Video: ‘Lending Club 2′ Crew Shatters Record

May 2, 2015

Lending Club 2 recently shattered the 635-nautical mile Newport to Bermuda sailing record, arriving in Bermuda at around 2.00am on April 20 to set a new time of 23 hours, 9 minutes, 52 seconds.

Until that day, the record for the Newport to Bermuda passage had belonged to the late adventurer Steve Fossett for 15 years. Fossett’s record time of 38 hours, 35 minutes and 53 seconds was achieved on the 125’ catamaran Playstation in 2000 at an average speed of 16 knots.

Slideshow of Lending Club 2 leaving Bermuda:


Renaud Laplanche and co-skipper Ryan Breymaier, and the crew of the 105’ trimaran Lending Club 2, successfully achieved their goal of establishing a new world sailing speed record for the course, which started  from Castle Hill Lighthouse, in Newport, Rhode Island and ended in Bermuda.

This new record follows after Lending Club 2’s record-setting passage earlier this month from the Isle of Wight to France, and with the Newport to Bermuda record under their belts, the sailors now plan to aim for their third record.

Highlight video released by Lending Club 2 of their record setting journey

“Steve Fossett was a great sailor who I had the honor to sail with on Playstation,” said Mr. Breymaier, a member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club. “We are very happy to honour his memory with such a fast time.

“He would have been content to see his mark bettered with such a great time. We’re thrilled with the record we set today – it’s fantastic to have the wind at our back as we head to the Transpac.”

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