Thursday, June 21, 2012
Finishing first across the line in 39 hours, 39 minutes and 18 seconds after the Newport start.
Bella Mente was second.
The 67' Tanton's Circus Maximus, back in 1978 finished first over the line in 105 hours; 9 hours and 9 minutes.
The race that year, was the slowest in Bermuda race history. A combination of an almost total lack of wind and sailing it all to weather, let a skipper to say " I felt as if I was racing the seaweed, and at one time, the seaweed was winning".
The same Summer, C-M went on to break the Marblehead to Halifax record held since 1939.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Thanks to modern communication, the trip is the object of a long film documentary and will be released soon. I'll keep you posted.
Chauncey, since has crossed the Atlantic on a J60 and is completing his MBA.
Dominique is involved with the racing program of the new 72' "Bella Mente". The boat is sailing in the 2012 Bermuda Race, which started yesterday.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
The wonderful exploit of the 16 year old Jessica Watson going around the world solo; more recently, the Laura Dekker story, and so many others reminds me of my own desire at their age to do the same. Of course, it never happened. But the next best thing is to have many Tanton's designed boats to make the trip of a life time. One of them is the StarCruiser. Now named Lunacy, the owner of a few years is Charles Doane, an editor for Sail Magazine. I found interesting his own blog, by the many different segments of articles and the fact that Charles really knows about boats!
A little side story:
Fortunately, I had sent a set of the plans by regular mail and they where at the Metal Craft facility when I arrived. You never know about boats!