A Record Breaking Year?


After starting this 34th Edition of the Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race in beautiful conditions and consistent breeze of between 17-20 knots from the north west, Argo has sailed what could be the perfect race. The MOD 70, owned by Jason Carroll and crewed by veterans of multiple America’s Cups, Volvo Ocean Races and a Vendee Globe are on course to smash the multihull course record set by Steve Fossett’s ORMA 60, Lakota in 1999. The record currently stands at 2 days 20 hours 8 minutes and 5 seconds. Argo has consistently posted average speeds in excess of 25 knots and with 80 miles until the famous Montego Bay Yacht Club welcome, their arrival is expected at approximately 1pm ET.

In the PHRF fleet, the Santa Cruz 52 Sin Duda! continues to make impressive gains towards the finish line. They’ve now rounded Cuba and as of this morning the team has been posting consistent speeds of 13+ knots. Leading the chasing pack is the Class40 Dragon, skippered by Mike Hennessy, who is no stranger to the Pineapple Cup having competed multiple times. During last night’s written report Mike said: “Now we are plowing through the gloaming, with threatening cloud lines on every side.  We head towards an imaginary point 13 miles east of Cuba, put there to keep us from going into Cuban territorial waters. Once we pass that in the early morning hours we can finally turn west and start to point at the finish. That last 236 miles looks tricky too.”

Dragon is now some 18 miles from rounding the south western point of Cuba with both Renegade and Katara only a stone’s throw behind them. They are followed by Lee Overlay Partners II and the Farr 395 Senara, who enjoyed lentil soup for dinner while sailing under the Code Zero.

In this race of multiple races, Wizard, the Volvo 70, currently leads the IRC Fleet. They are now  south of Long Island, Bahamas after being somewhat becalmedwhere they opted to take the inside line between Eleuthera and Cat Island. They were followed by Lady Mariposa Racing who retains second place in the IRC fleet while Conviction, the TP52 skippered by Barbadian Peter Lewis, opted to follow the more traditional route around. The IRC Fleet has between 417nm and 470 nm respectively remaining on the racecourse.

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