Comanche chops hours from Newport Bermuda line honours record

June 19, 2016

By Rush Hambleton


Comanche chopped hours off the elapse time for the Newport Bermuda race finishing pre-dawn in Bermuda on sunday June 19. Jim and Kristy Clark’s all-out, high-tech racer skippered by Ken Read finished in 34hr 42 min 53 sec. Credit Daniel Forster/PPL
Comanche chopped hours off the elapse time for the Newport Bermuda race finishing pre-dawn in Bermuda on sunday June 19. Jim and Kristy Clark’s all-out, high-tech racer skippered by Ken Read finished in 34hr 42 min 53 sec. Credit Daniel Forster/PPL

Dateline- Hamilton, Bermuda: June 19, 2016— 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 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.

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

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