New Record Set In Newport Bermuda Yacht Race

June 19, 2016

[Written by Talbot Wilson]

Comanche has set a Newport Bermuda Race record celebrating her line honours victory in the 50th Thrash to the Onion Patch, Newport Bermuda 2016.

Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark’s 100 foot screamer, skippered by Ken Read, crossed the line off St. David’s Lighthouse at 4:22:53 EDT.

Her elapsed time is a provisional 34hrs 42min 53sec, almost five hours ahead of the previous 39:39:18 set in 2012 by George David in Rambler.

The 100ft Comanche speeding at 25 knots. Photo: Barry Pickthall/PPL

2016 Newport Bermuda Yacht Race start. COMANCHE skippered by Ken Read, blasts away from the start at 25knots, in the hope of breaking the course record of 39 hours 39 minutes

The next closest boat is Maximizer, a Farr 72, which now has an ETA of 17:48 tomorrow, June 20.

If you could not go to Newport for the start, the start can come to you. Watch a replay of live video and commentary of the start on Livestream. Commentator Andy Green hosted the program from the Inn at Castle Hill overlooking the starting line.

With cameras on the hill and on the water, he was close to the action bringing live sailing directly to you.

Green is now posting race updates and commentary at 10AM EDT, and at 12, 2, and 5PM daily throughout the race. Facebook, Twitter, and the web will be buzzing with news and reports.

Comanche skippered by Ken Read, blasts away from the start at 25 knots. Photo: Daniel Forster/PPL

2016 Newport Bermuda Yacht Race start. COMANCHE skippered by Ken Read, blasts away from the start at 25knots, in the hope of breaking the course record of 39 hours 39 minutes

Virtual spectators can watch the race unfold as their favorite yachts, skippers, or crewmembers in this 635-mile ocean classic tack and gybe their way through the Gulf Stream and hunt for the wind in the ‘happy valley’ north of Bermuda.

All boats in the 2016 fleet will be tracked by YB satellite trackers as live as it can be on Pantaenius Race Tracking — www.pantaenius.com/NBRtracking— your link to all the action in the race. Reports are delayed by 4 hours to maintain fairness in the competition.

The record-setting Comanche begins the Newport Bermuda race. Photo: Daniel Forster/PPL

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  1. Bda bye says:

    Congrats to Comanche and her team, that is a insane time to make that crossing. Record should stand for awhile.

  2. Point boy says:

    Must have been a bumpy ride. Wow

    • Terry says:

      Good point “Point”.

      Gives a new meaning to Dark & Stormy……

  3. Patricia Costello says:

    Congratulations for a smashing victory!!!

  4. paperboy says:

    Congratulations – what a beauty! I hope the Bermuda public can come and see this state of the art craft – a masterpiece.

  5. Congratulation to “Comanche…Her elapsed time is a provisional 34hrs 42min 53sec, almost five hours ahead of the previous 39:39:18 set in 2012 by George David in Rambler.