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Less than one month until international fleet takes on 34th Pineapple Cup

by Pineapple Cup 9 Jan 12:12 PST 27 January - 2 February 2019
Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race – Winners awarded © Edward Downer / Pineapple Cup

With less than one month to the start of the 34th edition of the Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race, 14 teams are set to race in the 811-nautical mile race from Miami to Montego Bay, Jamaica. In addition, The Montego Bay Yacht Club is pleased to announce additional sponsors and partners to the race including: Bainbridge International, Doctor's Cave Bathing Club, S Hotel Jamaica and RMK Merrill Stevens.

The Pineapple Cup is one of the oldest yachting trophies dating back to 1961 where it was hand-crafted in London. Throughout the years, the trophy has been awarded to some of the most well known names in yachting including: John Kilroy, Ted Turner and Robert F Johnson.

The course record is 2 days, 10 hours, 24 minutes and 42 seconds set in 2005 by Titan 12, a 75' Reichel/Pugh designed maxi boat. The 2019 edition will see the Mod70, Argo competing and with the right weather conditions, there is a high probability that Titan 12's record could be broken.

The 2019 edition of the Pineapple Cup will have two starts: the PHRF fleet will start at 11h00 ET on Sunday, January 27th and the IRC and Multihull fleets will start on Monday, January 28th at 14h00 ET. With 18 days before the first start, there are currently 14 teams registered include the Volvo 70 Wizard, MOD 70 Argo, TP52 Conviction and two British entrants: Lady Mariposa (Ker46) and Lee Overlay Partners II (Swan60). A complete list of registered entrants can be found at www.yachtscoring.com/current_event_entries.cfm?eID=4755

Montego Bay Yacht Club Commodore Nigel Knowles,"We're delighted to continue building strong and meaningful relationships with our commercial partners, many of whom are returning for their second edition of the Pineapple Cup! The excitement at the Montego Bay Yacht Club has been growing with the expectation of a truly international fleet, containing many of the best ocean racers, descending on our beautiful club. Our members, volunteers and race partners are looking forward to providing the legendary hospitality that the Montego Bay Yacht Club and Jamaica have become renowned for!"

For more information, please visit: pineapplecup.com

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