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    2018 Antigua Bermuda Race Off To Flying Start



    The 2018 Antigua Bermuda started on Wednesday 9th May off Fort Charlotte, Antigua. Brilliant sunshine and 20 knots of trade winds combined to produce a spectacular start for the 14 yachts and 96 sailors competing in the 935 nautical mile oceanic race. Eager to begin the adventure, a highly competitive start saw the fleet fully powered up, beating into the Caribbean swell. At Green Island the fleet eased sheets, hoisting downwind sails and accelerating into a power reach that should last for at least 48 hours.


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    "We have a real variety of yachts racing this year, but the teams are peppered with some highly accomplished sailors," commented Les Crane Antigua Bermuda Race Chair. "At the start Varuna, Teasing Machine and Warrior went right inshore to get the lifting pressure, but just about the whole fleet got away to a good start. The high performance yachts will be fast, but this race is not just about grand prix racing yachts. We have teams entered like the Volvo 60 Challenger which has just three crew, 20 feet each! Also Pata Negra which is heading to Newport for the race to Bermuda, and the all-Irish crew on Irene III who will be smiling all the way to Bermuda. Safety is also a key area; all of the fleet have trackers on board and if a team has a problem, there are nearby yachts to offer assistance. We had a great party in Nelson's Dockyard last night supported by Goslings Rum and another one to look forward to at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club."













    Three hours into the race a battle was raging at the front of the fleet between Jens Kellinghusen's German Ker 56 Varuna and the turbo-charged AmericanVolvo 70 Warrior, sailed by Stephen Murray Jr. After blasting around the windward east side of Antigua at over 20 knots, Warrior was just three minutes ahead of Varuna on the water. Varuna then gybed west, while Warrior chose to stay just east of the rhumb line. As the leading yachts approached Barbuda, Varuna was launched up the leeward side of Barbuda in flatter water, whilst Warrior opted for the roller-coaster ride up the windward side. The two yachts were virtually neck-and-neck as they left Barbuda, but Varuna was seventeen miles west of the rhumb line. Eric de Turkheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine was third on the water. Three miles behind Teasing Machine, the chasing pack was led by three German yachts; Arnt Bruhn's German Class40 Iskareen, Sebastian Ropohl's JV52 Haspa Hamburg and Joachim Brünner's Andrews 56 Broader View Hamburg.

    All of the teams racing in the 2018 Antigua Bermuda Race are expected to pass Barbuda before dusk; the next land they will see will be the finish at Bermuda, over 900 miles away in the Atlantic Ocean.




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    Have to admit, never even heard of this race before, or the del sol al sol one.

    Looks like a nice courses on both!

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    Record Pace Continues




    After the first night at sea for the international fleet in the Antigua Bermuda Race the pace is relentless. The leading teams Warrior and Varuna are now over 300 miles offshore, blast reaching through two metre swell in the Atlantic Ocean. Warrior was observed to be hitting a top speed of 25 knots last night. At 1200 UTC on Day Two, the turbo-charged Volvo 70 Warrior, sailed by Stephen Murray Jr. had averaged 18 knots since the start of the race and will achieve a 24 hour run of about 450 miles; well inside record pace. Jens Kellinghusen's German Ker 56 Varuna is also set for a 400 mile run in 24 hours. Varuna is 30 miles behind Warrior but is estimated to be leading the fleet after IRC time correction.

    The most easterly of the chasing pack is Giles Redpath's British Lombard 46 Pata Negra, skippered by Oliver Heer. Pata Negra's crew include Gareth Glover, two-time skipper in the Clipper Round the World Race and the rest of the crew are all Oliver’s friends from Switzerland, and will be celebrating his 30th birthday today: “I love to sail, but it does take me away from my friends and family, so when I knew I would be at sea for my 30th, what better way to celebrate than with friends racing to Bermuda!” commented Oliver before the race.


    The most westerly team is Arnt Bruhn's German Class40 Iskareen.
    Arnt has competed in over five transatlantic races, winning his division on numerous occasions. After the Antigua Bermuda Race, Iskareen will compete in the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta, racing 3,900 miles from Bermuda to Hamburg, organised by the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) of which Arnt Bruhns is a member. Arnt will then take part in the solo Route du Rhum Race this November. Of the six German teams racing to Bermuda, Iskareen is second on the water behind Varuna. Sebastian Ropohl's JV52 Haspa Hamburg and Joachim Brünner's Andrews 56 Broader View Hamburg are locked into a match race, as are two German Swans; Hanns Ostmeier's Swan 45 High Yield and Michael Orgzey's Swan 48 Dantes.

    The vast majority of the fleet are to the west of the rhumb line, putting in additional miles to avoid an area of high pressure that is expected to arrive from the northeast tomorrow (Friday 11th May). At the moment, the strategic decision is to decide how far west to go to achieve the best performance. Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine, skippered by Laurent Pages has positioned closer to the rhumb line than the leaders; they will be hoping to stay in good breeze and sail less miles than the leading boats.

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    I think this is just the 2nd year that it has been run.

    Last year set the marks.

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    Ah Hah!

    Warrior set the record and may do so again!

    https://yachtscoring.com/event_resul...?Race_Number=1

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    Warrior & Varuna VI On Final Approach




    The turbo-charged Volvo 70 Warrior, sailed by Stephen Murray Jr., has set a blistering pace in the 2018 Antigua to Bermuda Race. Warrior has covered 770 miles in 45 hours of high speed racing in the Atlantic Ocean, and is due to finish the race in the early hours of Saturday 12th May.

    At 1400 UTC on Friday 11th May, Warrior was under 200 miles from Bermuda. Jens Kellinghusen's German Ker 56 Varuna is second on the water, 34 miles behind Warrior, and starting to close in on Warrior. The leading two teams in the race are now experiencing downwind conditions, activity on board will have increased with numerous gybes required to optimise velocity to Bermuda.

    High pressure is predicted to arrive for the chasing pack led by Eric de Turckheim's Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine. The French team will need to stay in the breeze if there are to have any chance of winning the race after IRC time correction, and lift the Warrior Perpetual Trophy.


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    Chris Stanmore-Major's Canadian Volvo 60 Challenger is mid-fleet 550 miles from Bermuda. Chris is one of the most experienced sailors in the race. As of 2018, he has sailed approximately 300,000Nm (more than the distance to the moon) including two races around the world. For the Antigua Bermuda Race Challenger is sailing with just three crew.

    “ For once I get an opportunity to visit my solo sailing roots and just 'be' with the boat while the sun goes down- I sail 20,000nm a year with Spartan and I think this is the first time I have been alone on deck and able to truly clear my head in two years. I have looked forward to sailing this route all year after the fantastic sailing we had last year- I don't think I'm going to be disappointed.”

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    Should they race to Newport instead?

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    Congratulations! Line honours and a new race record has been set by Stephen Murray Jr and his team on the turbo-charged Volvo 70 Warrior (USA). Full report and photos later. 2d 18h 32m 30s elapsed time.

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    Full Day Plus Change Removed From Antigua Bermuda Record




    American modified Volvo 70 Warrior sailed by Stephen Murray Jr. has taken Line Honours in the 2018 Antigua Bermuda Race, crossing the finish line at 7:57:48 local time local time on Saturday 12 May 2018. Warrior has set a new race record of 2 days, 18 hours 32 minutes and 48 seconds for the Antigua Bermuda Race.
    (Previous recorde establish in 2017 was 3:20:32:41 set by Warrior)



    Warrior smashed their own race record set last year by over 24 hours, much to the delight of Stephen Murray who was greeted at the finish line by Antigua Bermuda Race Chair, Les Crane.
    "It's great to be here. That was a quick ride, thrilling and exciting," smiled Murray. "We did half of the race in the first 24 hours. After that it got a little slower and more challenging as we got close to the high. This is a my favourite race course; predominately downwind in good pressure, it's warm and really nice sailing and this race is on our list for as long as we can do it. We have good competitors this year so we had our work cut out to win on corrected time."

    Warrior Crew (All USA unless stated): Stephen Murray Jr., Ryan Breymaier, Nathan Fast, Jesse Fielding, Karl Funk, Ben Lynch (IRL), Jan Majer, TJ Roney, Paul Stanbridge (GBR), Scott Tomkins, Chris Welch.


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    Jens Kellinghusen's German Ker 56 Varuna finished the race just under four hours behind Warrior on the water. After IRC time correction Varuna has set the time to beat and the impressive performance has made Varuna strong favourites to win overall under IRC and lift the Warrior Perpetual Trophy.


    "A very enjoyable race with fast conditions for the most part, with the wind shutting down just as we were about to finish the race," said Jens Kellinghusen. "I remember a Transatlantic Race when we were leading and then ran out of wind as all of the boats passed us, so it was nice to have the opposite this time. At the start of the race we discussed how important it was to sail as fast as possible while we had good wind so as to reduce the impact of the light winds forecast for the finish. This was a good policy as the wind was literally non-existent as we finished."

    Varuna IV Crew: Guenter Alajmo; Guillermo Altadill; Jaime Arbones; Reino Unido; Roberto Bermudez de Castro; Tim Daase; Jan Hilbert; Jens Kellinghusen; Peter Knight; Holger Lehning; Filip Pietrzak; Lindsay Stead; Fynn Terveer; Michel Voss.
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