[Updated: New record set, webcast over] Two powerboat racers left New York this morning [Aug 21] hoping to break the Bermuda Challenge record — which is 17 hours — for the fastest ocean crossing from New York to Bermuda.
Using satellite airtime provided by Marlink, the racers are live streaming video of their 730 mile journey.
In 2012, Chris Fertig and Tyson Garvin became the Bermuda Challenge champions with their time of 21 hours and 39 minutes setting a new record.
However, they only held the record for a few weeks as they were bested by an Italian team led by Fabio Buzzi who raced across the ocean in approximately 17 hours.
Fertig and Garvin set out again this morning to make a new record attempt in their Skater 399 powered by twin Cummins diesels and Arneson Surface Drives.
Livestream carried by permission of Boating Magazine [now finished]:
- Manufacturer – Skater Powerboats
- Model – 399 V-hull
- Material – Carbon/Kevlar
- Engines – Twin 5.9L, 480hp Cummins
- Transmissions – ZF Two speeds
- Drives – Arneson #8s
- Props – Precision Works 19 x 44
- Electronics – Simrad NSS Integrated Navigation system with satellite weather
- Fast cruise – 78mph @ 2mpg (light load)
- Top speed – 84mph (light load)
Created by Boating Magazine in 1994, the Bermuda Challenge is an offshore powerboat endurance race which begins at the Statue of Liberty in New York City and finishes at the sea buoy in St. Georges, Bermuda.
The first run was in 1996 by Larry Graf in his Glacier Bay 260 Canyon Runner with twin Honda 90s, and was completed in 37 hours. In 1997, a World Class 266 SF catamaran powered by Mercury Optimax 150s cut the time to 29 hours, 30 minutes.
In 2002 the record was broken again by Bermuda’s Dr Neil Burnie aboard a Renaissance Marine Prowler 302, and in 2012 Fertig and Garvin set their first record in the race, which they are hoping to break today.
You can follow along with a route tracking map here on BoatingMag.com
Update 9.49am: Things do not appear to be going as planned, as the boat is now stopped. The driver took off his lifejacket and shirt and put on a diving mask. He is now out of view, and it appears he jumped overboard.
Update 10.23am: After an approximately 30 minute long stop, the boat is now moving again. According to Boating Magazine, they were 67 miles offshore when they stopped. They had departed at around 8.40am Bermuda time.
Update 11.37am: There is a spreadsheet tracking their moves here. It is being updated, and as of this time shows them having completed 122 miles traveling at an average speed of 45.17 mph and on track to break the record. The time listed on the spreadsheet is EST, one hour behind Bermuda.
Update 3.10pm: According to the tracking spreadsheet, they have now completed approximately 300 miles — or 40% of the distance — traveling at an average speed of 49.09 mph and remain on track to break the record.
Update 5.47pm: The tracking spreadsheet shows they have traveled approximately 447 miles [58% of the distance] at an average speed of 51.01 mph. The total time estimate is 14 hours, with an estimated arrival time of 10.30pm EST [11.30pm Bermuda time].
Update 7.44pm: They have traveled over 70% of the distance [553 miles] and remain on track to break the record.
Update 9.20pm: With around 100 miles to go, there appears to be an issue. The stream is dark, but it does appear that the boat has stopped.
Update 9.46pm: They are back up and running at a faster pace now. They have traveled around 650 miles, and have around 100 miles to go. They need to finish by around 1am to break the record, so things still look promising.
Update 12.07am: They are very close to Bermuda now, and look to be making record time.
Update 12.15am: They are within 16 miles of the island.
Update 12.49am: They have arrived and set a new record of 15 hours and 48 minutes. Details here.
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