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Newport Bermuda Race - Fleet prepare for record smashing

'George David’s Rambler (90) shown here at the Start of Class 10 in the Newport Bermuda Race in 2010. Be sure to track her on Yellowbrick in the 2012 race as she goes for line honors again in the 635-mile classic. Weather forcasters fredict favorable conditions for a recors breaking run to Bermuda.'    Fran Grenon    Click Here to view large photo

On the eve on the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race skippers, navigator and crews are buzzing about breaking records. Chris Branning, navigator of Mark Watson’s Team Tiburon, said last evening, 'I think we’ll break the record… but someone else will set the record.'

Mark Watson joked, 'Finishing so early will really hurt my bar tab at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Bar, but I’ll be able to spend more time with my family in Bermuda.' Sunday is Father’s Day.

The race for the open division is just over five hours old. Perfect conditions with spinnakers everywhere for the first time since 2002.

Winds should build down the course and across the Gulf Stream then lighten around Bermuda’s 'Happy Valley' on Sunday. The smaller, slower boats may have a tough time clawing down the course as the breeze lightens and shifts to the south.

The Newport Bermuda Race has two records, one for Open Division boats at 48hr, 28min, 31sec set by Hasso Plattner’s Morning Glory in 2004 and the ‘official’ record for traditional designs set by Roy Disney’s 75 foot Pyewacket is at 53hr, 39 min 22 sec.

Branning said they had run their race routing program Thursday afternoon and Bermuda’s Team Tiburon, a Reichel/Pugh 74 (former Bella Mente) should finish around 0900 hrs on Sunday, covering the course in about 42 hours. He guessed that George David’s Rambler would be the pacesetter.

Rambler, a Reichel/Pugh 90 from Hartford CT, is the largest boat in the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division, water ballasted but grandfathered in before movable ballast boats were moved into the Open Division. Branning said, 'A windy reach or a run are Rambler’s points of sail. She will load the ballast tanks and blast on to Bermuda.'

'If the weather sets up as predicted, Rambler should beat us by three hours.' Branning estimated. That would put them at St. David’s Lighthouse at Bermuda around 0600 setting a new traditional record of close to 39 hours.

Big boats in the Open Division may beat that. Mark Fliegner’s Indio from Monaco, the 100 foot Wally designed by German Frers, could finish before sunrise and Jim Muldoon’s Donnybrook, a cant-keeled 80 footer from Washington DC, and Med Spirit a Wellbourn 92 sailed by Michael D’Amelio of Boston MA would be right there, too.

In the Newport Bermuda Race this year, there will be a time delay in the early stages of the race to prevent competitors from using other yachts’ positions for tactical advantage.

Tracking will be delayed by six hours for the first 48 hours of the race and then go to near-real-time reports every 30 minutes from each yacht. Expect to see a jump forward after 48 hours to the yacht’s actual position. As yachts get within 15 miles of Bermuda the timing of reports will be more frequent.

As of June 14, there are 166 entries for the 48th Bermuda Race sailed since the race was founded in 1906.

St. David’s Lighthouse Division: 96
Cruiser Division: 29
Double-handed Division: 18
Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division: 16
Open Division: 6
Spirit of Tradition: 1

Dorade - She first raced in the Bermuda Race in 1930. -  Billy Black  

Bermuda Race website


by Talbot Wilson

  

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