Jim Dolan's 76-foot maxiboat Sagamore was first to finish in the Pineapple Cup - Montego Bay Race when Roy Disney's 75-foot sled Pyewacket withdrew from competition in the home stretch after leading all the way from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Sagamore, a 76-footer designed by Bill Langan crossed the finish line off the Montego Bay Yacht Club at 6:05 PM local time, this evening after staying in contact with Pyewacket right up until the time she retired. Robert O'Neill's 75-foot Reichel/Pugh sled Zephryus IV, a companion Reichel/Pugh design to Pyewacket, was the second boat to finish, 51 minutes after Sagamore.
Disney, who was shooting to break the 29-year-old race record of 3 days, 3 hour, 40 minutes and 7 seconds, pulled into Ocho Rios, Jamaica this morning after the fleet was becalmed overnight in the Windward Passage. He phoned the Montego Bay Yacht Club to announce his retirement. Disney said he had run out of time, and a prior business engagement dictated his return to the United States. Two years ago, his Reichel/Pugh-designed sled finished in dying tradewinds, just two hours and three minutes short of the mark, after maintaining a record-breaking pace for the first two-thirds of the race. Today he promised to return for another attempt at the record in two years time.
Seventeen boats in two classes, including 12 maxi-boats, started the race to Jamaica from Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades last Friday afternoon. One boat, Marty Fisher's 48-foot J/145 Strabo from te Rhode River Boat Club in Chesapeake Bay, withdrew on Saturday and docked in Nasau, Bahamas, after hitting a reef. Eight boats had finished the race by 10:00 PM local time tonight while two more boats, Donnybrook and Rima, were within five miles of the finish line.
Sagamore 1805 39
Zephryus IV 1856 17
Magnitude 1918 38
Grins 2049 17
Blue Yankee 2058 00
Trader 2059 59
Carrera 2131 19
Zaraffa 2155 16