PlayStation sets new Miami-New York record

American skipper Steve Fossett and his international crew have set a new world sailing speed record.

Wednesday May 23rd 2001, Author: P100Sport, Location: United Kingdom
Steve Fossett's maxi catamaran PlayStationset up a new Miami-New York speed record today, taking a substantial 16 hours and 55 mins off the previous record.
American skipper/owner Fossett and his 12-strong international crew took the 125ft craft past Ambrose Light, New York at 2237 GMT yesterday evening (22 May), having crossed the start line at South Point Tower, Miami at 1642 GMT on Sunday 20 May - an elapsed time of two days, five hours, 55 minutes and eight seconds.

The previous record for this passage - two days 22 hours 50 mins - was set by Data Explorer, co-skippered by Bruno Peyron (France) and Cam Lewis (USA), in June 1999.

Reflecting on setting his 14th world record under sail, a pleased Steve Fossett spoke tonight by satellite phone from the boat just after passing New York:

"It is nice to be back in the record business! And for a number of the crew it was their first world record. Winds were quite moderate really - we started in only ten knots and we've probably seen a 15 knot average wind speed. But it has been consistent - except for the past few hours, anyway! And PlayStation excelled in these conditions. We covered 505 nautical miles the first day - and 503 the second. So this has been a very good trip - not just for the new record, but because we've really shown her potential again."

PlayStation and her crew are now sailing on to Newport, Rhode Island and will arrive early Wednesday morning, where final preparations for his latest attempt on the 11-year old transatlantic sailing record between Ambrose Light, New York and the Lizard, Cornwall, will begin. Steve Fossett is shortly off to Australia however, from where he will attempt the first solo round the world balloon flight. Codenamed Solo Spirit, this goes on weather watch on May 29.

PlayStation's Miami-New York Record Crew

Steve Fossett (USA), skipper
Andrew Harrall (NZ), navigator
Ben Wright (Aus), watch captain
Dave Scully USA), watch captain
Pete Melvin (USA)
Roland Gaebler (Ger)
Dawn Riley (USA)
Dave Calvert (USA)
Peter Hogg (NZ)
Chuck Hawley (USA)
Paul Van Dyke (USA)
Shaun Biddulph (GB)
Anthony Hussey (Aus)

Bob Rice (USA) was meteorologist.

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