Rambler demolishes course record
George David’s 90ft maxi Rambler has smashed the Newport Bermuda race record, clipping a massive 14 hours off the previous best time set 10 years ago by Roy Disney’s Pyewacket for the 635 mile course. The new record now stands at 39 hours, 39 minutes, 18 seconds (subject to ratification) at an average speed of 16 knots.
A delighted George David said: “These were perfect conditions. The most exciting moment was when we hit 26 knots. I’m so pleased with our performance. We have reduced the record by 25% - Not bad for a boat that is now 10 years old. This Rambler is the best boat I have ever owned!”
Rambler not only slashed the race record, her crew also spanked their rivals, with Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente crossing the lighthouse line 1 hour 43 minutes behind, followed three minutes later by Shockwave skippered by George Sakellaris.
On corrected time however, Shockwave beat Rambler by 33 minutes, followed by Belle Mente in third and Team Tiburon 4th. Two yachts in class 10 are still racing.