Bermuda Race record falls

Roy Disney's maxi hurtles into the Atlantic island in ocean racing classic

Monday June 17th 2002, Author: Talbot Wilson, Location: United States
Roy Disney's Reichel-Pugh maxi Pyewacket shattered the Newport Bermuda Race record.  The sled finished the 635 mile ocean racing classic at 19:54:22 EDT with an unofficial elapsed time of 53hrs 39min 22sec. This cuts 3hrs 52min 28sec off the previous record of 57hr:31min:50sec set in 1996 by George Coumantaros' maxi Boomerang.

Boomerang crossed the line a close second at 20:17:44 also breaking her own record as well.

Roy Disney's 75ft Pyewacket revelled in 20­30 knot southwesterly winds, power reaching at 14 knots directly for Bermuda's St David's Lighthouse Sunday morning, her crew hopeful of finishing by 5:30 pm EDT ­ or earlier! Light winds slowed her progress but the record still fell.

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