Transatlantic Race Follow-Up
(CC/OP Staff) To the surprise of absolutely nobody who knows the players involved, George David’s Rambler 100 scorched across the North Atlantic in record time, gaining line honors and setting a new speed record of 6d:22h between Newport and the point of land of the southwest coast of England known as The Lizard.
The second non-surprise was Puma’s Volvo 70 mar mostro nabbing the corrected time win over Rambler and the rest of the fleet. While mar mostro never physically led the race, they stayed close enough to Rambler and far enough ahead of the rest of the fleet to assure victory.
The third non-surprise was the Gunboat 66 Phaedo’s boat-for-boat victory over the 298-foot Maltese Falcon. The lightweight catamaran was better equipped to deal with the light air that bedeviled the fleet than was the massive three-masted luxury yacht.
While the big-name speedsters are already in port (or headed to the Mediterranean, as is Falcon, or to their training base in the Azores, as is mar mostro), the slower boats have as much as a week’s sailing left before they can enjoy the many pleasures that England has to offer ocean-weary crew. For a complete breakdown of the results, or to follow the still-sailing marathon teams, go here.