SAIL - - Racing Under Sail -

Four ocean­go­ing records found them­selves fall­ing by the way­side in quick suc­ces­sion this past sum­mer—two on the At­lantic, two on the Pa­cific.

In the At­lantic, the first to fall was the course record for the clas­sic 363-mile Mar­ble­head-to-Hal­i­fax Ocean Race, which the 68ft Prospec­tor com­pleted in a miserly 28 hours 28 min­utes, shav­ing two hours off the record set by Bella Pita in 2011.

The other At­lantic record to fall was the solo transat­lantic, with French sail­ing leg­end Fran­cis Joyon mak­ing the trip from Am­brose Light off New York Har­bor to Eng­land’s Lizard in a mere 5 days 2 hours and 7 min­utes aboard his maxi-tri IDEC Sport.

Mean­while, on the other side of the planet, the ORMA 60 tri­maran Mighty Mer­loe and famed maxi-mono­hull Co­manche both set new course records in the Transpac: with the for­mer com­plet­ing the 2,225-mile pas­sage from Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia, to Hawaii’s Di­a­mond Head in 4 days 6 hours and 32 min­utes, and the later do­ing the same in 5 days 1 hour and 55 min­utes.

“It’s amaz­ing to be on boat that can go this fast. Prospec­tor is one of the best mono­hulls in the world,” said Larry Landry, who co-owns the boat, which sails out of Shel­ter Is­land, New York, along with Paul McDow­ell and David Si­wicki.

“We didn’t talk about it on board, so I didn’t know un­til we crossed the fin­ish line this evening that we had bro­ken the record,” said McDow­ell, adding that with fair winds out of the south and south­west the con­di­tions couldn’t have been bet­ter.

For more on the Mar­ble­head-Hal­i­fix, which will also be fea­tured in SAIL’s Oc­to­ber is­sue, visit mar­ble­head­to­hal­i­fax.com. For more on the Transpac, visit 2017.transpa­cyc.com.— AC

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