31 year old record broken

Zephyrus flies into Montego Bay first in Pineapple Cup

Tuesday February 11th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: United States
Bob McNeil's Zephyrus V has set a new elapsed time course record for the Pineapple Cup.

The American maxi crossed the finish line in Montego Bay yesterday at 13:10:58 to complete the course in 2 days, 23 hours, 5 minutes and 57 seconds. In doing so she smashed the long standing record of 3 days, 3 hours, 40 minutes and 7 seconds, set in 1971 by Windward Passage, by 4 hours, 34 minutes and 10 seconds.

Zephyrus V surged ahead of the fleet during the reaching leg through the Bahamas on the second day. She extended on the fleet through the Windward Passage and the final run to the finish in Montego Bay.

Sailing on board Zephyrus V were owner/skipper Robert McNeil, Ian Moore, Mark Sims, John Bertrand, David Culver, Dave Young, Gordon Maguire, Dave Armitage, Larry Leonard, Sydney Gavignet, Justin Slattery, Justin Smith, Keats Kealy, Fred Serafin, Chris Kam, Jono Swain, Scott Gregory and Peter Dorian.

Renegade, expected to be second across the line, retired just south of Guantanamo Bay due to medical reasons. The ill crewmember, who was suffering from an irregular heart beat, was air lifted by the US Coast Guard and taken to hospital in Guantanamo Bay where the latest reports indicate he is resting comfortably. The boat continued onto Montego Bay where a disappointed crew were greeted by the welcoming committee.

Finish times

ZEPHYRUS V - MONDAY, 13. 10.57 PHRF A
RENEGADE - RETIRED PHRF A
EQUATION - TUESDAY, 18:09:47 PHRF A
ROSEBUD - TUESDAY, 19:34:15 PHRF A
DONNYBROOK - WEDNESDAY, 01:14:04 PHRF A
SJAMBOK - WEDNESDAY, 05:22:12 PHRF A
PTARMIGAN - WEDNESDAY, 07:17:19 PHRF A
GRINS - WEDNESDAY, 08:28:29 PHRF A
SPIRIT OF MINERVA - WEDNESDAY, 14:37:10 PHRF A
FRIENDS - WEDNESDAY, 14:51:37 MULTI
SCREAMIN MIMI THURSDAY, 06:23:59 PHRF B
AURA THURSDAY, 10:10:59 PHRF B
ALEGRA THURSDAY, 10:21:40 MULTI
JAZZ THURSDAY, 11:59:54 PHRF B
BANDANA THURSDAY, 12:19:07 PHRF B
CRITICAL PATH THURSDAY, 15:51:56 PHRF B
SHANTY IRISH FRIDAY, 06:45:36 PHRF B

Overview

The popular Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race (formerly known as the Miami-Montego Bay Race) has attracted prestigious international entries since its inception in 1961.
This classic ocean race is run biennially (on the odd year) under the management of a joint race committee of the Storm Trysail Club, the Montego Bay Yacht Club and the Jamaica Yachting Association. Skippers, crews and boats, in IMS and PHRF divisions will challenge the course of 811 nautical miles to vie for the Pineapple Cup, awarded for best overall performance, the IMS Class Seahorse trophy, the PHRF Arawak trophies, and the Windward Passage Challenge Cup, awarded for breaking the course record.

The course from Florida, through the islands of the Bahamas and the Windward Passage to Montego Bay is a classic beat, reach and run, providing different challenges and conditions along the route. Frequently called "ocean racing's most complete test", the "MoBay" Race stretches the seamanship and navigational skills of even the most experienced blue water sailors.Since the first race in 1961, the elapsed time of winning boats in different years gives a strong indication of the changing conditions of the course from a frustrating 10 days in 1961,to the yet unbeaten record run of 3 days, 3 hours, 40 minutes and 7 seconds achieved by Windward Passage in 1971.

Ted Turner, three times winner of the Race, became an enthusiastic endorser of this Race as "the world's greatest ocean racing course". This enthusiasm is shared by many, and anyone who has ever raced this course holds a nearly fanatical affection for the Race.

The 2003 Race started on February 7, 2003 at 14:00 hours off Port Everglades Inlet, Florida, and ended off the Montego Bay airport.

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