A new monohull record, a giant-killing performance by a cruising catamaran and a straight-out-of-the-box victory for the new Puma Volvo 70: those were some of the high points of last summer’s dramatic Transatlantic Race 2011.
George David’s super-maxi Rambler 100 blasted across the 2,975-mile course from Newport, Rhode Island to Lizard Point off Cornwall, England, in just over 6 days, 22 hours, a new record (yet to be ratified) for a monohull. But it was Puma’s Volvo 70 Mar Mostro—in training for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race—that took the overall win on corrected time, after finishing about 12 hours later. The anticipated matchup between Rambler 100 and the other super maxi in the race, ICAP Leopard, failed to materialize after ICAP Leopard broke her bowsprit on the second day, shortly after passing George’s Bank.
One unexpectedly exciting battle was the tussle between the 289-foot square-rigged Maltese Falcon and Lloyd Thornburg’s “diminutive” Gunboat 66 Phaedo. Both boats competed in the race’s open class, with the Gunboat 66 leaving Maltese Falcon in its wake off the starting line, only to be reeled in again as the big square-rigger found its stride. In the end, though, as the wind went light off the British Isles, it was Phaedo by a wide margin.
Among the other boats making up the diverse 26-strong fleet were the classic 86-foot yawl Nordwind, the veteran 42-foot S&S sloop Sasha, the 115-foot ketch Sojana, the Class 40s Dragon and Concise 2, and the Reichel-Pugh 65 Vanquish, sailed by the All-American Offshore Team out of the Oakcliff Sailing Center.
Organized by the New York Yacht Club, the Storm Trysail Club, the Royal Yacht Squadron and the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the race was the fourth of seven regattas constituting the newly created Atlantic Ocean Racing Series.
For more on the Transatlantic Race 2011 and the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series, visit transatlanticrace.com.
29: Number of crewed transatlantic races since 1866
13: Number of days it took Henrietta to win in 1866
30,000: The amount of wager per boat in the 1866 race, in dollars
80: Age of the oldest competitor in 2011, Huntington Sheldon, skipper of Zaraffa
72: Age of the oldest boat in the 2011 race, the yawl Nordwind
15.7: Rambler 100's average overall speed inknots in the 2011 race
20: Crew on Maltese Falcoln, including 2 stewardesses and a sous chef