Joseph Dockery's Farr 60 Carrera was named overall winner of the Pineapple Cup - Montego Bay Race today after the last boat had finished and corrected times were scored. Dockery was awarded the Pineapple Cup for the best overall performance and was al...
Ken Read, helmsman aboard Carrera, described this year's competition as a very technical challenge but a very enjoyable distance race. "It was really three different races," Read explained. "We all had a fast race across the Gulf Stream from Fort Lauderdale to Hole in the Wall in the Bahamas which turned into a convergence zone. Some boats made it through in good shape, some didn't. We had a close fetch down to the Windward Passage where the breeze went light and the race started again. From there it was stops and starts, with different groups dominating as the conditions changed. The smaller boats were able to ride squall lines down to the bigger boats that were stalled ahead".
Terry Hutchinson, helmsman aboard Rima, agreed with Read's three-race explanation. "The biggest obstacle was getting through the Hole in the Wall," Hutchinson said. "We thought we saw some promising weather and took the aggressive route only to have the breeze shut off on us."
With five IMS maxis and seven PHRF maxis in this year's 17-boat fleet, there were high hopes that Windward Passage's 29-year-old record for the 811-mile course would fall. The course takes the competitors down the outside of the Bahamas, past the eastern tip of Cuba and through the Windward Passage. However unsettled weather conditions north of the Bahamas killed the prevailing trade winds and any hope of a new record.
At the front of the fleet, Jim Dolan's 76-foot maxiboat Sagamore shadowed Roy Disney's 75-foot sled Pyewacket all the way into the Windward Passage. However, Disney 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 on Tuesday 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 on Wednesday 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. He promised to return for another attempt at the record in two years time.