George David’s 90’ maxi Rambler has won the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race, which started on Friday, June 15. Aided by ideal conditions, Rambler completed the 635-mile course in just 39 hours, 39 minutes and 18 seconds, clipping 14 hours off the previous best time set 10 years ago by Roy Disney’s Pyewacket. Rambler’s average speed was 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 3 minutes later by Shockwave skippered by George Sakellaris.
Many boats are still racing, and you can follow their progress via the Yellowbrick course tracker.
Race home page HERE.
Special thanks to Billy Black of Billy Black Photography for allowing the use of his race start photos.