St. David's Lighthouse Winner Carina to Circumnavigate Globe Between Bermuda Races
After the 48-foot McCurdy & Rhodes sloop Carina won her second St. Davids Lighthouse trophy in 2010 (the first was in 1970), owner Rives Potts sent her off on a racing circumnavigation of the globe. Crewed as usual by a combination of his relatives and other families, Carina finished second in her class in The Transatlantic Race 2011 and won her class and finished fifth overall in the Rolex Fastnet Race.
Under the command of the next generation of sailing Pottses, she then recrossed the Atlantic, transited the Panama Canal, and pulled into Sydney, Australia, in December in time for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. For once, Carina did not win a prize, and for that Potts takes responsibility. The boat performed well but I didnt perform as well as I should have.
She did not cool her heels for long. The boys want to do a circumnavigation, Potts said. On late February Carina left Perth, Western Australia, headed west toward the Cape of Good Hope. She will have sailed 30,000 miles in less than a year by the time shes expected back home in Westbrook, CT in the spring of 2012.