard, Cornwall, U.K. earlier today. Race officials have already determined that none of the boats still at sea will be able to knock Mar Mostro off its perch, and that the boat will be the overall winner of the event.

After just a brief stop, Mar Mostro sailed directly on to its training base in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, to prepare for the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race.

“The finish was excruciating,” Read said shortly after crossing the line. “We approached The Lizard knowing we had to get there quick because the current was about to change and go against us. As we entered the English Channel the breeze was dying steadily to the point where the current did change. Literally, when the race committee said we were finished, we were stopped and about to throw the anchor as we would have been going backwards with the current.”

Rambler’s elapsed time to complete the journey established a new record for the 2,975 nautical mile course, to be ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council. The net speed average was 15.7 knots, and despite a few lags at the end, the crew was satisfied with the sailing, David said.

“This has been an exhilarating race, where we have been well out of sight of land, completely unsupported and in a high performance machine, which you are taking close to the edge, for a very long time,” David said.

The race consisted of a rolling series of starts; two previous starts took place June 26 and June 29. Both Rambler 100 and Mar Mostro set off on July 3. Although the fleet enjoyed strong winds in the beginning, it has since become bogged down in light air.

Organized by the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Yacht Squadron, the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Storm Trysail Club, the Race is one of seven making up the new Atlantic Ocean Racing Series. Other races include the Pineapple Cup-Montego Bay Race, RORC Caribbean 600, the Annapolis to Newport Race, the Rolex Fastnet Race, Biscay Race and the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

For more on the Transatlantic Race 2011, click here.

Related

qr_main

Antal: QR Clutch

Get a Grip Italian deck gear maker Antal’s two new QR clutches not only have high holding power—up to 3,500lb for the QR10 and 4,800lb for the QR12—they can be opened and released under maximum load, so there’s no longer any need to take up the strain on a winch before freeing a ...read more

leadpicBoxes

DIY: Easy Drawers and Boxes

During the extensive refit of my Pearson 40, I needed to create a significant number of custom-sized plywood drawers and stowage bins, or boxes. These included 10 under-floor storage bins, under-sink organizers, boxes for tools and stores, and even a specially fitted cat ...read more

ARC2018Flags

Tips on Gaining Experience Passagemaking

Whether you want to build a sailing resume or just gain practical experience, getting more miles under your keel is key. You can sail a lifetime of summer afternoons and never quite get the hang of cruising—where creativity and offshore savvy result in self-sufficiency and ...read more

arc18-3981

Stories from the Cruisers of the ARC

Each December, the docks at Rodney Bay Marina in St. Lucia are abuzz as the fleet of the ARC—the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers—arrives to much fanfare. No matter what time of day or night, the staff of the World Cruising Club, organizers of the 33-year-old rally, are there to ...read more

TOTW_PromoSite

SAIL's Tip of the Week

Presented by Vetus-Maxwell. Got a tip? Send it to sailmail@sailmagazine.com A sign from outside the box  Rev counters on modern engines are driven electronically from a terminal on the alternator. If all is well, as soon as the engine fires up the revs will read true. If, ...read more

emSelf-tacking-jib

Ask Sail: Are Self-trackers Worth It?

Q: I’m seeing more and more self-tacking jibs out on the water (and in the pages of SAIL) these days. I can’t help thinking these boats are all hopelessly underpowered, especially off the wind, when compared to boats with even slightly overlapping headsails. But I could be ...read more

01-LEAD-hose-leak-CREDIT-BoatUS

Know how: Is Your Bilge Pump up to the Job?

Without much reflection, I recently replaced my broken bilge pump with a slightly larger model. After all, I thought, surely an 800 gallon-per-hour (gph) pump will outperform the previous 500gph unit? Well, yes, but that’s no reason to feel much safer, as I soon discovered. The ...read more